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Man sentenced in health care fraud from Mississippi, Alabama

Dec. 02, 2021 14:08 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge in Alabama on Thursday sentenced a Mississippi resident to 6 1/2 years in prison after the man pleaded guilty to federal charges tied to billing that pharmacies submitted to Medicare. Phillip Minga, 56, of Amory, Mississippi,...

Troubled Alabama antipoverty group reverses closure plan

Dec. 02, 2021 08:57 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An antipoverty agency that planned to close because of financial problems linked to alleged mismanagement reversed itself will remain open with a smaller staff, a leader said. Gary Richardson, board chairman for the Jefferson County Committee for...

Alabama governor honors state's first Black poet laureate

Dec. 01, 2021 14:07 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recognized the state's first Black poet laureate, a creative writing teacher who delves into inequality and the difficulty of being Black in America, on Wednesday in the same building where Southern delegates voted to form the Confederacy 160...

FedEx driver questioned about hundreds of packages in woods

Nov. 29, 2021 22:20 PM EST

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — The recent discovery of hundreds of packages in a wooded area in Alabama have led authorities to question a FedEx driver, a sheriff said Monday. As many as 400 packages of varying sizes were found in a ravine last week about 30 miles (50 kilometers)...

Alabama starting new push to promote electric vehicles

Nov. 29, 2021 17:03 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The state announced a campaign Monday to promote electric vehicles that includes adding more charging stations that are available to motorists across Alabama. Coordinated by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Drive...

11 charged with illegal firearms purchases in Tuscaloosa

Nov. 29, 2021 11:46 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted 11 people on charges of illegally buying pistols for other people, federal prosecutors said Monday. According to the indictment, multiple guns were bought from licensed dealers in Tuscaloosa County in late 2020...

Turmoil hits antipoverty group as report questions contracts

Nov. 28, 2021 15:10 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A poverty-fighting agency in Alabama's most populous county has lost its contract to run the county’s Head Start program for disadvantaged preschoolers and is telling local officials that it needs a $3 million cash infusion to avoid going broke after temporarily...

4 arrested after protest over 2018 police shooting

Nov. 26, 2021 17:18 PM EST

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Four people were arrested Friday during a protest inside the Riverchase Galleria where a 21-year-old man was shot and killed by police during Thanksgiving shopping three years ago. The mall in suburban Birmingham was the site of a 2018 police...

Longtime Alabama sports columnist Cecil Hurt dies at 62

Nov. 23, 2021 19:32 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Cecil Hurt, a longtime sports columnist at The Tuscaloosa News, died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia. He was 62. The newspaper said Hurt died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. He had worked for The Tuscaloosa News since 1982, becoming the...

Birmingham Zoo mourns death of Kwanza, an African lion

Nov. 23, 2021 16:27 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 16-year-old male African lion at the Birmingham Zoo died Tuesday after being diagnosed with lymphoma. The Birmingham Zoo and its staff had been closely monitoring and treating the animal for age-related health issues, including kidney disease,...