• Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a congressman known for historic contribution to the civil rights movement, is leading a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday to push Republicans to address gun violence.

    Sit-in spurs late-night clash on House floor, GOP adjourns for July 4th recess

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Republicans sought to end an extraordinary day of drama and a 16-hour sit-in by Democrats in the early hours of Thursday morning by adjourning for a recess that will last through July 5. The move is an effort to shut down a protest that began Wednesday morning when Democrats took over […]

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    50 killed in Florida nightclub, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance

    ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) — A gay nightclub here was the scene early Sunday of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9/11. * 50 people were killed inside the Pulse club and at least 53 people were injured, police say. * The gunman was Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida, a law enforcement source […]

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    Head Start proposes 22 closures and tailoring the program to work with state Pre-K

    DECATUR, Ala. – Big changes are proposed for Alabama’s Head Start programs. With Alabama excelling nationally in pre-k programs, the two are tailoring their programs to enhance early education rather than take away from one another. It also means some closures in north Alabama. Just last week, the state announced funding for 2,700 additional spaces […]

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    New group, Huntsville United, pushes forward to advocate for school improvements

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A new group has formed to bring Huntsville citizens together for the purpose of improving city schools. Huntsville United says it aims to create opportunities for parents, students, teachers and the community to have an effective voice in determining Huntsville City Schools’ policy and funding decisions.  Many say they have voiced several concerns […]

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    Gov. Bentley announces $15 million for Pre-K grants; large chunk coming to north Alabama

    MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced over 150 new grants that will provide more than 2,700 additional Alabama four-year-olds with access to high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten. “Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is a proven program that prepares students for success,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Only 20 percent of Alabama’s four-year-olds are currently enrolled in the First Class […]

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    Governor Bentley to visit a school and a prison in north Alabama Monday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley will begin his week at Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest. He has a visit scheduled for 11am Monday. He’s expected to continue promoting his prison reform plan during his visit. A release from the governor’s office says: The current population at Limestone is 2,169, which is 133% of […]

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    Some school systems announce afternoon closings due to stormy weather

    TENNESSEE VALLEY – A handful of school systems have announced changes to afternoon schedules due to the storms expected to move through this evening. Check the latest forecast. AAMU – evening classes and activities canceled. Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama – no after school activities and no bus transportation. Decatur City Schools – […]

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    Event cancellations due to weather for March 31, 2016

    TENNESSEE VALLEY – This is a list of event changes due to the storms expected to move through this evening. Check the latest forecast. Guntersville Tree Commission – Harvey Cotten speaking event cancelled. If any other events cancel, we will update this list.  Please read our Closings Policy for more guidance on which closings we […]

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    Lawrence County facing budget cuts while housing market is strong

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County’s budget woes led the county commission to announce this week it was cutting the county personnel budget by around $1 million or 45 percent. The decision will mean cuts of between 30 and 50 jobs, county officials said. The county’s budget woes trace back to the closing of the […]

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    50,000 Louisiana college students could lose their scholarships

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Nearly 47,000 Louisiana students go to college tuition-free because of a state scholarship program. But that could soon change as a massive budget shortfall puts its funding in jeopardy. Another 3,000 students get a partial scholarship from the state program, known as TOPS. But none of them can know for sure […]

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    Waitress stiffed: ‘Tips are only for normal-looking people’

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A popular waitress at a Des Moins restaurant was closing out one of her tables Tuesday night when she found a note on the recepit. “At first, I felt really upset, I felt attacked, I almost felt like I was back in middle school all over again, like being bullied,” Taelor Beeck said. […]

  • The Madison County Commission recognized the Johnson High School boys' basketball team for their state title on March 9, 2016. (Shevaun Bryan/WHNT News 19)

    Madison County Commissioners recognize Johnson Jags for state basketball title

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Wednesday, Madison County Commissioners took a break from their regularly scheduled meeting to welcome some very tall visitors.  They recognized some hometown heroes who brought a state title back to the Tennessee Valley. The boys’ basketball team from J.O. Johnson High School visited with commissioners, along with head coach Jack Doss. “I’m proud […]