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    ‘Event’ at Decatur plant leads to minor injuries

    DECATUR, Ala. – Indorama Ventures Xylenes and PTA LLC (IVXP), formerly BP, in Decatur had an “event” involving a heat exchanger last night. A release from the company says the heat exchanger separated at its expansion joint. The event, that WHNT News 19 viewers have called an explosion, happened during an operational unit start-up. The release says three people reported very minor injuries as a result of the event. The company also says there are no environmental impacts. “The well-being of our […]

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    Fire crews battle Harvest house fire

    HARVEST, Ala. – Fire crews say no one was at home during a house fire Wednesday night.  It happened on Wall Triana Hwy near Yellow Poplar Lane in Harvest. Harvest, Monrovia and Toney Fire Departments responded to the fire, which started around 9 p.m. Wednesday.  Emergency crews tell WHNT News 19 the inside of the home is a total loss.  

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    Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee headed to UConn

    STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut has announced that Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee will be the new offensive coordinator for the Huskies. Lashlee worked four season as the Auburn offensive coordinator from 2013-2016. The 2013-2014 Tigers had the best consecutive offensive seasons in school history. In 2013, Lashlee was named a Broyles Award Finalist, an award that goes to the best assistant in college football. Prior to working for Auburn, Lashlee was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State and […]

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    Ever wanted to open for Bon Jovi? Now’s your chance

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – If you’ve ever dreamed of being a rock star, the band Bon Jovi  wants to give you your shot. They are searching for local bands to open ahead of individual dates on their “This House is Not for Sale” tour.  The band plays in Birmingham at the BJCC on February 16 and in Memphis on March 16. To be considered, you must submit an audition video on either the band’s web page or Facebook page.  One artist or band will […]

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    Huntsville City Schools contract employee charged with inappropriate sexual contact with a student

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police are investigating allegations that a school system contracted employee had inappropriate sexual contact with a student. Lt. Stacy Bates said that 28-year-old Lewis Lee sent inappropriate pictures and messages to a high school student and the student reported it to authorities. Lee was arrested on December 8, 2016 and charged with two misdemeanors: a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19, and a school employee distributing obscene material to a student. […]

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    Huntsville Animal Services celebrates 92% live release rate in 2016

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The City of Huntsville held a news conference at Huntsville Animal Services on Wednesday, celebrating a milestone for the shelter. Mayor Tommy Battle said when he came into office nine years ago, about 10,000 animals came to Animal Services and only 3,000 of those were adopted out. In 2016, approximately 5,100 animals came into the facility. Today, 92 percent of the animals that come in are adopted out.  Mayor Battle credits the hard work of the staff and […]

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    Firefighter calls for medical help while fighting brush fire in Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Officials with Limestone County 911 say a firefighter reported problems from heat exhaustion while fighting a brush fire Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say EMS responded to help the firefighter. The brush fire was just northeast of Athens between Holt Road and Black Road. That blaze is now under control. Crews from Elkmont and Piney Chapel responded to fight the fire.

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    Athens police chief meets with Taco Bell management after officer doesn’t receive service

    ATHENS, Ala. – Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said he met with management at Taco Bell on U.S. 72 near Interstate 65 after an incident on Saturday, January 7. The officer’s visit to the restaurant has garnered lots of comment on social media because of what apparently didn’t happen. Chief Johnson said the officer went for lunch at Taco Bell, and waited alone at the counter for about five minutes. He left after not receiving service. “The officer did not […]

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    Alabama football team returns to Tuscaloosa after College Football Championship game

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – They lost a hard-fought battle, but the team still has a lot to be proud of. The University of Alabama Football Team returns to Tuscaloosa ranked number two in the nation. The Clemson Tigers beat the Tide 35-31. Deshaun Watson’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining gave Clemson the wild win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 last season in the title game. This sequel was […]

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    Former Stevenson police chief sentenced in federal court

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A former north Alabama police chief has been sentenced to 27 months in prison. Daniel Winters, of Stevenson, was convicted in July on federal assault and excessive force charges. WHNT News 19’s Brian Lawson was in the courtroom today for the sentencing. Former Stevenson police chief Daniel Winters facing sentencing in federal court. Just got hug from granddaughter. — Brian Lawson (@BrianLawson15) January 10, 2017 Defense arguing victim's injuries from Winters beating did not rise to felony level. […]

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    Colbert County men plead guilty to shipping meth in the mail

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – 33 year-old Vennis Minosa Oates Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to an attempt to ship about a pound of methamphetamine from Los Angeles to Leighton using the U.S. Mail. That’s according to U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance. Oates faced charges for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine as well as attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Oates is scheduled for sentencing April 6. A second Colbert County man charged […]

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    Clemson Tigers CFP National Champs

    The Clemson Tigers have beaten the Alabama Crimson Tide  35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoffs National Championship Game. CHAMPS. #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/bp6h6by2YF — Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 10, 2017 Deshaun Watson’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining gave Clemson a wild 35-31 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Watson completed 36 of 56 passes for 420 yards and three scores in his last college game, as the Tigers (14-1) got their […]