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Birmingham, AL, United States

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Recent articles by Jessalyn:

Moody High School seniors unhappy with graduation plans set by St. Clair County school system

MOODY, Ala. (WIAT) — Moody High School seniors say they’re upset and angry after receiving updated graduation plans from St. Clair County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard. On Wednesday, seniors and parents were informed private graduation ceremonies would take place the week of May 18. The plans say students will come in one at a time […] → Read More

Texas eases underground oil storage rules, raising concerns

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas regulators are relaxing rules about where companies can store oil underground, raising concern among environmentalists about potential groundwater contamination and other dangers. The members of the Railroad Commission of Texas voted Tuesday to allow companies to store oil underground in places other than salt caverns, which are considered better at […] → Read More

Q&A: Why some planes are crowded even with air travel down

Every once in a while, social media lights up with photos or video from flights that are nearly full, with passengers clearly violating advice from public health officials about social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. That raises the question: How can planes still be full when air travel is down more than 90% from a […] → Read More

Disney profit sinks amid shuttered parks, movies and sports

NEW YORK (AP) — The House of Mouse is struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. Disney reported a steep decline in profit as many segments of its media and entertainment offerings ground to a standstill. Its second quarter profit dropped 91% to $475 million, down from $5.4 billion a year earlier. Overall, the company said costs […] → Read More

Where’s the beef? Production shutdown leads to shortages

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have moved beyond meat processing plants and are now hitting dinner plates. Several U.S. production plants have been temporarily shuttered in the last two weeks after hundreds of workers were sickened by the virus. That has led to meat shortages, with Wendy’s pulling some burgers off its menus and […] → Read More

Alabama travel nurse returns home from New York COVID-19 assignment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alexis Blackmon spent the last 21 days on the front lines of the coronavirus emergency in New York. The 2016 UAB alumna took on a the travel nurse assignment and left out in two days notice. Blackmon worked 12 hour shifts every day for three weeks. She says she experienced many […] → Read More

Food banks experience shortages during COVID-19 pandemic

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT)– Food banks across America are reporting food shortages as more people are seeking assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s a pretty significant increase right now we’re seeing a lot of folks facing job loss and that’s really contributing to their food insecurity,” Elizabeth Wix with the Central Alabama Food Bank says. […] → Read More

Schools, communites preparing for online learning due to COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Schools across Alabama are preparing to switch to online learning for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. While several schools have been offering a few classes with online instruction, the switch to all students distance learning is unprecedented. The move is also presenting an obstacle as many students do not have access to […] → Read More

Alabama travel nurse working in New York

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A travel nurse from Alabama is in New York to work 12 hour shifts, 21 days straight. Alexis Blackmon says she spoke with her travel nurse company and learned about the crisis due to the influx of COVID-19 patients. She decided to go to help in any way she can “If […] → Read More

Family throws Northridge High School senior ‘Quarantine and Prom’ party

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Seniors across the country have had their final year in high school cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Northridge High School senior, Haeli Randle, that means no prom and no graduation. “Senior prom and graduation is something you look forward to as soon as you get into high school, […] → Read More

COVID-19 safeguards put in place to protect deputies, inmates in Walker County

WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is putting safeguards in place to protect deputies and inmates at the jail from the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, two Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) tents were put up to house healthy inmates should the need arise. “We’ve had a lot of concern, but we’ve […] → Read More

Healthcare worker warns others to take COVID-19 seriously after she contracts virus

ADAMSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT)– An Adamsville woman is now warning others to take COVID-19 seriously after contracting the virus. In a Facebook post, LaShun Tanniehill shared her symptoms before getting back a positive test. Tanniehill says, initially, she believed people were over-reacting to the pandemic. “I just thought it was being blown out of proportion,” she […] → Read More

City of Nashville holds vigil for victims in wake of tornado outbreak

A vigil was held on Tuesday night at Public Square Park after the devastating storms that swept across Nashville and Middle Tennessee to pray for the city and victims of the storm. → Read More

Flooding impact on Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Recent flooding across the state could impact the 2020 Bassmaster Classic Tournament at Lake Guntersville over the weekend. February 22, two teens and a 43-year-old man went through the Pickwick Dam on the Tennessee River during a high school fishing tournament. Rushing waters from recent flooding are believed to have played a […] → Read More

Family grows concerned as Hueytown mother of three still missing

MIDFIELD, Ala. (WIAT)– A Midfield mother of three has been missing for nearly two weeks. Cathy Smitherman said she last saw her daughter, Tiffany Smitherman Osborne, at her home in Hueytown on Feb. 17. She said Osborne later texted her that night before going over to her boyfriend’s Midfield home. The last contact Smitherman had […] → Read More

The Freedom Bridge honoring veterans unveiled in Blount County

ONEONTA, Ala. (WIAT)– A newly upgraded bridge honoring Blount County’s veterans opened Monday afternoon. The Freedom Bridge pays tribute past and present service members. Unique plaques sit at each corner, recognizing United States conflicts. According to the Patriot Guard Riders, Blount County has an extensive military history. While the bridge pays homage to all vets, […] → Read More

Woman says medical marijuana helps with her anxiety, panic disorder

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama lawmakers are currently debating a medical marijuana bill in the Senate. Senate Bill 165, also called “The Compassion Act”, lays out everything from how the product would be dispensed, who would be able to obtain a prescription and what type of products could be used. A few of the qualifying […] → Read More

UAB addresses coronavirus concerns during international public health emergency

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of coronavirus an “international public health emergency” Thursday afternoon. Around the same time frame, the first case of human-to-human transfer of the virus in the United States was confirmed in Chicago. Medical professionals at UAB held a discussion to address concerns around the virus […] → Read More

Human trafficking signs placed inside Birmingham airport to help victims

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– “Someone might need help who…” reads signs in every single stall inside the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport. The Junior League of Birmingham teamed up with the Birmingham Airport Authority to bring the human trafficking awareness signage in an effort to prevent human trafficking and help victims. The Department of Homeland Security says the key […] → Read More

Birmingham City Council honors injured police officer John Finke during meeting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Tuesday, members of the Birmingham City Council adorned blue ribbons during its regular meeting in honor of Birmingham police Detective John Finke. During the meeting, councilors thanked Finke for his dedication to the community and Birmingham’s safety, as well as wishing him a speedy recovery. Finke was shot Sunday morning […] → Read More