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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  • Video Game Hall of Fame

    Beloved video games nominated for induction into Video Game Hall of Fame

    A game featuring a then little-known plumber, another with the goal of gobbling up pac pellets, and the game many consider to be the one that started launched an industry. “Super Mario Brothers,” “Pac-Man,” and “Pong” were among the inaugural class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame. This year, 15 new titles are among those nominated for induction. Many of us have likely spent many “productive” hours, controller in hand, on a mission to reunite pieces of the […]

  • Tennessee Titans

    Titans trade top overall draft pick to Rams

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – The Tennessee Titans are making headlines two weeks before the NFL Draft. The Titans have traded the number one overall pick in this month’s draft to the Los Angeles Rams.  The Rams are sending several picks back to the Titans to secure the rights to the number one pick. “We talked to several teams about the pick. There was interest in the pick, and in the end we thought this was the option that made the […]

  • AL Severe Weather Damage Montgomery April 7

    National Weather Service: Seven tornadoes touched down Wednesday night

    CENTRAL ALABAMA – Crews with the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham surveyed areas in central and south Alabama hit by severe storms last night. Survey teams confirmed a total of seven tornadoes late Wednesday night in Barbour, Lee, Bullock and Montgomery Counties.  See the full storm survey here: NWS Birmingham. Six of the tornadoes rated as EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale (winds 65-85 MPH); the most significant was an EF-2 with winds of 120 miles per hour in the Midway […]

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    State-by-state breakdown shows where presidential money is coming from

    Donors in California, Texas and New York have given the most money to 2016 presidential candidates, proving that although this year’s election is unprecedented in many ways, these three states continue to dole out the most political dough. An InsideGov analysis of the most recent data available from the Federal Election Commission found that, as of Feb. 29, fundraising from these three states accounted for $115,059,468. That’s about 39 percent of the $295,561,165 raised so far for official campaign committees. […]

  • zipcar

    Zipcar brings another ride-sharing option to the Rocket City

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – First it was Uber, now a similar service is getting ready to get in on the ride-sharing fun in the Rocket City. You may have noticed special designated parking signs or parked cars on the streets of downtown Huntsville sporting the lime green Zipcar logo. The new ride-sharing service is set to launch in Huntsville today. Zipcar’s general manager will join Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. CEO Chad Emerson to talk more about Zipcar’s […]

  • Governors Triana Wreck

    Eastbound Governors Drive open again following head-on collision Tuesday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – All lanes are back open on Governors Drive and Triana Boulevard after a head-on collision in the area. Several crews were on the scene following the wreck. WHNT News 19’s Jeff Gray reports two people were taken to the hospital.  Police tell us the eastbound lanes of Governors Drive had to be closed due to the wreck.  Westbound traffic was down to one lane on Governors Drive. Stay with WHNT News 19 on air, on WHNT.com and on […]

  • HV InTown Suites Hotel Fire

    Crews respond to overnight fire call at Huntsville hotel

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A fire forced guests from rooms overnight at the InTown Suites in Huntsville. Fire and rescue crews responded to the hotel on The Boardwalk around 1:30 a.m. Fire crews say there was a fire in a room on the second floor. The sprinkler head in that room extinguished the fire. However, five rooms sustained water damage from sprinklers.  At least one person was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor burns. The fire has been […]

  • Rolling Stones Cuba

    Mick Jagger and the Stones roll into Cuba ahead of landmark concert

    (WHNT) – One of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest bands is set to take the stage in an historic concert in Cuba. The Rolling Stones arrived in Havana Thursday night, ahead of Friday’s free concert at a sports arena in the Cuban capital, an event that’s expected to draw more than one million people. The event is being billed as the first open-air concert by a British rock band and will mark the last stop on the Stones’ Latin American tour. […]

  • President Obama's trip to Cuba is the first time a sitting U.S. President has visited the island nation since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

    CBS/NYT Poll: Majority of Americans favor restoring US-Cuba ties

    (WHNT) – President Barack Obama is in the midst of a historic trip to Cuba.  Mr. Obama arrived in Havana on Sunday, the first sitting United States president to travel to Cuba in nearly 90 years.  The trip comes as both countries have taken steps to normalize relations. A majority of Americans in a new CBS News/New York Times Poll say they support restoring U.S.-Cuba relations. Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Favor: 58% Oppose: 25% Don’t Know: 18% Authors of […]

  • Google Fiber logo

    Huntsville Utilities Electric Board unanimously approves Google Fiber agreement

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Utilities Electric Board has unanimously approved an agreement to bring Google Fiber to the Rocket City.  Board members voted during a meeting Tuesday morning at the main office of Huntsville Utilities. “It’s something that’s going to pay for itself very quickly,” said President and CEO of Huntsville Utilities Jay Stowe. City leaders announced the deal Monday.  Huntsville Utilities will build the network and lease the infrastructure to Google. The project will bring Internet speeds […]

  • Trump at Rally for Veterans Jan 28

    CBS News Poll: Trump holds double-digit lead among GOP primary voters

    (WHNT) – Donald Trump continues to hold the top spot among Republican presidential candidates. A New CBS News national poll out Thursday covers the presidential campaign, President Obama’s job performance and the future of the United States Supreme Court. The poll shows Trump with a 17 point lead over his closet rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  The poll indicates 35 percent of Republican primary voters support Trump.  Cruz is in second place with 18 percent.  Florida Senator Marco Rubio and […]

  • Ben Smith Catch

    Watch: WHNT News 19’s Ben Smith warms up for Super Bowl 50

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Football fans across the country are stocking up on the chips and dip ahead of Super Bowl 50.  The Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.  You can watch the big game right here on WHNT News 19. Our own Ben Smith is among the many fans bursting with excitement ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.  So much so, that he felt like putting his pigskin skills to the test on WHNT News 19 […]

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