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    Lyrid meteor shower expected to peak April 22-23

    The Lyrid meteor shower is active each year during the second half of April. This year, the meteor shower’s peak will fall on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, April 22 and 23. Astronomers anticipate between 10 and 20 meteors per hour to be visible early Thursday morning. The Lyrid meteor shower has the distinction of being among the oldest of known meteor showers. Records of this shower go back for some 2,700 years. The ancient Chinese are said to have observed […]

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    Philadelphia pretzel shop creates ‘The Tebow’ to welcome Eagles’ new QB

    Quarterback Tim Tebow is already getting a warm welcome to his new city, in the form of a pretzel. Tebow signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, and one Philly shop designed a Tebow look-a-like in the dough form. “The Tebow” sells for $1 a piece at the Philly Pretzel Factory. “Our CEO sent an email out last night. He heard that Tebow may be signing, and he said let’s make sure we make some pretzels tomorrow welcoming Tim Tebow […]

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    Huntsville Police say incident off Zierdt Road was hoax

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police sent multiple units to an apartment complex Tuesday on Grandeview Boulevard, off Zierdt Road.  The situation is over, and everyone is safe.  Police say it was likely a hoax. Police were called to Colonial Grand at Edgewater shortly after 10 a.m.  Officers say someone called 911 from an unidentified phone to report a bomb at the apartment complex.  The caller gave specific details, including an apartment, and also said someone in that apartment had […]

  • Monte Sano teacher honored by PBS for digital teaching achievements

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A digital innovator.  That’s what PBS is saying about a teacher at Monte Sano Elementary School. Faith Plunkett is an Entertainment Technology Academy instructor.  She’s been named a 2015 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator.  She is one of only 30 teachers selected from around the country for this honor. Plunkett teaches students in Kindergarten through fifth grade about computer programming, coding, and the importance of digital citizenship.  She also helps other teachers to use technology in unique […]

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    Former U.S. Army Colonel pleads guilty to federal charges associated with helicopter contracts at Redstone Arsenal

    TUSCALOOSA –A former U.S. Army colonel pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to charges of criminal misconduct arising from his duties associated with various helicopter procurement contracts at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. Norbert Vergez, 49, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler to two counts charging false statements and one count of conflict of interest.  These were listed in a government information document filed last week by the U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance’s office. Vergez, formerly of Mesa, […]

  • The Oklahoma City National Memorial honors victims, survivors and all affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. Chairs, arranged in nine rows, represent the nine floors of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Each chair represents an individual's life and is placed on the row (or floor) they would have worked at the time of the bombing. (Photo: CNN)

    Parents remember how their children survived the Oklahoma City Bombing

    Oklahoma City, OK (KFOR) — Twenty years ago, a powerful explosion rocked the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Fifteen children in the day care perished, but six survived. In the middle of chaos, parents frantically searched for their children from the second floor daycare. Jim and Claudia Denny had two children in the day care – 3-year-old Brandon and 2-year-old Rebecca. After the bomb went off, Jim ran towards the Murrah building. As he got closer to the building, the […]

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    Fort Payne dentists offer free services on Saturday, April 18

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – For the second year, Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Tim Fiquett are participating in Dentistry From T he Heart. On Saturday, April 18, people in north Alabama can get free dental care. Services are open to at least the first 75 patients. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the office at 110 23rd Street NW, Fort Payne.The doctors and hygienists will see patients on a first come first served basis. Organizers say they hope to […]

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    Prescription drug take back day on Saturday in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office released information for a prescription drug take back day this Saturday, April 18. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can safely dispose of old drugs and medications at the following locations: CVS Meridianville: 12275 Highway 231/431North Jaycee Community Building: 2180 Airport Road SW, Huntsville Madison Police Department: 100 Hughes Road  

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    Car flips on Memorial Parkway Friday night

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police closed the southbound lanes of Memorial Parkway at Clinton Avenue just after 8 p.m. on Friday. There was a traffic accident involving at least two vehicles. One car involved landed on its top. One ambulance left the scene. Officials have not released details on any injuries or what caused the crash.  

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    Madison Police arrest 8 people in prostitution sting

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – This week, Madison Police conducted an undercover sting at some motels in the city based on complaints prostitution was taking place. Police say in each case, suspects used social media to communicate and arrange to meet and exchange sexual acts for money. Officers arrested eight people and took them to the Madison County Jail. The suspects are: Brett Bonnell, 49, of Athens – charged with soliciting prostitution Kendall Blaxton, 58, of Danville – charged with soliciting […]

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    WHNT News 19’s Melissa Riopka joins evening anchor team

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – We have exciting news to share with you about one of our team members.  Melissa Riopka, morning reporter and anchor, has accepted a new role at our station. Starting Monday, April 20, she will co-anchor WHNT News 19 at 5:00 p.m. with Greg Screws and WHNT News 19 at 6:30 p.m. with Jerry Hayes. “I feel truly blessed to join Greg Screws and Jerry Hayes on the anchor desk,” said Melissa. “While I have loved helping people […]

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    Semi truck carrying millions of bees overturns in Seattle, drivers urged to stay away

    LYNNWOOD, Washington — A semi-truck loaded with more than 40 million bees overturned on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood, sending more and more angry insects into the air as the temperature warms up and traffic intensifies. Q13 FOX News reports the crash occurred sometime before 4 a.m. Friday morning near Milepost 183 at the intersection of I-5 and I-405. The semi-truck blew a front tire and overturned, Washington State Patrol Troopers said, sending more than 448 honey bee hives onto their side […]


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