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    UPDATE: Tharptown residents allowed to return to homes; fire still active

    THARPTOWN, Ala. – Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver confirmed there has been a natural gas explosion in Tharptown that has led to injuries. A crew of four men with Gentry Drilling Company from Lawrence County, Tenn. hit a pocket of natural gas while drilling for water near County Road 724, just off of Highway 24. At first the men didn’t know they struck the pocket. It wasn’t until one tried to weld a cracked control rod and the spark created a […]

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    Shooting investigation underway at Russellville KFC

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – A shooting investigation is underway in Franklin County. The Russellville Police Department has confirmed that a shooting occurred at the KFC in Russellville on Friday right before 5 p.m. Authorities said that four people were involved in an argument behind the restaurant and shots were fired. According to Russellville Police, the victim was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital. Russellville Police have taken three people into custody for questioning. No charges have been filed. WHNT News 19 is working […]

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    Eagle awareness events return to Lake Guntersville State Park

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Eagle awareness weekends kicks off today at at Lake Guntersville State Park for the 32nd year. The 2017 Eagle Awareness Program opens with a host of family activities including kid’s crafts, story time and a family movie. Each weekend through February 19, Lake Guntersville State Park will host three days of speakers, family activities, and live birds of prey. Visitors can enjoy guided hikes to the eagle nesting grounds. Each Saturday afternoon children can stay and participate in […]

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    Compare the Crowd: See the Presidential Inauguration in 2009 and 2017

    Use the arrows in the center to slide the view to the left and right to compare the crowd at Inauguration in 2009 to the crowd in 2017.

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    Huntsville Police identify pedestrian killed in Tuesday night wreck

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police say 29-year-old Justin Nall of New Market died Tuesday night when he was hit by an SUV. The wreck happened just before 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators say Nall was walking south on Homer Nance Road when he was hit by an SUV. The vehicle was also traveling south. Nall died on the scene as a result of his injuries. Officers say the incident is still under investigation, but no charges are expected to be filed […]

  • Artist's conception of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering a Kuiper Belt object, part of an extended mission after the spacecraft’s July 2015 Pluto flyby. New Horizons is set to fly past 2014 MU69 – a KBO currently about a billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019.

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    NASA’s New Horizons team to host Facebook Live

    Members of NASA’s New Horizons team will discuss the achievements of the first encounter with Pluto and look ahead to the mission’s next exploration of the Kuiper Belt during a Facebook Live event at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 19 — the 11th anniversary of the spacecraft’s launch. The event, live-streamed from New Horizons mission operations at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, will be available on the NASA New Horizons Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/new.horizons1/?fref=ts […]

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    Six Flags Over Georgia hiring for 2017 season

    AUSTELL, Ga. – Six Flags Over Georgia is now accepting applications for the 3,100 seasonal employees needed for the upcoming 2017 season. Construction is on schedule for the high-action thrill ride, JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis in 4D, which will debut in May. The park is also gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary all season long. Six Flags Over Georgia will host its first seasonal job fairs on January 21 and 22. Positions available for the 2017 season include: Food […]

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    Study suggests wearable fitness sensors may serve as early ‘check engine’ lights for your health

    If you received a Fitbit recently, or you’ve worn one for a while, it may soon serve another purpose than helping you keep up with your steps and exercise. The little device may be able to let you know you’re about to get sick in the future.   A Stanford University professor says wearable fitness gadgets could warn you before feeling any symptoms. According to Dr. Michael Snyder, these fitness trackers can potentially monitor more than just your steps.   […]

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    Some parents raise concerns after finding mold in “Sophie the Giraffe” teething toy

    What may be the most popular teething toy in the universe is causing some alarm, after a few reports of mold being found on the inside. “Sophie” is made by the French company Vulli, and beloved by children and parents worldwide.  Babies love to squeak Sophie.  She has a hole. The problem, as reported by an Amazon user in February 2016 is if you have a baby who likes to drool, moisture can get in there and mold can grow. While […]

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    Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dies

    Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died Monday.  He was 82 years old. We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. https://t.co/Q9OSdRewI5 pic.twitter.com/gPdFTnXF2C — NASA (@NASA) January 16, 2017 Cernan flew to space three times, twice to the moon.  He holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface. […]

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    Google apologizes for displaying Robert E. Lee’s birthday instead of MLK Day

    Google has apologized for displaying “Robert E. Lee’s Birthday” instead of “Martin Luther King Day” in some business listings in three states including Alabama that recognize the confederate Civil War general’s birthday as a holiday, according to our newspartners at AL.com. Many people were upset after Google’s holiday hours feature stated that “Robert E. Lee’s Birthday might affect these hours” when they searched for businesses in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The two men weren’t even born on the same day of the […]

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    23 arrested on dog fighting charges in south Alabama

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ala. – Law enforcement in south Alabama raided a dog fighting ring late Saturday and arrested nearly two dozen people. The arrests took place at an abandoned home on Highway 43 near the Mississippi state line, WKRG reports.  Four dogs were seized, and authorities say they also recovered a large amount of drugs, money, dog fighting paraphernalia, weapons and cell phones. Several agencies helped with the investigation, including the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Conservation Department and their […]