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Birmingham, AL, United States

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Woodfin sounds alarm on ‘fentanyl contaminated cocaine’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Mayor Randall Woodfin is sounding the alarm about an uptick in the number of overdoses in Birmingham. In a post to Twitter, he said that ‘fentanyl contaminated cocaine’ in the community is to blame. Chief Deputy Coronor Bill Yates said fentanyl being mixed with other substances is not new. Health officials want you […] → Read More

Eutaw continues with annual Christmas parade after tornado

EUTAW, Ala. (WIAT) – The show must go on. After a tornado tore through Eutaw Tuesday night, city leaders decided to host the annual Christmas Parade. This year’s celebration lit the city up with hope. “When you lose everything, you got in the blink of an eye, your mind is not focused on joy,” Eutaw […] → Read More

UAB fans share excitement on new head football coach choice

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – There’s a new head football coach for the UAB Blazers, and he’s no stranger to the sport. Trent Dilfer played in the NFL for over a decade, won a Super Bowl and coached high school football in Nashville. “I was skeptical because I am a high school football coach and I’m not […] → Read More

Threat of severe weather moves Christmas celebrations indoors

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – The threat for inclement weather put a damper on holiday traditions that span across Birmingham. Several cities in Jefferson County were forced to move their traditional tree lighting ceremonies inside this year out of an abundance of caution due to the threat for severe weather Tuesday night. “We saw the inclement […] → Read More

Auburn fans excited for new leadership, season for football

AUBURN, Ala. (WIAT) – Fans on the plains say a change has been needed and say Hugh Freeze can ice out Nick Saban and Alabama next year in the Iron Bowl at Jordan Hare Stadium. This comes Monday after Auburn announced the new head coach. It’s a countdown that is complete for Toomer’s Corner. “It’s […] → Read More

Alex Drueke is thankful and keeping Ukraine’s story alive this Thanksgiving

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s now been two months since two Alabama veterans who were prisoners of war were released from Russian captivity and brought back home. On this day of Thanksgiving, Alex Drueke and his family say they are grateful for what they have, but they’re keeping the conflict in Ukraine on the top […] → Read More

Thanksgiving travelers trek through Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Whether by plane or by car, millions across the U.S. will be traveling on the roads within the next few days. Wednesday marked one of the busiest travel days of the year – with drivers hitting the roads to get to their holiday destinations. CBS 42 caught up with drivers fueling up […] → Read More

UAB patient receives a ‘million-dollar’ surprise following treatment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Members of the Million Dollar Band took a break from Iron Bowl prep Tuesday to surprise a superfan. Britney Thomas is from Huntsville but has been traveling to Birmingham to UAB Hospital for medical treatments. She survived two strokes, four years ago at the age of 14, which left her unable […] → Read More

BCRI celebrates 30 years in the community

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Friday, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute celebrated a milestone – 30 years of promoting a better understanding of civil rights while keeping the history of Birmingham alive. “This is a moment that we’ve all been waiting on to be able to celebrate with our friends and family and talk about […] → Read More

Triple header brings triple the traffic to Hoover Friday

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — If you are driving in or through Hoover Friday night, you can expect your trip to be much longer than usual. Market Noel, the Christmas tree lighting at the Riverchase Galleria and Hoover Bucs versus Thompson Warriors playoff football game will all be happening on the night of the 17th this […] → Read More

Jefferson County leaders meet with fire departments to discuss best 911 call practices

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — Jefferson County officials are working with area fire departments to get help to those who need it fastest, bridging the gap in ambulance response times. County leaders met with area fire districts, cities and volunteer departments Tuesday at Vestavia Hills City Hall, continuing to collect feedback about EMS response times. […] → Read More

Homewood city council votes to annex property near high school for expansion

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — Homewood High School is planning to expand its school grounds after Homewood City Council voted unanimously to annex more land for the school Monday night. Curtis Eatman, a representative from LYBD Engineers, told the council that a triangular piece of property near Homewood High School and the Samford Track and Soccer […] → Read More

One year since child paralyzed in Kingston shooting, family’s message on gun violence

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This week marks one year since a nine-year-old girl was shot outside her Kingston home – a shooting that she survived. Ja’liyah Baker and her mother Latrice are sharing their story, hopeful it will change someone’s mind before picking up a weapon to handle a situation. The Bakers are so focused […] → Read More

ADPH: At least three deaths in Alabama from influenza

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama health officials are sounding the alarm on rising flu cases. The Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting at least three deaths this year from the flu, and one of those was a child. Now, local health experts want to make sure Alabamians are most protected against the virus, especially before […] → Read More

Birmingham Water Works Board holds public hearing to consider 3.9% rate increase in 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – At the beginning of 2023, your water bill could be going up as the Birmingham Water Works Board is considering a 3.9% rate increase. The board held a meeting Wednesday night to explain how that number is determined and get feedback from the community. This reflects the same rate hike that went […] → Read More

Jefferson County School Board will be elected by district, not at-large Tuesday

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — On Tuesday, for the first time, Jefferson County School Board members will be elected by district, not at-large. It will start with districts three and five this time. “The goal was to make the voting area more equitable,” District 3 Incumbent Donna Pike said. This is a value that is […] → Read More

Cordova woman’s artistic passions rekindled through greeting cards after accident

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Cordova woman has been able to rekindle her passion in a new way – leaving her mark at this year’s Christmas Village. Janey Carter got in a car accident in 2017 that almost took her life. It left her paralyzed below the neck, stealing her dreams to play volleyball but […] → Read More

Mothers Of Murdered Sons: A conversation with community leaders to fix issues of gun violence

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — We’ve heard the stories of sons who have died and their mothers whose lives have changed. CBS 42 gave those mothers the opportunity to share their stories with law enforcement, judges, lawmakers and other community leaders Thursday as the ripple effects of gun violence continue to impact our communities. Counselor Michelle […] → Read More

Alabama Power customers will see average $10 rate increase starting in December

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Starting next month, Alabama Power customers will see an average $10 increase on their monthly bills. This comes as gas prices are up nearly two dollars more than they were in 2020. The power company said it is looking to break even to fill a roughly $506 million void it said […] → Read More

Jefferson County Sheriff’s race candidates stumping the vote, one week until midterm election

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — We are now one week away from midterm elections and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s race is heating up. Incumbent Sheriff Mark Pettway made history four years ago becoming the county’s first Black sheriff. Now, he’s looking to hold on to his seat against challenger Jared Hudson. Both have experience in law […] → Read More