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Almost Thanksgiving: Death row inmates reflect on Alabama execution moratorium

ATMORE, Ala. (WIAT) – For the men of Alabama’s death row, it was almost Thanksgiving. They spoke from Holman Correctional Facility, the maximum security prison in the southern part of the state where many of their neighbors, one by one, have been executed. The condemned men – all members of Project Hope to Abolish the […] → Read More

Punching down? Alabama bars become latest targets of lawsuits by fight promoter

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Cordell Carter can take a punch. But he said the battle he’s now found himself in isn’t really a fair fight. Carter and the now-closed Carter’s Sports Bar in Birmingham are being sued by a fight promotor for allegedly illegally showing multiple UFC fights without paying the appropriate license fee. Carter […] → Read More

Chilton County clash creeps toward Alabama Supreme Court

CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Last month, an Alabama school superintendent lost to his employees in court. Now, he’s asking the state’s highest court to step in. Chilton County Schools Superintendent Jason Griffin has filed a petition in the Alabama Supreme Court, asking the state’s highest judicial body to order a local judge to dismiss […] → Read More

As Hoover daycare closes in wake of controversy, mom reflects on ‘Hot Sauce Summer’

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Heather Willoughby said she had spent months trying to unburden herself from the drama of “Hot Sauce Summer.” Then, the letter came. The letter, announcing the permanent closure of the Hoover First United Methodist Church Day School, told parents of children who’d attended the daycare that church officials would “miss being […] → Read More

Days after attempted execution, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey asks for moratorium

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Days after Alabama abandoned its attempt to execute Kenneth Eugene Smith, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has announced, in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Corrections, her request for an effective moratorium on executions in the state. In a press release issued Monday morning, Ivey’s office said she has asked the state […] → Read More

Alabama abandons attempt to execute Kenneth Smith, citing difficulty establishing necessary vein access

ATMORE, Ala. (WIAT) — The State of Alabama has abandoned its attempt to execute Kenneth Eugene Smith. The announcement that the state would not proceed with the execution came after the U.S. Supreme Court had cleared the way for the lethal injection around 10:24 p.m. A full timeline of the day’s events can be found […] → Read More

U.S. Supreme Court clears way for Alabama’s lethal injection of Kenneth Smith

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by an Alabama death row inmate for a stay of execution. Kenneth Eugene Smith’s application for a stay of execution, presented to Justice Thomas and referred to the entire court, was denied around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. No justices noted their dissents to the […] → Read More

How long can ‘execution team’ needle Kenneth Smith before violating the constitution? Alabama won’t say.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A lawyer representing the State of Alabama would not say how long the “execution team” inside Holman Correctional Facility could prod Kenneth Eugene Smith in an attempt to establish vein access before it would violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. In a court hearing Wednesday, federal appeals […] → Read More

PHOTOS: Molly Tuttle, queen of flatpick guitar, performs in Trussville with Golden Highway

Tuttle, a two-time International Bluegrass Music Awards guitar player of the year, performed alongside her new band — world-class musicians in their own right — at the pavilion in Trussville’s entertainment district. → Read More

Flight from Atlanta to California diverted to Birmingham airport after ‘pressurization issues’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Delta Airlines Flight 1056 from Atlanta to Santa Ana, California was diverted to Birmingham Thursday afternoon after pressurization issues were reported on the plane, airport authorities have confirmed. The plane took off from Atlanta at 3:53 p.m. and landed in Birmingham at 4:52 p.m., flight records show. The plane was almost […] → Read More

Bonnie Raitt brings the blues to Birmingham, shouts out local advocacy group on stage

On Wednesday night, a day after the 10-time Grammy winner turned 73, Bonnie Raitt brought the blues to the Magic City. And she brought a lot more, too. → Read More

PHOTOS: Phillip Ensler, sworn in on Hebrew Study Bible, becomes Alabama’s only Jewish lawmaker

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Phillip Ensler has made history. On Wednesday morning, as a brisk breeze blew outside Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ensler was sworn in as Alabama’s only Jewish lawmaker. Ensler, a Montgomery attorney and former teacher, declared victory Tuesday night over incumbent Republican Charlotte Meadows in the race to serve in […] → Read More

Alabama elects first Jewish legislator in more than four decades

When he assumes office, Ensler will become the first Jew to serve in the Alabama Legislature in more than four decades and only the third Jew to ever serve in the lawmaking body. → Read More

No kidding: Alabama man serving 30 days in county jail over roaming goats

An Alabama man is serving 30 days in a county jail for allowing his goats to roam at large. → Read More

What you need to know before heading to the polls

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Election day is November 8 and CBS 42 has everything you need to know before heading to the polls. On Tuesday, voters in Alabama will choose between candidates running for governor, lieutenant governor, state attorney general, justices of the state supreme court, and secretary of state. Voters will also choose between […] → Read More

Birmingham police charge man with fire at synagogue; Rabbi says incident was not antisemitic

Birmingham police charge man with fire at synagogue; Rabbi says incident was not antisemitic → Read More

What amendments are on the ballot in Alabama?

Ten amendments to the Alabama constitution are on the ballot tomorrow across Alabama. In some counties, additional local amendments may appear on the ballot as well. Below are explanations of each statewide amendment. → Read More

Days after Birmingham synagogue scare, Alabama may elect its only Jewish legislator

If elected on Nov. 8, Phillip Ensler would become the only Jew to serve in the Alabama legislature for more than four decades and only the third Jew to ever serve in the body. → Read More

Greene County bingo operator donates $100,000 to Kay Ivey campaign for governor

KNOXVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Days before Alabama’s general election, the state’s incumbent governor has accepted a six-figure donation from Palace Entertainment, LLC, a company that operates a bingo facility in Greene County. According to campaign finance reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State, Gov. Kay Ivey’s campaign received a $100,000 donation from Palace Entertainment, […] → Read More

FBI, Birmingham police on scene of unattended package near Temple Beth-El

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) responded Friday to the scene of an unattended package near Temple Beth-El, a local synagogue. Truman Fitzgerald, a spokesperson for the Birmingham Police Department, said that around 8:30 a.m. Friday, the head of security for the local Jewish federation notified local police […] → Read More