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Birmingham, AL, United States

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Past articles by Jessalyn:

Alabama Attorney General’s Office investigating Blount County cold case

BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT)– Investigators with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office are reviewing a Blount County cold case. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office has spent nearly three years investigating 18-year-old Christian Boyle’s death. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey reached out to the AG’s Office about the case in July. They accepted the case. An […] → Read More

Nurse treating COVID-19 patients while battling brain cancer

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala (WIAT) — Erin Dean has worked as a nurse for 16 years while raising three children and recently returning to school full-time to pursue becoming a nurse practitioner. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s been on the front lines treating patients without missing a beat. Her coworkers and her friends, Amber D’Olimpio and […] → Read More

Amazon hiring 100,000 new employees, hundreds of openings expected in Bessemer

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT)– Amazon announced Monday that the company would be hiring for 100,000 new jobs nationwide. The Vice President of Workforce Development Ardine Williams says hundreds of jobs are expected at the new fulfillment center in Bessemer. The jobs start at $15/hour with benefits for full-time employees. To help fill the jobs, Amazon hosted […] → Read More

Talladega Supersweedway to allow fans at YellaWood 500 race in October

TALLADEGA, Ala. (WIAT) — Talladega Superspeedway says it will be allowing fans to attend the YellaWood 500 race later this year. The announcement was made on Twitter. Seating and camping capacities will be reduced and some areas will still be off-limits for spectators. Fans were allowed inside the racetrack in June but had to abide […] → Read More

‘Prayers for Chloe’: Hoover teen’s family praying for a miracle as she battles COVID-19

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT)– UPDATE (8/19): In a heartbreaking update Wednesday evening, Chloe’s mother, Stacy, says they are saying their final goodbyes. UAB is removing the ventilator and the family is asking for continued prayers. — ORIGINAL (8/19): Chloe Rollins is loved by many, because as her former Hoover High School teachers say, Chloe genuinely loved […] → Read More

Shelby County parents reflect on first day of school during pandemic

HELENA, Ala. (WIAT)– Thursday was the first day of in-person learning for Shelby County students with last names beginning with A-J. Many parents say they have been weighing their options between virtual only schooling or sending their student back to the classroom. Additional safety protocols are in place to protect students and teachers from contracting […] → Read More

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