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Deadly Fourth of July weekend on Alabama’s roads and waterways, 38 DUI arrests

Deadly Fourth of July weekend on Alabama’s roads and waterways, 38 DUI arrests

By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) investigated eight deaths during the Fourth of July weekend, from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, to midnight Sunday, July 5. ALEA Troopers in the Marine Patrol Division investigated two drownings, and Troopers in the Highway Patrol Division investigated six traffic fatalities. “One death on Alabama waterways or roadways is one too many,” ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said. “The dangers of driving or boating under the influence pose a serious threat to motorists throughout the year. We continue to urge everyone to be safe while...

July 9, 2020
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8-year-old killed, 3 others injured in Friday afternoon shooting at Riverchase Galleria

8-year-old killed, 3 others injured in Friday afternoon shooting at Riverchase Galleria

Child killed after shooting at galleria By HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - An 8-year-old child is dead and three others are injured after a shooting inside the Riverchase Galleria Friday afternoon. “This is certainly a tragic situation, when you have a innocent child who gets caught in the middle of an altercation between others,” said Hoover Police Chief Nicholas C. Derzis. According to Hoover Police, 8-year-old Royta Giles was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to Children’s Hospital. Also injured in the shooting was an adult male, an adult female and a juvenile female. Each was...

July 4, 2020
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Governor Ivey: 28,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans issued in Alabama

Governor Ivey: 28,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans issued in Alabama

By MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) - Governor Kay Ivey released a statement Monday urging Congress to put more money into the Paycheck Protection Program. The program, which ran out of money Thursday, provided loans at ultra-low interest rates to businesses with fewer than 500 employees to incentivize them to keep staff on payroll or rehire workers who have already been laid off as a result of the virus outbreak. If at least 75 percent of the money goes to keep employees on the payroll, the federal government will forgive the loans. Governor Kay Ivey on the program: “In Alabama, small businesses...

April 20, 2020
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State Superintendent of Education: School officials working on option for virtual learning in the fall

State Superintendent of Education: School officials working on option for virtual learning in the fall

Possible virtual learning available next fall By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A new option for learning could be available next school year. Alabama State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey says school officials are working on an option for virtual learning in the fall for parents or children who prefer that. Mackey mentioned the option could be good for children with underlying health issues. Mackey says some summer activities will still be allowed, including: summer workouts, band practice, cheer practice, summer school, some summer camps, and possibly a few others. Social...

May 23, 2020
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Protesters tear down statue, damage Confederate monument, smash windows and start fire in Birmingham

Protesters tear down statue, damage Confederate monument, smash windows and start fire in Birmingham

Protesters pull down statue in Birmingham By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Windows were smashed, an American flag was burned, and the Wells Fargo building was spray painted in downtown Birmingham Sunday night as what started Sunday afternoon as a peaceful protest turned into unrest. At 10:15 p.m. Sunday night Birmingham police told protesters in Linn Park they had 15 minutes to leave the area. Some started to move. But as the crowd left, some of the protesters shattered doors , threw rocks and burned a flag off 20th Street. The officers gave the order to move a few minutes after protesters...

June 1, 2020
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