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    Why so many NC shark attacks? Expert sees ‘perfect storm’ of factors

    HIGH POINT, N.C. – The 4th of July holiday is going to bring a flood of visitors to the North Carolina coast at a time when shark experts say conditions are ripe for sharks. Just this past weekend, two people were bitten by sharks near Cape Hatteras. On Friday, a 47-year-old man was bitten by a shark in the leg and back while trying to get children and another adult out of the water near Avon. On Saturday, an 18-year-old […]

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    Pulaski Pike wreck: 2 vehicles collide head-on

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision late Tuesday morning in the 1300 block of Pulaski Pike. A few people were injured, and taken to Huntsville Hospital, but we’re told they should be okay. Two lanes of traffic are blocked on Pulaski, but police have moved both directions of traffic to the other side of the road.

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    What conditions create poorest air quality during the summer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Hazy, hot, humid. These three short words are used often during the summer to describe the weather. The 22-day stretch of excessive summer heat took a toll on air quality– and many people are now feeling the effects. “The combination of light winds and high temperatures is a recipe for high ozone and high particulate county,” says University of Alabama in Huntsville Atmospheric Science Professor Richard McNider. Ozone poses one of the biggest risks to people’s health […]

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    Alabama Power to retire three coal-fired units, convert four to natural gas in EPA deal

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice have announced an agreement with Alabama Power Company that will secure further reductions of harmful air pollutants, primarily sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), from three of the company’s coal-fired power plants in Alabama. The proposed modifications, if entered by the court, will resolve the remaining claims in a long-running case that alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program. The pollution reductions […]

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    Same-Sex Marriage in Alabama: State Supreme Court issues order, muddies waters

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Friday’s ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court was clear, striking down bans on same-sex marriage in all 50 states. However, the Alabama Supreme Court stepped in Monday to issue a new order and muddy the legal waters. As of Monday morning, more of the state’s 67 counties were issuing marriage licenses to all couples.  In north Alabama, DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone and Madison counties were issuing marriage licenses.  Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marshall and Morgan counties each said […]

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    Supreme Court: States can use disputed drug implicated in botched executions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. The justices on Monday voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. The drug was used in executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma in 2014 that took longer than usual and raised concerns that it did not perform its […]

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    Woman finds 8.5 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

    They don’t call it the Crater of Diamonds for nothing. A woman from Colorado who was perusing the state park in Arkansas found an astonishing 8.52 carat white diamond on her first visit after only 20 minutes of searching, and she plans to keep it. The gem was found in a muddy area of the park called Pig Pen in a tree-shaded area on a hot day. Bobbie Oskarson found the fifth largest diamond ever discovered by a visitor since […]

  • A visit from a hero – Stevenson Public Library brings in Jackson Co. Chief Deputy to talk with kids

    STEVENSON, Ala, (WHNT) — Kids got a visit from a local hero at Stevenson Public Library this week. The library is participating in the national summer reading program. This year’s theme is heroes. This week, they brought in a hero from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to visit the kids. Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen read a story and talked with the kids. Judging from the pictures, everyone had a great time!

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    Former teammates start education fund after passing of UAH hockey player

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Former UAH hockey player Colby Ross, 29, passed away on June 15, leaving behind friends and family. Colby Ross and the entire Ross family have been an active part of the Huntsville hockey community for over 30 years, according to UAH. Growing up in a hockey family, Colby played many years for youth and travel hockey programs. His Father, Doug, was the head coach at UAH for 25 years. Colby’s older brother, Jared was an integral figure […]

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    Google announces plans to build data center in Jackson County

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley joined state and local officials from the Jackson County community and officials from the Tennessee Valley Authority to announce plans for Google to build a $600 million dollar data center in the Stevenson Bridgeport area. Bentley says it will bring 75 to 100 jobs to Jackson County. It was announced Wednesday that Google has chosen TVA’s Widows Creek, a soon-to-be retired coal plant, to build its newest data center – the 14th across the globe. “We’re […]

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    Appleton Learning to add 600 education positions in the Tennessee Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Appleton Learning is now hiring more than 600 substitute teachers and support staff for Tennessee Valley school districts, the company said Tuesday. The jobs are for school systems including: Albertville City, Athens City, Cullman County, Decatur City, Huntsville City, Madison City, Marshall County, Marion County, and Morgan County. Appleton Learning is looking to fill the positions prior to the first day of school. The continuation of Tennessee Valley school district partnerships, along with new school district partners, has […]

  • Crash kills one person on Double Bridges Road in Boaz (Photo from Sand Mountain Reporter)

    Officials: One person killed in crash in Boaz

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – Officials on the scene of a crash on Double Bridges Road in Boaz say one person was killed in a single vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say the driver of a pickup ran off the road for an unknown reason and crashed into the front yard of a home. Officials were called to the scene on Double Bridges Road near Watts road just before 3 p.m. Investigators have not released the name of the person killed.

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