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Site calculates how long toilet paper will last

A new website has been designed to help with the toilet paper crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Emergency blood drive underway in Birmingham as donations dip during COVID-19 crisis

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — As churches, schools and businesses shutter their doors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, donations to local blood banks have declined. The national and local blood supply has fallen short and the University of Alabama at Birmingham has partnered with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and the American Red Cross for a […] → Read More

Birmingham first responders expect increase in 911 calls for COVID-19 cases, lay out plan

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — City councilors recently announced a plan to provide more than $500,000 to purchase personal protection equipment for police, fire and rescue and public works staff in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Battallion Chief Sebastian Carillo told CBS 42 the fire chief and executive staff meet multiple times, daily to plan and […] → Read More

Tuscaloosa Co. Violent Crime Unit identifies, captures homicide suspect

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A 55-year-old man has been apprehended in connection to a homicide investigation that began Saturday. According to a Sunday morning news release, members of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office were called to a boat landing around 5:30 p.m. Saturday after boaters found a dead man who had been shot several times. […] → Read More

How is the COVID-19 scare affecting travel plans for people in central Alabama?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Spring Break is on the horizon for many families, but the coronavirus has forced many people to either cancel their travel plans or significantly change them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued travel advisories for multiple countries including China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Iran […] → Read More

Gadsden woman launches clothing line to inspire other women to join aviation industry

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — An Etowah County woman is determined to make her mark in the aviation industry and pave the way for other women to be successful. Samantha Davis is training to become a pilot and currently has around 25 flight hours under her belt. Her mother’s career at NASA first inspired her to […] → Read More

Pelham company targets Coronavirus with new cleaning service

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — DryTech Water Restoration recently started offering the TOMI SteraMist Environmental System to combat dangerous germs that cause illnesses like the Coronavirus. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have both approved the SteraMist system which uses a mixture of de-ionized water and hydrogen peroxide to target germs. […] → Read More

Birmingham firefighters battle blaze at Ensley auto shop

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Firefighters spent several hours working to control a fire at a two-story commercial building on Avenue E Sunday morning. Firefighters were called to the building located at 2018 Avenue E in Ensley around 12:39 a.m., according to Battallion Sebastian Chief Carillo with Birmingham Fire and Rescue. When the firefighers arrived, they […] → Read More

CBD bakery coming soon to Moody

MOODY, Ala. (WIAT) — A one-of-a-kind bakery will open soon, focusing on fresh CBD-infused products. Patrick LaBerte owns Hemp 205 on Moody Parkway, which is already open for business. The bakery, Green Bliss, will be located inside of the same building and, according to LaBerte, it will be the only bakery of its kind in […] → Read More

Pelham woman opens pet pantry to help animals facing food insecurity

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After cleaning out her garage in December, Sheila Montgomery decided to store and distribute pet food donations for people in need. Montgomery told CBS 42 that many owners are forced to surrender their pets due to food insecurity and she wants to do her part to decrease the number of animals […] → Read More

Now that the I-59/20 bridge is open, other projects can begin

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The bridge replacement project on I-59/20 took approximately one year and $750 million to complete. However, there is still much work to be done before the area transforms into the true vision of state and local leaders. “We’re going to do some-resurfacing in the interchange on [I-65] and [I-459] to make […] → Read More

New I-59/20 bridge opening Friday night in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The year-long construction project on I-59/20 through Birmingham is near completion. A dedication ceremony was held Friday and it is an invite-only event with Governor Kay Ivey in attendance. The west bound lanes will open at 9 p.m. Friday. Birmingham City Councilman Darrell O’Quinn was also in attendance attend. He serves […] → Read More

Funeral arrangements announced for Homewood fire chief

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Funeral services have been announced for John Bresnan. Bresnan passed away unexpectedly on Friday while on duty as Homewood fire chief. He was 58 years old. Visitation will be on Tuesday in Rosewood Hall at Homewood City Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will take place Wednesday at […] → Read More

‘I’ll get to meet my son:’ Homewood man narrowly escapes falling tree branch during storm

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — An expectant father quickly went viral on Twitter Saturday after posting a video clip where he was almost hit by a large tree branch during a severe storm. During a FaceTime interview with CBS 42’s Ariana Garza, Daniel Cambron said he had gone to his tool shed in his backyard in […] → Read More

Senior Grocery Initiative feeds the hungry and brings generations together

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Several organizations and volunteers team up each month to deliver groceries to local senior citizens in need. Volunteers meet at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School to gather the groceries for the Senior Grocery Initiative program; however, the program is open to people of all faiths thanks to a partnership between Care […] → Read More

Hoover woman knits dolls to help first responders comfort children

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — An elderly woman donates her time knitting comfort dolls for local children in crisis. Roberta Warne told CBS 42 she first began knitting at age five when she was living in Southampton, England. Her first big project was knitting scarves with her mother for Russian soldiers fighting against Germany during World […] → Read More

Beef and hay farmers fear profit loss due to drought in Shelby County

MONTEVALLO, Ala. (WIAT) — It has been 25 days since a substantial amount of rain fell in Shelby County and livestock and crop farmers are feeling the impact. Clifton Garrett, president of the Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association, owns a beef and hay farm with approximately 500 acres and said he sees “death” when he looks […] → Read More

Birmingham artist immortalizes jazz and blues musicians through needlepoint portraits

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Fiber art portraits of legendary jazz musicians adorn the walls and furniture of Leanna Lesley’s home in East Birmingham. Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Erskine Hawkins are just a few of the musicians featured in her artwork. Their stories are told stitch by stitch through needlepoint. “It sort of allows […] → Read More

Brenda’s Brown Bosom Buddies inspires others in the fight against breast cancer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A local woman is leading the charge in the fight against breast cancer. The woman who started this non-profit is so fiercely passionate about helping people that tears fell from her eyes down onto her shirt as she talked with CBS 42 Reporter Ariana Garza. She hopes the community will come […] → Read More

Quinton child killed in crash near Jasper

A 12-year-old died following a car crash on AL 269 Saturday night. . For the latest stories in breaking news, videos, and the latest top stories in world news, business, politics, health and pop culture. → Read More