Jake Chapman, CBS 42

Jake Chapman

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Birmingham, AL, United States

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Past articles by Jake:

City of Chelsea to consider ordinance on property tax increase

CHELSEA, Ala. (WIAT) — The city of Chelsea will vote on an ordinance to decide whether or not to have a vote in July on a potential property tax increase in order to generate funds for a new school system. Mayor Tony Picklesimer presented the ordinance to the city council earlier in the week. As […] → Read More

Alabamians react to end of travel mask mandate

Masks are now optional on planes, trains, buses, any form of public transportation after a federal judge in Florida deemed it “unconstitutional.” → Read More

USFL brings in over 3 million views opening weekend

The USFL shared details on their opening weekend ratings. → Read More

Chilton County and Jemison High seniors swap schools for senior prank; draws massive attention

A senior prank involving Chilton County and Jemison High Schools is garnering significant attention, but what prank would gain that much attention? The answer: swapping places. Around 12 seniors from Chilton County went to Jemison High, and four from Jemison went to Chilton County. → Read More

World Games theme song to be released Friday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – “Hope of Alabama,” the theme song for the World Games, is about will be released to the public Friday. Dr. Henry Panion III is the artistic director for the games and says a lot of Alabama talent went into the song. “This is the first time that the American Idols from […] → Read More

Housing market continues to be struggle for home buyers, realtors in Alabama

The housing market continues to be a pain for home buyers nationwide and here in Alabama, especially with interest rates slowly rising. → Read More

Controversial LGBTQ bills continue to draw backlash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Governor Kay Ivey signed two bills in regard to transgender youth. Both bills have garnered a lot of controversy from the LGBTQ community and activist groups across the state. House Representative Neil Rafferty gave a passionate speech to the House floor on Thursday before the bills were passed. He believes those […] → Read More

‘I will remember this day forever’: Local judge thrilled over Supreme Court confirmation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – There has been a fair amount of support for newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson in the Magic City. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin took to social media to congratulate her on such a historic day for the court. Woodfin isn’t alone. Sixteen African American women judges gathered for a […] → Read More

Birmingham’s murder rate up 40 percent compared to 2021

Over the past few months, organizations like the Jefferson County Department of Public Health have invested funds into combating gun violence by helping victims. → Read More

Alabama EMAs on standby for potential severe weather

Emergency agencies throughout Central Alabama are on high alert as the state prepares for strong winds and flash flooding possibilities. One area usually greatly impacted by flood waters is Tuscaloosa County. → Read More

Alabamians weigh in on the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana

The United States House passed legislation Friday that would decriminalize marijuana, better known as the MORE Act. → Read More

Birmingham Fraternal Order of Police not satisfied with amount of pay raise

The city of Birmingham approved a pay raise for city workers, including police officers, firefighters and other first responders. → Read More

Birmingham City Employees could get 5% pay raise

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is proposing a 5% pay raise for city employees and an additional 5% merit raise. → Read More

No tornado warning issued in Hale County during Tuesday’s storms

The National Weather Service says an E-F 0 tornado touched down in Bibb and Shelby counties on Tuesday, only uprooting trees in it’s path. → Read More

Highland Lake residents want building ordinance changed

HIGHLAND LAKE, Ala. (WIAT) – Some community members in Highland Lake are concerned over the town’s zoning and building ordinance. They are arguing that the minimum 1,800 square footage requirement is too high. Karen Murphy tells CBS 42 she has tried to downsize her home, but was denied by the city. “We purchase that land. […] → Read More

Sports bars in Central Alabama ready for the madness following NCAA Tournament

It's arguably one of the best times of the year: the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, better known as "March Madness." And with the madness, many bars, restaurants, anywhere with a TV are ready for the foot traffic to follow. → Read More

Alabama experts share their thoughts on potential 4th Pfizer shot

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported over 5.8 million COVID shots have been administered in the state, which equates to a little more than half of the population. On Sunday, Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla believes it is now necessary for most of the population to get a 4th shot. → Read More

Road crews on stand-by as winter weather approaches Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – As odd as it sounds, crews with the Alabama Department of Transportation are gearing up for a wintry weather mix in parts of the state. John McWilliams with ALDOT says a lot of preparation before the winter months goes into it and he believes their crews are ready to respond to […] → Read More

Alabama’s average gas price highest it has ever been

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Gas prices continue to be a headache for everyone, including Alabamians. According to AAA, the average gas price in the state is $4.13 a gallon, which is now the highest state average ever. Compared to the rest of the country, however, the national average is $4.38 a gallon. Over the past […] → Read More

Alabama volunteer fire departments eligible for COVID-19 relief funds

Governor Kay Ivey approved the use of $10 million of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund from the American Rescue Plan Act to establish COVID-19 recovery grants for volunteer fire departments. → Read More