School Delays across the Tennessee Valley

I grew up in Southern California. My family and I moved to Huntsville in 2000. My wife teaches high school. We have two sons, my younger son is a senior at Grissom High School. I’ve worked in newspapers for the past 23 years, as a reporter and editor. I’m still new to the TV news business, but WHNT is a great place to learn, filled with smart, dedicated people. I look forward to breaking news and telling great stories that make a difference in people’s lives. If you’ve got a news tip, a comment or a suggestion on what we can do better, I can be reached at brian.lawson@whnt.com


Recent Articles
  • City of Huntsville charges defendants for body cam videos, issue raised in immigration counter-protester’s criminal case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The case of Shane Sealy may not draw much public sympathy, but what’s going on with his criminal case has implications well beyond its outcome. It started at an emotionally charged demonstration in Huntsville about the U.S. government family separation policy in June of 2018. Sealy was a counter-protester, accused of bringing a gun to the rally. His case went before Huntsville city court and he was found guilty of menacing and reckless endangerment. Prosecutors dropped those […]

  • Sheriff: DA will be given Madison PD fatal shooting investigation report Thursday

    MADISON, Ala. — It has been 10 days since a confrontation outside a popular Madison gym resulted in a fatal police shooting. Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner told WHNT News 19 Wednesday that the results of his office’s investigation into the shooting will be turned over to the Madison County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday. Community members have called for more information about what took place in the fatal shooting of Dana Fletcher on Oct. 27 in the parking lot […]

  • Alabama prosecutors respond to Sheriff Blakely: ‘Nothing vague’ in law about stealing from office

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — The state of Alabama has responded to Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely’s efforts to have his indictment dismissed, arguing “there is nothing vague about prohibitions against using your official position to steal money.” The Monday filing was a reply to Blakely’s lawyers arguments that the theft and ethics violations case against the sheriff was based on the “unconstitutionally vague” Alabama Ethics Act. Blakely, who has been the sheriff in Limestone County for 36 years, was indicted […]

  • GOP candidate Arnold Mooney has first major ad blitz in U.S Senate race, analyst predicts pitched battle

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama’s primary election is March 3 and a number of Republicans are vying for a chance to challenge  Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones for Jones’ Senate seat. And if you have a TV, odds are you’ve seen an Arnold Mooney ad recently. The campaign did a statewide ad buy that began on October 11 and was timed to run for two weeks. Jordan Gehrke, a spokesman for the Mooney campaign, said they are strongly considering extending the […]

  • Huntsville man charged with axe murder set to go on trial in November

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville man is facing the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison, accused of killing his roommate with an axe. Randal Beard, 58,  will go on trial for capital murder next month. Beard is accused of killing his roommate Robert Bezotte at Bezotte’s home on Peel Street in June 2017. Tim Gann, chief trial attorney for the Madison County District Attorney’s office, said the state will try to prove that Beard killed Bezotte […]

  • Person of interest identified in Huntsville FBI photographer’s death, neighbors receive odd note seeking information

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Graham County Sheriff’s office has at least one person of interest in its investigation into the death of a Huntsville based FBI photographer.  Kathleen Polce Miller,  60, was found dead in the Nantahala National Forest on October 7. Graham County Chief Deputy Chuck Stewart said on Tuesday that the FBI photographer’s husband, Greg Miller, is a “person of interest” in the case at this time. Records show the couple owned a home together in Owens Cross […]

  • Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely seeks dismissal of criminal case against him

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. –  Attorneys for Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely filed motions Tuesday seeking to dismiss 13 criminal charges against the 10-term sheriff. Blakely is challenging the constitutionality of the ethics law under which he was indicted. The motions argue that the Alabama Ethics Act is “unconstitutionally vague.” Blakely was indicted in August on theft and ethics charges, including stealing from his office. He has remained on the job while his criminal case is pending. Blakely has served as […]

  • U.S. Senator Doug Jones says withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria was ill-considered

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones said Senators met Thursday with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense about Turkey’s incursion into Syria and the ongoing crisis facing the Kurds. Jones said the current crisis could have been avoided. “This all started with a phone call in an announcement last December, where the President telegraphed exactly what he was going to do, to Turkey, which let them build up their strength over the […]

  • U.S. Sen. Doug Jones says Senate would need time to review evidence if impeachment trial called

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — As Democrats in the U.S. House push forward with an impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s communications with Ukraine about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the U.S. Senate is waiting to find out if it will have a role to play. If the House, by a simple majority, votes to impeach President Donald Trump, the charges against him would go to the Senate for a trial. Alabama U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a  Democrat, toured Alabama during the recent […]

  • Ongoing investigation finds Huntsville FBI photographer drowned in creek

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- The death of a Huntsville-based FBI forensic photographer remains under investigation, but the preliminary cause of her death is listed as drowning, a Graham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman told WHNT News 19 Monday morning. The investigation into the circumstances of Kathleen Miller’s Oct. 7 death is ongoing at this time, Chief Deputy Chuck Stewart said. Miller’s body was found in a creek in the remote Nantahala National Forest by her husband. She was 60. The Graham County District […]

  • UAH Professor: Impeachment investigation is a political process, not a legal process

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — As the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump unfolds, the battle has already heated up over the process itself. President Trump’s lawyers fault Democratic U.S House leaders, arguing the impeachment investigation has ignored the president’s due process rights. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to House Democratic leaders Tuesday arguing the impeachment inquiry is illegitimate in part because it denies President Trump legal due process. But John Pottenger, chair of the University of Alabama in […]

  • Alabama Department of Corrections investigating rash of deaths at Donaldson Correctional Facility

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama Department of Corrections officials say they are investigating three deaths at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer in the past two weeks. The deaths come amid ongoing negotiations between the State of Alabama and the U.S. Justice Department, which found in April that Alabama’s prison conditions appear to be violating the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. But the prison violence and death continues amid the review. The investigations include the deaths of: Marco Dewayne […]

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