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    NASA to launch “first of its kind” satellite

    (WHNT)- In less than two hours, NASA is scheduled to launch a “first-of-its-kind” satellite. The launch is set for 8:20 this morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This satellite is going up on a delta two rocket made in Decatur. The rocket  is from United Launch Alliance. This is ULA’s second of thirteen missions for NASA this year. As for the satellite, it’s at the heart of NASA’s “soil moisture active passive mission” or “SMAP.” Behind that acronym there’s some […]


    Army Materiel Command inducts five into Hall of Fame

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Later today  some special Americans will be recognized at Redstone Arsenal for their contributions to the Army Materiel Command. The AMC is inducting five new members into its Hall of Fame. This is something the Army Materiel Command started in 2012 as a way to honor those who have showed exceptional service and dedication to the command mission. The Hall of Fame recognizes both soldiers and civilians. All inductees, military or civilian, have gone above and beyond […]

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    Hudson, Lowe Mill and Brewfest win 2014 awards from Downtown Huntsville Inc.

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Downtown Huntsville Inc. handed out awards Friday to a longtime supporter of downtown initiatives, and a popular event and development chosen by online voters. Brewfest was named the 2014 Event of the Year The Lowe Mill expansion was named the 2014 Development of the Year Jim Hudson was recognized as Advocate of the Year for his work to revitalize downtown   The public chose Event of the Year and Development of the Year through an online […]

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    Preparing for the cold: How to protect your pipes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The big story this week in the Tennessee Valley is the cold weather.  It’s more than uncomfortable — it can also be expensive and cause pipes to freeze and burst. Here in the south, the threshold temperature for most pipes is about 20 degrees.  Pipes that run against exterior walls are especially vulnerable to freezing. The same holds true for pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, crawl spaces, garages and even kitchen cabinets. The problem […]

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    Preparing for the cold: How to protect your pipes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The big story of the morning in Tennessee Valley is the bitter cold. Meteorologist Ben Smith has a detailed blog post on the temperatures expected throughout the day. The cold is more than uncomfortable.  It can also be expensive and cause pipes to freeze and burst. Here in the south, the threshold temperature for most pipes is about 20 degrees. Pipes that run against exterior walls are especially vulnerable to freezing. The same holds true for […]

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    Veterans Day Events Across the Tennessee Valley

    (WHNT) – There are a variety of events taking place across the Tennessee Valley today to honor our veterans. Huntsville will celebrate with its annual Veterans Day Parade. Click here for more information on the parade and the route. There will also be parades, ceremonies and celebrations from Sand Mountain to the Shoals. We’ll start in Marshall County where the city of Arab will hold its annual Veterans Day celebration this afternoon. It’s held at what’s known as Veterans Corner […]

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    UPDATE: Big plans for Grissom High School once new campus is complete

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville city school leaders broke ground for the new Grissom High School Tuesday morning, and Tuesday night city leaders presented plans for the current school site that they will take over when the school moves out. The site of the new campus is on National Boulevard off of South Memorial Parkway. The $60 million project has been in the planning stages for a couple of years.  One school board member says it’s unlikely the new school will […]

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    Groundbreaking today for new $60 million Grissom High School

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville city school system is finally ready to break ground on the new Grissom High School. School leaders, as well as city and county officials, gathered at 10:00 a.m. for a groundbreaking ceremony. The $60 million campus will be built on National Boulevard behind Sam’s Club just off South Memorial Parkway. School district officials say the new campus will give Grissom High School room to grow.  Right now, it has more students than any other […]

  • Students gather for annual “See You at the Pole” event (share your photos)

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Students from across the Tennessee Valley participated in the 24th annual “See You at the Pole” event on Wednesday morning. It’s a national student-led and student-initiated movement that started in Texas in 1990 and has since spread across the country. Have a photo to share? Click the red ‘Submit Your Photo’ button below to add it to our gallery. While the event began as one morning of prayer, in many communities it’s now part of an […]

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    Labor Day Events: How to spend your day off

    (WHNT) – Millions of Americans are looking forward to a day off work.  If you’re one of them, we have some ideas to help you enjoy the day. Some of these events do charge, but others are free. We’ll start with the Huntsville Stars which are coming to the end of their time at Joe Davis Stadium. Huntsville Stars This Labor Day is the regular-season last home game for the Stars. First pitch against the Mississippi Braves is set for […]

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    Huntsville City School District to conduct emergency drill

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An emergency drill for Huntsville city schools will take place Tuesday morning. The drill is a chance for administrators and law enforcement to test the system’s crisis response plan. The drill will happen at 9:00 a.m. at the Huntsville High School Freshman Academy. Anyone who passes by should not be alarmed. City and county law enforcement, HEMSI, firefighters, even the Red Cross, will respond to a mock crisis at the school. The system’s new Event Response […]

  • Important races, but low voter turnout for Alabama’s primary runoff

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The lines definitely weren’t long for Tuesday’s primary runoff election.  Most Madison County voters were done with their civic duty in five minutes or less. The official turnout was less than 5 percent, our news partner Al.com reports.  Statewide, about 8 percent of voters participated in the election.  See results here. First Baptist Church in Meridianville is among the larger polling places in northern Madison County.  However, you wouldn’t know that judging by the crowd, or lack of it. […]


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