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  • Orion on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Photo by: NASA TV)

    UPDATE: Orion launch scrubbed for today due to valve issues

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WHNT) – The Orion spacecraft launch has been scrubbed for today due to valve issues. The next possible launch is Friday, with the window opening at 6:05 a.m. CST. NASA officials say a fuel and drain valve did not close on a booster core, which caused a delay.  There were also other delays due to wind and a boat in the launch area. Watch NASA TV for live coverage. NASA is providing updates on the launch schedule on […]

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    Getting Ready for Orion: A preview of the mission and its connection to the Tennessee Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – NASA and the Tennessee Valley will be focused on the state of Florida for the next few days ahead of the launch of the Orion spacecraft. NASA says the weather is a 70 percent go for Thursday morning’s scheduled launch.  The agency also tweeted Wednesday morning that Orion is now on the launch pad.  Here are the latest updates in NASA’s Orion blog. #NASA #Orion on the launch pad this morning ready to fly into history! […]

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    Peaceful Ferguson-related demonstration on AAMU campus postponed due to rain

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Students at Alabama A&M University plan to come together in honor of Michael Brown. Protests have taken place across the country after a Missouri grand jury did not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot and killed Brown in Ferguson back in August.  Supporters of the Brown family believe the 18-year-old was trying to surrender when Wilson shot him.  Wilson’s supporters say the officer fired in self defense after Brown tried to take Wilson’s gun. […]

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    UPDATE: Students rally to try to save UAB’s football program

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – The UAB Blazers football program appears to be coming to an end.  Reports in both USA Today and Sports Illustrated indicate the University’s Athletics Director has been fired and the football program could be shut down. It could happen as early as this week, the report says. There has been concern for sometime among alumni that the program could be ending.  Our news partners at reported earlier in the month on those concerns. Students, alumni […]

  • Deputies in Morgan County are investigating an early-morning shooting in Somerville. (Photo by: Jeff Gray/WHNT News 19)

    Deputies say shooting in Somerville was failed suicide attempt

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – We have an update on a shooting that happened early Wednesday morning in Somerville.  Investigators say the incident was a failed suicide attempt. A number of deputies responded to a home in the 1100 block of Charest Road around 4 a.m.  They found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the face. The man was taken to Huntsville Hospital.  He was in serious condition at last report.

  • Vehicle overturned on Highway 72 westbound on Chapman Mountain. (Photo by: Dave Schmidt/WHNT News 19)

    Update: Three-vehicle wreck cleared on Highway 72; traffic slowly returning to normal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Traffic is slowly returning to normal after a three-vehicle wreck on westbound Highway 72 at the top of Chapman Mountain. One of the vehicles ended up on its side.  Traffic was down to one lane on both the east and westbound sides while crews worked to clear the scene. All lanes of Highway 72 are now back open. One person is believed to have been injured in this wreck.

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    Police respond to burglary at AT&T Wireless

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are on the scene of a burglary at a Huntsville cell phone store. The alarm at AT&T Wireless went off around 4:00 a.m.  The store is located at the corner of Whitesburg Drive and Airport Road. Police arrived at the store to find the side door had been smashed in. Officers brought in a K9 unit to help clear the building. Now police are waiting for the store’s managers to arrive to help determine exactly […]

  • New No. 1: Crimson Tide tops latest College Football Playoff rankings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – College football has a new top-ranked team, at least as far as the new College Football Playoff Selection Committee is concerned. The Alabama Crimson Tide is now in the top spot in the latest rankings released Tuesday night. Here’s a look at the top four teams that would qualify for the playoff: Alabama Oregon Florida State Mississippi State The Crimson Tide earned the committee’s top spot after handing previously top-ranked Mississippi State its first loss of the […]

  • Cold temperatures lead to frost on vehicles at a Huntsville car dealership on South Memorial Parkway. Wednesday’s record cold start

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Another day of cold temperatures in the Tennessee Valley. Huntsville tied a record low at 3 a.m. with a temperature of 21 degrees. The picture included tells the story.  It shows frost on a car at a dealership on South Memorial Parkway near Drake Avenue in Huntsville. Meteorologist Ben Smith says we can expect a milder afternoon today.  However, the temperatures will still be below average. Ben breaks down what to expect today, as well as […]


    Why you may see a helicopter hovering in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – You may see a helicopter hovering over part of Madison County over the next three days starting this morning. The Tennessee Valley Authority will be using a helicopter to install equipment and transmission lines in the area of Moores Mill and Winchester Roads. The work is scheduled to take place between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. through Wednesday. The new transmission line will provide power to Huntsville Utilities’ Charity Lane Substation. Authorities will be posted […]

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    Traffic Update: Wall Triana Bridge in Madison opens to traffic

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Good news if the work on the Wall Triana bridge project has been affecting your daily commute. The bridge has opened after being closed for several months. The bridge is between Eastview Drive and Brownsferry Road. Mayor Trulock says the new bridge will be safer and have a third lane for traffic. Contractors still have final clean-up items to complete and the pavement must cure for at least two weeks prior to final striping.  The city urges drivers […]


    Police warn drivers about patches of ice in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Police in Madison are urging drivers to use caution this morning. Police say patches of ice have formed near the intersection of Gillespie and Balch Roads. Please drive safe this morning. The weather where you live forecast calls for a high of 40 degrees today in the Tennessee Valley and a low of 23 degrees.  


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