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  • This Taking Action Special Report airs Thursday, July 22, 2015 at 10 p.m. on WHNT News 19

    Thursday at 10: NWS responds to lack of tornado warnings during severe weather

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — National Weather Service damage assessment teams found six tornado paths following severe storms in the Tennessee Valley Tuesday, July 14. Two tornadoes touched down in Colbert County, where no severe thunderstorm or tornado warning was issued before the storm. Many of you have reached out to WHNT News 19 asking why no warning was issued in Colbert County, and why severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in other counties where tornadoes occurred. We are taking your questions about […]

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    Digital driver license & online license renewal available for first time in Alabama

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – Drivers across Alabama will now be able to present a digital license to law enforcement and renew licenses online. In addition to having access to a convenient backup in case you forget your hard copy license, you will now be able to renew your license or order a duplicate over the internet. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency announced a system overhaul to improve efficiency and effectiveness for drivers. Changes to the system include: • Online scheduling: Customers […]

  • Brandy Nichole Johnson

    Police: Woman arrested for stealing GPS, Nicotine pills & granola bars from vehicles in hotel parking lot

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Athens police say they arrested a woman for Breaking and Entering on Wednesday morning. A police report says the manager of the Holiday Inn Express on Athens-Limestone Boulevard called officers after a car alarm went off in the parking lot and he spotted a woman going from car to car looking inside vehicles. Police say they found Brandy Nichole Johnson in a pickup truck at the motel. Officers say they determine Johnson was going entering vehicles […]

  • Johnny Stephenson (Image: NASA)

    Moulton native named new Strategic Planning Chief at Marshall Space Flight Center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has named a new Strategic Planning Chief.  Moulton native Johnny Stephenson will head the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications. Stephenson has worked at NASA for nearly three decades – a span that saw the agency establish the International Space Station as a manned research laboratory in orbit, sent sophisticated spacecraft on missions to Mars and the far reaches of our solar system, and developed the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray […]

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    Alabama Attorney General joins push for phone carriers to offer call-blocking technology to customers

    (MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange announced he joined 44 other state Attorneys General calling on five major phone companies to offer call-blocking technology to their wireless and landline customers.  In a joint letter to the chief executives of the carriers, the attorneys general said a new Federal Communications Commission rule clarification allows telecommunication service providers to offer customers the ability to block unwanted calls, and verifies that federal law does not prohibit offering the services. In the letter to […]

  • Richard Lislie McDill, Missing

    UPDATE: Missing man with autism found in Lauderdale County, safe

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office says teams have found a 20-year-old man with autism who had been missing since Tuesday afternoon. A volunteer firefighter found Richard Lislie McDill just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.  McDill is okay — more details are still coming in. Prior to this, McDill had reportedly walked away from his home in the Wright community. Investigators say he has an autism spectrum disorder, and were concerned about his safety. McDill lives on County […]

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    Russellville Police investigate shooting on Washington Ave.

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Russellville Police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured Tuesday evening. Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said the shooting happened on south Washington Ave. One person was taken to a local hospital, then transported to Huntsville Hospital for treatment. Investigators identified the victim as 18-year-old Jalen Scott from Russellville. He’s reportedly in critical condition. Hargett said police are currently searching for the suspects involved in the shooting. WHNT News 19 is working to gather more details […]

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    VIDEO: Dash cam footage of Sandra Bland’s arrest ignites firestorm of reactions

    *** Warning: viewer discretion advised.  This video contains graphic language. HEMPSTEAD, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety has released dash-cam footage of Sandra Bland’s arrest. A Texas prosecutor says it’s too early to draw any conclusions about the death of the young black woman whose family disputes authorities’ finding that she hanged herself in a jail cell. A lawyer for relatives of Sandra Bland says an independent autopsy has been ordered. Bland was pulled over for not using […]

  • Alabama Governor Robert Bentley addresses the crowd at the State Capitol after he is sworn in to his second term in office. (Jan. 19, 2015)

    Governor Bentley awards funding for weatherization program

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $1.77 million to help Alabama’s low-income residents cut their utility bills by making their homes more energy-efficient. The funds support the Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program, which gives priority consideration to the elderly, those with disabilities and to low-income residents with children. Houses that qualify for assistance are modified to improve both energy efficiency and safety. To identify the most cost-effective measures for each home, an energy audit is performed. Depending on the results, […]

  • Dennis Pedigo (Photo: Chattanooga Police)

    Injured Chattanooga officer’s family says he’s doing well and in good spirits

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The family of the officer injured in Thursday’s attack that left four Marines dead said he is doing well and in good spirits. The family identified the injured officer as Dennis Pedigo. They released this statement: Dennis Pedigo is doing well, he is in good spirits, he and the family would like to thank the community for their thoughts and prayers. Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Marines that lost their lives […]

  • WHNT News 19's Steve Johnson talks with Professor John Kvach, who teaches Southern History at UAH.

    UAH Professor John Kvach discusses the Confederate Flag controversy

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Professor John Kvach teaches Southern History, specifically the Civil War and Reconstruction, at the University of Alabama, Huntsville.  This week he dropped by WHNT News 19 to give his expert perspective on a controversial issue. For years there has been a controversy surrounding many southerners’ nostalgia for the Confederate Flag and the reasons the south seceded.  One of the most hotly argued reasons is that the south seceded for states’ rights, but many scholars and the […]

  • U.S. Senator Bob Corker shared this picture on Twitter. You can use #Chattanooga to offer messages of support on social media.

    How can you show support? Use #Chattanooga to offer messages of encouragement

    There is an outpouring of support on social media for Chattanooga, our sister city hit by violence on Thursday.  Many people have used #Chattanooga and #PrayforChattanooga on social media to send offerings of prayer and condolences. We invite you to do this and tag @whnt in your Tweets. Donors flock to #Chattanooga blood banks after shootings (Photo: WTVC, @Stephanie_NC9) http://t.co/wn4ZkPBVcU pic.twitter.com/I67tSzV93L — ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) July 16, 2015 "The tragedy in #Chattanooga is both devastating and senseless." — @SECNAV […]

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