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  • Heath Grimes appears on Leadership Perspectives on the week of April 20

    Lawrence County Schools Superintendent going after a new job

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Just days after a tax hike for education failed in Lawrence County, the district’s superintendent confirms he’s going after a new job. Heath Grimes is a finalist for superintendent of Russellville City Schools. He’s scheduled to interview for the job on Monday. Grimes says he’s been frustrated in his attempts to solve a more than $2 million shortfall for the Lawrence County school system’s budget, left by the shutdown of International Paper. The same day […]

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    Man punches 300-pound bear to protect dog

    PLACER COUNTY, Cal. – A California man said a 300-pound bear has gotten many of his chickens recently, and he wasn’t going to let the animal get his dogs. Carl Moore, 73, fought off the animal with one of his fists.  He said the bear was trying to eat his Chihuahua recently.  He head his dog shrieking in fear. “She was terrified,” Moore said.  “She’s still shaking.” Moore wasn’t afraid.  He’s a Marine and was also a boxer and a […]

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    ‘Angry Jets fans’ invade Chicago for NFL draft, and boo everything

    The NFL Draft starts tonight, and for once it’s not in New York.  It’s in Chicago this year. If you’ve watched the draft in the past, you know Jets fans in the audience can be pretty vocal!  WHNT’s sister station WGN did something pretty funny along these lines.  Sports anchor Pat Tomasulo, along with his posse, walk around the streets of Chicago as New York Jets fans and boo everything that’s not Jets related. In actual draft news, the first round is […]

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    Moulton police officer facing criminal theft charges

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter confirms they have taken one of their own into custody Wednesday night. McWhorter says they learned of the allegations Tuesday and confronted the officer when he reported for work Wednesday. Criminal charges have been filed against Officer Jeremy Wakefield.  He was booked into the Lawrence County Jail Wednesday night on theft charges. Chief McWhorter says search warrants were issued to search the officer’s patrol car and home and he says stolen […]

  • C-SPAN honors Fort Payne students for documentary

      FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Four girls at Fort Payne Middle School were honored for two documentaries that were recognized by C-SPAN in a contest Wednesday. One team got second prize and the other received an honorable mention in the contest. Wednesday, they celebrated their achievement in front of classmates, teachers, and family members. More than 22,000 teams from 45 states submitted videos as part of this competition.

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    This weekend: Kansas, Sister Hazel to headline 15th Annual WhistleStop Festival

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The 15th Annual WhistleStop Weekend is coming to downtown Huntsville this weekend, May 1-2.  This year’s headliners are Kansas and Sister Hazel. The event, held at the Historic Huntsville Depot, features great barbecue and music and is a major fundraiser for EarlyWorks Family of Museums. Kansas will perform Saturday night.  The band has spent more than four decades as a part of the soundtrack of the lives of multiple generations of music lovers. They have produced eight […]

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    Alabama Shakes scores first No. 1 album on Billboard 200 chart

    Alabama Shakes’ new album Sound & Color landed atop the Billboard 200 chart following its first week of sales, Billboard reported. Sound & Color was released on April 21 and is the group’s first number one album. The first full-length album released by the group — Boys & Girls — peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 chart in March 2013. Alabama Shakes is an American rock band and was formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009. The group was nominated […]

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    Pac-Man, Oregon Trail, Angry Birds among nominees for Video Game Hall of Fame

    ROCHESTER, N. Y. (CBS News)– The Strong museum in Rochester, New York. pays homage to all things play, with its National Toy Hall of Fame, a scholarly journal called the American Journal of Play, a games research library and a collection of more than 55,000 electronic game artifacts and corporate archives. Now, the Strong is ascending to the next level, introducing the World Video Game Hall of Fame. “There is no other video game award and recognition program such as […]

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    American Red Cross ‘Leaders Save Lives’ program offers scholarships to students

    (WHNT) – The American Red Cross is working with students to provide them with leadership and planning skills, along with $14,000 in scolarships. The Leaders Save Lives program is a scholarship opportunity for high school and college students. Through the program, students may become eligible to win a college scholarship and earn a gift card from giftcertificates.com. Students between the ages of 16 and 24 will need to submit a registration form to participate. They will then be contacted by a local American Red […]

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    LGBT supporters hold candlelight vigil at Big Spring Park ahead of Supreme Court hearing Tuesday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Groups calling for equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community held a vigil Monday at Big Spring Park.  The event took place across the street from the Madison County Courthouse. This vigil is ahead of Tuesday’s events in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in marriage equality cases. The Supreme Court will not rule on Tuesday. Instead, justices will take the matter under consideration and rule later this year, possibly in June. The Huntsville vigil […]

  • Huntsville-based crew survives dangerous waters in Dauphin Island regatta

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Authorities are still searching for five missing boaters in Mobile Bay.  Several boaters went missing after a patch of severe weather capsized sailboats in a regatta on Saturday afternoon. The severe weather hit more than 100 sailboats were taking part in a Dauphin Island sailing regatta.   The Coast Guard reports as many as 40 people were rescued from the water.   Authorities confirmed two people are dead. Gordon Trowbridge and his crew live in Huntsville.  They […]

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    Cajun Fest Friday night benefits American Red Cross

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Friday night is your chance to enjoy some great cajun cooking. The event also supports the people who rush to help others caught in life traumas. The 2015 Cajun Fest is at Ingall’s Harbor from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Tickets are $25, proceeds go to the American Red Cross.  

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