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Birmingham man charged with making suppositories in his kitchen and selling as cancer treatments

Birmingham man charged with making suppositories in his kitchen and selling as cancer treatments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A Birmingham man is charged with and accused of making and selling drugs, never approved by the FDA, as cancer treatments.Prosecutors say 54-year-old Patrick Charles Bishop obtained the peptide PNC-27 from a manufacturer based in China. He paid the manufacturer more than $600,000 in 2015 and 2016 for the product.PNC-27 has not been approved by the FDA for use in the United States as a drug to treat any disease, including cancer.According to the indictment, Bishop repeatedly assured the manufacturer that he would use the peptide solely for laboratory research...

August 28, 2020
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Authorities looking into Black woman’s death at 2018 party in Georgia

Authorities looking into Black woman’s death at 2018 party in Georgia

Family members of Black woman who died at party want answers By (CNN) - Authorities have re-opened an investigation into the mysterious death of a black mother in north Georgia. Police ruled Tamla Horsford’s death at an adult sleepover party in 2018 as accidental, but amid renewed discussions about race, politics, and equal treatment under the law, the case has sparked a public outcry. With a beaming smile and a sparkle in her eye, Horsford was a ray of light, a mother of five boys who put everyone else first, according to her family. “Supermom, supermom, she made sure she could provide for...

September 8, 2020
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Alabama State Fair adds extra security measures after night of chaos

Alabama State Fair adds extra security measures after night of chaos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama State fair is ramping up security after a night of violence that caused the fair to be evacuated and close early.“All of the sudden, a bunch of police officers just come over here barging and like shooing us away,” fair guest Detaisa Herron said. "I was pretty scared. When we were in line, I just wanted a funnel cake, and I thought we were going to get arrested or something for just standing in line.”Around 10 o’clock Saturday night, September 19, “There were no guns," State Fair Director Mark Lovell said. "There were no guns shot. They were just young...

September 21, 2020
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Alabama will allow nursing home visits, but not hugging or close contact yet

Alabama will allow nursing home visits, but not hugging or close contact yet

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - COVID-19 has kept many families have gone six months without seeing loved ones who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.Today’s new Safer at Home update offers a ray of hope but there are rules.“While these will be different because they are socially distant, it’s still good to be there in person, and we think this will do a lot to boost the spirit of our residents,” said John Matson of the Alabama Nursing Home Association regarding visits.The rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will still be strict, and touching is not allowed.“It’s a...

October 1, 2020
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ADPH: More than 809K positive COVID cases as Delta variant increases

ADPH: More than 809K positive COVID cases as Delta variant increases

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting 809,485 positive COVID-19 cases in Alabama.The Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting 14,869 deaths related to COVID-19 in Alabama.In the last 7 days, 51,839 people have been tested and 4,716 positive cases have been reported.The health department is no longer reporting presumed recoveries in Alabama. This is the statement from ADPH:The goal in data presentation is to provide the most accurate reflection of the pandemic’s effect on the population. As part of this visualization, a number of categories...

November 20, 2020
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COVID-19 map data suggests mask mandate is working

COVID-19 map data suggests mask mandate is working

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Part of the support for extending the mask order is due to the fact that the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases seems to be dropping because of the mask mandate.Dr. Wesley Willeford said about two weeks after the statewide mask order went into effect back in July, we started seeing a decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases.So, he’s happy the order was extended.Governor Kay Ivey’s office released visual proof Wednesday morning, illustrating progress made in Alabama since the mask ordinance went into effect.Doctors agree the mask mandate has been helpful in...

September 30, 2020
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Small gatherings could be the cause of COVID spikes

Small gatherings could be the cause of COVID spikes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the country.And the head of the CDC said some of this is due in part to small household gatherings.One of Jefferson County’s top docs, Dr. Wesley Willeford, said he has some concerns as cooler temperatures set in, and more people gather together indoors.He said spikes in cases caused by small household gatherings, haven’t really been a big issue here in Jefferson County, so far, although it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where people are getting COVID-19.He said it doesn’t take much for this virus to spread...

October 15, 2020
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Is it legal to switch from absentee to in-person voting in Alabama after you’ve requested an absentee ballot?

Is it legal to switch from absentee to in-person voting in Alabama after you’ve requested an absentee ballot?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Some voters were spooked after an appeals court ruling made hundreds if not thousands of mail-in absentee ballots invalid and as the state scrambled to get the issue corrected, some folks wanted to switch their voter status from absentee to in-person on Election Day.If you previously requested an absentee ballot but later decided not to turn it in and vote in-person on Election Day, Jefferson County Probate Judge James Naftel II, said Alabama law allows you to switch your status, but your ballot will be different on Election Day.“You’ll have to vote on what’s...

October 28, 2020
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Possibility of herd immunity in Alabama by late spring

Possibility of herd immunity in Alabama by late spring

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Today a UAB epidemiologist said Alabama could be close to herd immunity by early spring but there is an important word of caution.Dr. Suzanna Judd said the numbers are trending in the right direction to show more people are getting vaccinated in addition to people who have had unreported cases of COVID-19 and recovered.“It could be ten to one. Ten people had COVID, did not have a positive test but still have immunity to COVID,” Judd said.Judd said in Alabama that number could be five to one or three to one. She said 500,000 have been tested but there could be as...

February 24, 2021
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Health Officials offer recommendations for gathering during the holidays

Health Officials offer recommendations for gathering during the holidays

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - State Health officials are worried about what will happen to hospitals if people gather for the holiday.With the state’s percent positivity rate more than 15% and hospitalizations at the highest, Dr. Karen Landers with the state health department said people should take this as a lesson going into the next holiday.She said you should not gather with anyone outside of your home. She said if you do, the smaller the group the better.She said in your group, try keeping your masks on, even inside or try to stay outside.She suggested staying somewhere with good...

December 12, 2020
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