Preston produces WHNT NEWS 19 at 6:00 on weeknights. He’s a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers.


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  • Authorities responded to a wreck on University Drive westbound near Research Park Boulevard (Photo by: Jeremy Jackson/WHNT News 19)

    Two-vehicle wreck causes traffic problem on University Drive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – University Drive was down to one lane this morning in the westbound direction, after a wreck involving two vehicles. Authorities responded a little before 10 a.m. to the scene near the exit to Research Park Boulevard. An SUV turned over in the crash, and a minivan was also involved.    HEMSI, Huntsville Police and Huntsville Fire and Rescue responded.

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    Armed man surrenders in Etowah County after standoff in Publix parking lot

    RAINBOW CITY, Ala. – Authorities with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office peacefully resolved a tense situation on Wednesday morning. Police said 43-year-old Hugh Roland was armed with a gun in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store in Rainbow City. Police were able to evacuate the parking lot, getting everyone back inside the store for safety. Back up was called, as well as a negotiator to help detain Roland. After about 45 minutes, Roland surrendered, and no one was injured. “Thankfully after about […]

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    UNA’s new football coach is Chris Willis

    FLORENCE, Ala. – A new era in the University of North Alabama’s football team begins on Thursday. The university has named Chris Willis, longtime assistant, as the Lions’ new head coach. WHNT News 19’s Taylor Tannebaum is in Florence for the announcement.  We’ll post more information shortly. The news comes just a couple of days after Bobby Wallace announced his retirement.  Wallace has served as the lions’ head coach for 15 seasons. “The great thing about what he’s built here […]

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    Christmas Weekend Forecast: The chance for rain increasing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Rain makes its way back into the forecast as we approach the holiday weekend. Christmas Eve appears to have the best chance for rain, while we could approach a record high on Christmas Day. WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith says locally heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms are likely across North Alabama and Southern Tennessee on Friday night into Saturday morning. Rain chances increasing for the Christmas weekend! https://t.co/4n7MXERnFB #valleywx #alwx pic.twitter.com/e2r6LbOtPi — Ben Smith (@BenSmith_WHNT) December […]

  • Gas pumps are off limits to customers at the MAPCO gas station on Highway 72 and Memorial Parkway in Huntsville (Photo by: Sarah Macaluso/WHNT News 19)

    Update: MAPCO to cover costs after gasoline mix-up causes customers to pump diesel instead of unleaded

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to get to the bottom of gasoline mix-up at gas stations in the Huntsville-Madison area. WHNT News 19 viewers reached out to us to report the unleaded gas pumps at the MAPCO on Highway 72 & Memorial Parkway were dispensing diesel fuel. MAPCO said a third party supplier added diesel fuel to the unleaded pumps by mistake.  A spokeswoman said this happened at MAPCO locations on Highway 72 and Memorial Parkway […]

  • Crews at the scene of a house fire in Ardmore, Tennessee. (Photo by: Jeremy Jackson/WHNT News 19)

    Update: Crews contain apartment fire in Ardmore

    ARDMORE, Tenn. – Fire crews are on the scene of a fire that destroyed an apartment in Ardmore, Tennessee. Two people who lived in the apartment in the area of State Line Road and Jones Avenue. An Ardmore police officer saw the fire this morning and alerted authorities. Firefighters arrived just before 8 a.m. to find the flames had already engulfed the apartment. The structure was first a warehouse before being converted into an apartment building. Officials say the fire is […]

  • Authorities are investigating the cause of a deadly fire at a home on Fambrough Drive in Gadsden. (Photo provided by: Etowah County Sheriff's Office)

    UPDATE: Sheriff identifies three people found dead after early-morning house fire in Etowah County

    GADSDEN, Ala. – An investigation is underway following an early-morning house fire in Gadsden. Authorities say that Deputy Eric Johns discovered the fire while on patrol, around 3 a.m. on Fambrough Drive in the Tidmore Bend community. Family members told the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office a husband and wife were believed to be inside the home at the time, along with their adult daughter. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office has identifeid the three family members as 74 year-old Arthur Wayne Fambrough, […]

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    State assessment team to discuss Alabama’s drought emergency

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Drought conditions continue to be problematic across Alabama. The ongoing drought conditions will be on the agenda when the Alabama Drought Assessment and Planning Team meet on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Montgomery. The organization is tasked with providing guidance to state officials on drought related issues and coordinate intergovernmental drought response. State officials have added 12 south Alabama counties to the list of those under a drought emergency. That means 58 of Alabama’s 67 counties are […]

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    Counting down the days until Iron Bowl 2016

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thanksgiving is fast approaching.  For many people, turkey day means a time to feast with friends and family and to give thanks for life’s blessings. Here in Alabama, it also means the Iron Bowl is not far away. The annual college football grudge match between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers will take place Saturday, November 26 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.  You can watch the game on WHNT […]

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    Honoring our veterans with patriotic music and prayer

    MADISON, Ala. Members of our nation’s military, past and present, will gather on Friday for a special prayer breakfast in Madison. The event takes place at 7:30 a.m. at the Hogan Family YMCA on Hughes Road. This is the 11th for the event designed to use music and prayer to say thanks to our military men and women for their service to our country. The theme for this year’s event is “Courage, Sacrifice and Duty, Honoring our Military Veterans.” The […]

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    Alabama vs LSU headlines Saturday’s college football schedule

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We are heading into another football weekend here in Alabama. The annual rivalry game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers headlines this Saturday’s schedule. The Tide put the brakes on Leonard Fournette’s Heisman Trophy campaign during last year’s matchup at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Tide went on to win that game 30-16 on the way to another national championship. This year, LSU is hoping for revenge when Nick Saban returns to his old […]

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    Fatal Wreck under investigation in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – One person is dead following a late-night wreck in Madison County. Crews responded to the area of Highway 72 east and Dug Hill Road just after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities arrived to find an SUV on its side. The male driver died at the scene. Authorities with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency say the driver was heading east on Highway 72 when he went into the median, then overcorrected before ending up off the side […]