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Joel Porter joins WHNT after working the last three years in South Bend, Indiana.

He previously worked at stations in Grand Forks and Bismarck as a reporter and morning anchor before moving to Eugene, Oregon where he anchored the morning show, reported and filled in on weather.

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Recent Articles
  • Pints and Pixels almost ready to reopen after fire, UG White may take a while longer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Two businesses in downtown Huntsville have been closed for two weeks after a small fire in the building. And one of them doesn’t expect to reopen for months. On a hot afternoon on the third floor, there’s no play happening at Pints and Pixels, just the rumble and scraping on a dusty floor. “In a perfect world, we were hoping we’d only be down like four days,” Pints and Pixels co-owner Sherry Wallace said. Four days has […]

  • Clements High School parents worried after vandals shoot two vehicles

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Two teens in Limestone County are in trouble after sheriff’s deputies say they damaged three cars parked outside two schools last week. But, that’s not the only reason why parents are upset. Last Friday, Ashley Bennington says she walked out of school to find the glass on her car was shattered. “I started crying because I was thinking, ‘What is mom going to do? Am I going to get in trouble?'” Bennington said. “At first, the […]

  • Riverkeeper group joins potential lawsuit against Mazda Toyota plant

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Huntsville city leaders hope to break ground on the new Mazda Toyota plant within a few months. Another environmental group is threatening a lawsuit hoping to protect a tiny fish swimming next door to the new plant. “It’s a little green fish, about an inch big, with green stripes,” David Whiteside with Tennessee Riverkeeper said. A tiny fish, that’s raising some very big concerns. “We believe, even though it’s a small fish, it’s a rare fish and […]

  • Von Braun Center set for $12 million expansion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.– As Huntsville’s music scene grows, the Von Braun Center is set to make some changes. “We’re basically busting at the seams,” Von Braun Center executive director Steve Maples said. “We’ve got more demand than we have space. In particular, demand for weekend space.” That’s why Maples says it’s time for the VBC to expand. The public is invited to the groundbreaking of the new Music Hall on the corner of Clinton and Monroe Wednesday, August 15 from 6 p.m. […]

  • New high schools finished in time for Decatur students to return to school

    DECATUR, Ala. – Thousands of kids in Decatur will head back to school on Wednesday morning. School leaders are cheering because the two new high schools were finished just in time. Deona Turner is getting her classroom prepared. “Lots of unpacking.” It’s a familiar ritual for Turner, who’s taught Spanish at Austin for over 20 years. But this time, she’s in a brand new building. “Whenever you go into a new space, you have to reorient yourself,” Turner said. Around […]

  • North Alabama bank officials warn customers of phone scams

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — North Alabama bankers warn people on Monday to watch their wallets. Customers say they’ve received frequent phone calls from scammers who pose as bankers and try to steal their information. “It’s out there right now. Your information, my information. It’s readily available for sale. They have a treasure trove of information,” North Alabama Educators Credit Union President Greg Olmsted said. Bankers in northern Alabama say scammers paid so they can get your name, phone number and in […]

  • Jackson County school leaders save $1 million on utilities

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Kids in Jackson County were back at school on Thursday. And county school leaders have a few more dollars in the budget thanks to some energy upgrades. “If you’re not paying the power bill, you don’t turn the light off,” Jackson County school superintendent Kevin Dukes said. But after years of having sticker shock at the cost of turning the lights on at all 17 schools, school leaders looked for a cheaper way. “They’re trying to do as […]

  • Main Street Alabama money to dress up South Parkway

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  Business owners in Huntsville are expecting more walk-in traffic with the south end of Memorial Parkway reopened. City leaders hope  some grant money will dress up the corridor over the next few years. A swift Monday evening commute on Memorial Parkway signals a return to normal. “We’ve stuck it out and I think we’re ready to grow pretty big,” Das Stahl Bierhaus General Manager David Vail said. Neighbors and business owners like the Bierhaus celebrate the recently […]

  • Police arrest man following standoff on Newson Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police say they have arrested the man they have been in a standoff with since 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The arrest happened just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Police tell us they arrested Kenneth Lamarte Adams, 28, after a negotiator talked with him. He is charged with robbery and possession of a pistol by a violent felon. Officers also took him in on an outstanding robbery warrant and a felony conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime warrant. […]

  • Decatur Police investigate potential murder-suicide

    DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Police are investigating the deaths of two people after their bodies were found inside a home on Saturday night. Decatur police say they were asked to check on a home along the 3000 block of Wheat Avenue around 5:39 p.m. Saturday. Inside the home, police found 54-year-old Ron Light and 45-year-old Autumn Wydner. Neighbors say the two were in a relationship. Police tell the couple hadn’t been seen in days, so they went to the home […]

  • Huntsville attorney says police body cameras can be vital tool in cases

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Huntsville police officer now faces murder charges. It appears the police body camera video is what led the grand jury to charge the officer. A civil rights attorney in Huntsville says body cam video is an added tool, that can protect both victims and officers. “Not every case is black and white. In fact, most cases involve a lot of grey,” attorney Jeremiah Hodges said. A pressure cooker situation. Three months ago, Huntsville police were called to […]

  • Limestone County schools approve suicide prevention training

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala.- In less than a week, kids will be back at class. And teachers will be learning some ways to help students who may be feeling suicidal. On August 8th, the buses start rolling, and the doors welcome back students for another year. “We don’t ever want them to feel like they’re alone,” Dr. Jan Tribble with Limestone County Schools said. A busy school year means plenty of good days and not so good days. So, this fall, […]