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Birmingham, AL, United States

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Past articles by Conan:

Birmingham restaurants featured on new Netflix series

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A new Netflix series explores fried food across the country and one of the episodes focuses on Birmingham. “Fresh, Fried & Crispy” is now available on the streaming service. The show’s host, Daym Drops, visited three restaurants, including Yo’ Mama’s in downtown Birmingham. It’s already popular among locals and the owner […] → Read More

USA Pickleball National Indoor Championship begins in Hoover

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Some of the top pickleball players in the nation are in Hoover competing for championships. The USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships started Tuesday morning at the Finley Center. Players ages 19 and up will compete through Sunday, including senior competitions Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s the first time the Finley Center has […] → Read More

Fans excited to return to SEC baseball tournament after last year’s cancelation

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Hoover Met is a special place for many SEC baseball fans, especially those like Liz and Steven Buteau, who travel to games in RVs. “This is probably our favorite tournament,” Liz Buteau said. The couple drove from Jeanerette, Louisiana this week to cheer on LSU, where their son, Rhett, played […] → Read More

Life of former Birmingham police officer remembered ahead of Peace Officers Memorial Day

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Saturday is Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day where across the country, flags will fly at half staff in memory of law enforcement officers who were killed or disabled in the line of duty. For Randall Smith, it’s an important day. His father, Randy, was a Birmingham police officer who was […] → Read More

ALDOT planning to add more lanes to U.S. 280

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — If you regularly drive down Hwy. 280, especially during rush hour, then you know how busy the road can get. ALDOT understands that, too, and that’s why leaders are planning to expand a section of the highway. ALDOT public information officer Linda Crockett said engineers with the department are designing a […] → Read More

Seat selection begins at Protective Stadium for upcoming UAB football season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The seat selection process for UAB football season tickets at the upcoming Protective Stadium is now underway. Around 3,000 people will participate in the process, which began Monday and will last through the end of May, according to UAB senior associate athletics director for external affairs Brad Hardekopf. Fans who committed […] → Read More

New bike, scooter rental service now available in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — If you’re looking for a way to get around Birmingham, you now have a new option. VeoRide, a bike and scooter rental service, is now available. You can pick up the rides at designated locations across the city and activate them through a smart phone. It’s the latest stage in the […] → Read More

Alabama Bill would ban state enforcement of federal gun laws

The Alabama Senate has backed legislation to make it a crime for local police officers to enforce any new federal gun restrictions. → Read More

Proposal in Alabama to up protection for Confederate statues

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposal to fine cities $10,000 a day for taking down Confederate and other longstanding monuments drew heated debate in a Alabama legislative committee. The House Government Committee on Wednesday held a public hearing on the bill by Rep. Mike Holmes that would dramatically increase fines for violating the Memorial Preservation […] → Read More

Miss Fancy statue being fixed, will return to Avondale Park June 19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A statue of Birmingham’s most famous elephant will soon be back at its home in Avondale Park. The statue of Miss Fancy that was once displayed in Avondale Park is going to a metallurgist, who will replace the tusk it lost and the scratches it sustained when a drunk driver hit […] → Read More

Birmingham adds new flex lanes along 20th Street North

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — If you’ve driven down 20th Street North in Birmingham lately, you’ve probably noticed some colorful changes. The city has painted new flex lanes there, and leaders with REV Birmingham hope they’ll help businesses, pedestrians and cyclists. The color-coded lanes are on 20th between 1st Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North. A […] → Read More

Construction of new Legacy Arena progressing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Basketball fans across central Alabama are glued to their TVs for the NCAA tournament right now, but in just two years they’ll be able to attend games in person in Birmingham. That’s thanks to the ongoing renovations at the BJCC. If you drive by, you’ll see the new glass facade that’s […] → Read More

University of Alabama classes canceled, campus storm shelters opened ahead of severe weather

The University of Alabama has suspended normal operations due to the threat of severe weather in the area. → Read More

Major League Fishing tournament starts in Cullman

CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — Some of the world’s best bass fishers are in Cullman this week for a Major League Fishing tournament. From Thursday to Sunday, the organization will be hosting its Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event at Smith Lake. Anglers are competing for a total purse of $900,000 with a top award of up […] → Read More

Freshwater Land Trust could get a step closer to trail extension today

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — If you’ve ever wanted to walk from Railroad Park to Avondale, you soon may have the opportunity. The Birmingham city council will vote Tuesday on an ordinance that could pave the way for an extension of the Jones Valley Trail. The council will consider whether to give the Freshwater Land Trust […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa voters head to the polls for mayor’s race

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The polls are open in Tuscaloosa, where today voters will make their choices for mayor, city council and school board. The big draw is the race for mayor, which pits incumbent Walt Maddox against challengers Serena Fortenberry and Martin Houston. Maddox, who’s seeking his fifth term, has touted his sound financial […] → Read More

Restaurants getting creative for pandemic Valentine’s Day

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Rick Moonen is not satisfied with saying that Valentine’s Day is big for Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. That would be an understatement. “Valentine’s Day is like the Super Bowl of the year for Perry’s Steakhouse,” said Moonen, master development chef at Perry’s. “It’s one of the most – it is the […] → Read More

Wing Zone in Hoover prepared for busy Super Bowl Sunday

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Super Bowl is a big deal for restaurants, especially those that deliver, and the owner of Wing Zone in Hoover is prepared for a night that may be even busier than usual. “It’s actually our busiest day of the year,” said Faiz Karmali, who has owned the restaurant for nearly […] → Read More

New Buc-ee’s location opens in Leeds

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The long-awaited Buc-ee’s is finally open in Leeds. The doors to the 53,000 square-foot travel center opened at 6 a.m. Monday, and around a dozen people were waiting to go inside. Business picked up shortly thereafter. The center, known for its brisket sandwiches, homemade fudge and other food, is open 24 […] → Read More

UAB Hospital working to create more space as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — COVID-19 hospitalizations are soaring across Alabama, and it’s forcing UAB Hospital to create more space for patients. UAB leaders said this week that more people statewide are now hospitalized with the coronavirus than at any previous time during the pandemic. And they haven’t even seen the full impact of New Year’s […] → Read More