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  • Severe Weather Outlook December 21 PM latest blog post takes you hour-by-hour through severe weather threat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 is taking action to track the latest severe weather threat in the Tennessee Valley. Our meteorologists say there is a substantial risk for severe weather on Wednesday.  The severe weather threat includes the potential for large hail, damaging winds and some tornadoes. However, there are factors that could substantially reduce our chance for severe weather. Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson details those factors, plus provides an in-depth look at the forecast models in his […]

  • LI FedEx Truck Fire

    Update: FedEx truck fire extinguished; no injuries or packages damaged

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Crews have extinguished a fire that engulfed a FedEx truck on the side of Interstate 65 in Limestone County. The fire happened on the southbound side of the interstate near the Tennessee Welcome Center. Alabama State Troopers say the driver reported pulling over after the truck lost power.  The driver says that’s when the truck caught fire. There are no reports of any injuries.  Authorities say the truck was empty, so there will be no impact […]

  • International Space Station

    International Space Station crew conduct spacewalk

    (WHNT) – NASA leaders have given the green light to the crew of the International Space Station to conduct a spacewalk. Commander Scott Kelly and engineer Tim Kopra took part in the spacewalk set that began at 7:10 a.m. The team was tasked with moving a piece of equipment to a worksite on the station’s truss. The spacewalk is expected to take three-and-a-half hours to complete. Click here to learn more about the mission associated with the spacewalk

  • Police investigate a fight between Birmingham mayor, city council member (

    UPDATE: Birmingham mayor files assault charge against council member after fight in City Hall

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – Police in Birmingham are trying to sort out the details following an apparent altercation between two city leaders.  Both men have said they will press charges against the other — in fact, the city’s mayor has already done so. The fight involved Birmingham mayor William Bell and council member Marcus Lundy.  Our news partner’s report cites officials who say a discussion between the two men became heated, leading to a physical altercation. It started when the two […]

  • LW Deadly Fire

    Authorities investigate deadly house fire in Lawrence County as possible arson

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lawrence County man lost his life in a house fire Wednesday night. Investigators responded to the home on Alternate 72 near Trinity around 10 p.m Wednesday. The body of Azrel Gene Stovall was found inside the home, according to his family and authorities. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the home around 9:30 Wednesday evening. When they arrived, they found the house burning. Deputies had responded to the home earlier Wednesday for a […]

  • Butterball

    Cooking Questions? Have no fear, the Butterball Turkey Talk Line is here

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal is a massive undertaking.  Stuffing, basting, chopping and entertaining can quickly become overwhelming, not to mention the potential road bumps you may encounter getting the food from the kitchen to the the table.  Thankfully, there are experts available to help you get answers to your Thanksgiving cooking questions. The experts at Butterball’s Turkey Talk Line having been answering questions and offering advice for more than 30 years to those seeking their […]

  • Thanksgiving 7 Day Forecast

    Thanksgiving Forecast: warm and breezy in the Tennessee Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Happy Thanksgiving from all us at WHNT News 19.  Many of you are likely up early getting a head start on the big Thanksgiving Day meal, or perhaps getting ready to travel to your holiday destination. The weather is expected to be unusually warm on this Thanksgiving with a high temperature of 70 degrees in the forecast.  Occasional wind gusts of more than 20 miles-per-hour possible. Meteorologist Ben Smith has your Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Iron […]

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    Alabama’s unemployment rate drops for October

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – The latest numbers show a slight drop in Alabama’s unemployment rate. Statistics from the Alabama Department of Labor show the state unemployment rate for October at 5.9 percent, down from 6 percent in September. “More jobs are being created, Alabama’s unemployment rate continues to drops and our economy is growing,” Governor Robert Bentley said. Madison and Limestone Counties have the lowest unemployment rates in our area with 5 and 5.1 percent respectively.  The highest jobless numbers […]

  • Ken Whisenhunt (Photo: Tennessee Titans / MGN)

    Tennessee Titans fire Ken Whisenhunt as head coach

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – The Tennessee Titans are in the market for a new head coach.  The team fired Ken Whisenhunt 23 games into his tenure. The move comes as the Titans, now 1-6 on the season, lost their sixth straight game over the weekend to the Houston Texans.  Whisenhunt was 3-20 during his time as Titans head coach. “We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction. I […]

  • Decatur police respond to a flipped vehicle on Alternate Highway 20.

    Police respond to wreck involving flipped vehicle in Decatur

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –   Decatur police are investigating a wreck that left one vehicle on its side. Police responded just before midnight to a stretch of Alternate Highway 20 in a Decatur portion of Limestone County. Traffic was down to one lane for authorities to investigate and work to clear the scene. There is no report of any deaths or injuries due to this wreck.  

  • Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Monroeville

    MONROEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An investigation is underway following a fatal shooting involving law enforcement officers in south Alabama. It happened Wednesday night in Monroeville.  The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says state troopers were assisting the Conecuh County Sheriff in the case of a person wanted for assault. Authorities say officers tried several times to convince the person to surrender.  That’s when, officials say, the person left a home and fire multiple shots at the officers.  Authorities say officers from […]

  • NEW OVERNIGHT: Missing hiker found safe in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A hiker reported missing in Marshall County has been found. 71-year-old Jimmy White had been reported missing Wednesday around 7 p.m.  White and his son had gone hiking in a wooded area off Pleasant Hill Road in the Sims Community. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says the two men got separated.  White’s son returned to their car, his father did not.  Search crews found White safe deep in that same wooded area. They are working to […]