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Murder charge dropped for Alabama man accused of killing mom

Sep. 16, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has dropped a murder charge against a man accused of killing his mother, after key witnesses failed to show up for trial Al.com reports 22-year-old Jonathan Pitts was charged with murder in the 2016 death of Cheryl Harrell. Police accused Pitts of killing Harrell...

Biden on racism: White people 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought...

Meet the woman behind Birmingham's first charter school

Sep. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham's educational landscape changed forever in August, when Legacy Prep, the area's first and Alabama's third public charter school, opened its doors to 130 students in Kindergarten, first, and second grades. The school, located in west Birmingham in the Daniel Payne...

Sewell brings 'Four Little Girls' production to Washington

Sep. 14, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A play about the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four girls was performed in Washington D.C. by Montgomery public school students. Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama hosted the Friday performance of "Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963." The play was originally produced by the Alabama...

Lawsuit: Poor information about pipeline led to fatal blast

Sep. 13, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama. The workers were trying to make repairs after a Colonial Pipeline Co....

Trump denies ordering NOAA to rebuke forecasters over Dorian

Sep. 11, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied instructing an aide to urge a federal agency to repudiate weather forecasters who contradicted his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. Trump responded to a New York Times report that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told...

Weather chief thanks Alabama employees for Dorian forecast

Sep. 10, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Struggling to keep his emotions in check, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration both defended President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday and thanked forecasters who contradicted the president's claims about Hurricane Dorian threatening Alabama....

NOAA scientist: agency likely broke science integrity rules

Sep. 9, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said his agency likely violated its scientific integrity rules last week when it publicly chastised a weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian threatened...

In Alabama, Sen. Doug Jones kicks off 2020 reelection bid

Sep. 8, 2019 10:39 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat who pulled off a stunning political upset in Alabama two years ago, launched his reelection bid Sunday, seeking to create another Deep South victory in a Republican-dominated state. Before several hundred cheering supporters in Birmingham, Jones...

In Alabama, Sen. Doug Jones kicks off 2020 reelection bid

Sep. 8, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, the Democrat who pulled off a stunning political upset in Alabama two years ago, has kicked off his reelection bid. Jones launched his 2020 campaign with a rally in Birmingham attended Sunday by several hundred cheering supporters. Invoking the campaign theme...