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Labor Day Moon Pie eating contest

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Dozens of folks got their ''fill'' of a popular Alabama treat this Labor Day.Tannehill State Park hosted the largest Moon Pie eating contest. All total there were 65 people who signed up. The winner receives a cash prize of $100. But this is about more than money. Park administrator, Stacey Green says, "I thought at times it was about the cash prizes, because the adults will win $100. But we've had so many repeat competitors, that I really think they're more in it for bragging rights. I re...

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Job growth under microscope this Labor Day

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Keeping a roof overhead and putting food on the table. That's still difficult for many Alabamians on this 130th Labor Day. A just released report by Arise Citizens Policy Project warns Alabamians will continue to feel the effects of the great recession for years to come. Arise is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition that believes low-income people are suffering because of state policy decisions. Bottom line is that Alabama's unemployment rate stands at seven percent. Yet, the stat...

1 cent sales tax increase for Hoover City Schools?

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In recent months, possible re-zoning and a proposed cost-sharing model for school buses have been controversial issues tied to funding for Hoover City Schools. But longtime Hoover resident and retired

Fire danger rises for Labor Day weekend Video included

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Our recent dry weather has created the perfect conditions for fire danger. 

Talladega parents allege school employee wrote racist Facebook posts Video included

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Several parents and community members in Talladega are upset Friday over allegations of racial comments made from a school employee's Facebook page.

Hackleburg High School preps for first home game in three years

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Tonight is a homecoming three years in the making for Hackleburg High School. The team takes the field tonight in their new stadium, finally completed after an E-F five tornado destroyed it on April 27, 2011.It is sure to be a packed house at Ray Stadium as the Hackleburg panthers take on Marion County, tonight at 7:00 p.m. This is going to be an emotional night, not only for the school, but for the community as well. "This is going to be an emotional game, an emotional crowd. This field ho...

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  • Get a deal from state's surplus auction

    Get a deal from state's surplus auction

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:42:35 GMT
    Do you consider yourself a bargain shopper? Even if you aren't typically searching for great deals, now may be the time to get one through the Alabama surplus property auction. You can look now at some of the options for sale, like vehicles, computers, office furniture and supplies or even ping-pong tables. The auction begins Wednesday morning at 8:00. The Surplus Property Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is hosting the auction at its warehouse at 4590 Mobi...
    Do you consider yourself a bargain shopper? Even if you aren't typically searching for great deals, now may be the time to get one through the Alabama surplus property auction. You can look now at some of the options for sale, like vehicles, computers, office furniture and supplies or even ping-pong tables. The auction begins Wednesday morning at 8:00. The Surplus Property Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is hosting the auction at its warehouse at 4590 Mobi...
  • Fridays To Go August 29 - September 1

    Fridays To Go August 29 - September 1

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:31:09 GMT
    Area events for Labor Day Weekend
    Area events for Labor Day Weekend
  • Bentley and Griffith agree on problems, disagree on solutions

    Bentley and Griffith agree on problems, disagree on solutions

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:53:05 GMT
    November elections are a few months away, but gubernatorial candidates are already honing in on key issues in Alabama. Sarah Snyder sat down with governor Robert Bentley and democratic challenger, Parker Griffith.  
    November elections are a few months away, but gubernatorial candidates are already honing in on key issues in Alabama. Sarah Snyder sat down with governor Robert Bentley and democratic challenger, Parker Griffith.  
  • Drought spreading across Alabama; relief could be on the way

    Drought spreading across Alabama; relief could be on the way

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:09:57 GMT
    Drought is quickly spreading across Alabama. Statistics released Thursday show about two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry, and about 10 percent of the state is in a moderate drought.
    Drought is quickly spreading across Alabama. Statistics released Thursday show about two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry, and about 10 percent of the state is in a moderate drought.
  • Ms. Crispi: Utah woman accused of using bacon to start fire at ex-boyfriend's house

    Ms. Crispi: Utah woman accused of using bacon to start fire at ex-boyfriend's house

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:03:45 GMT
    A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges.
    A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges.
  • Brangelina: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie married in private ceremony in France

    Brangelina: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie married in private ceremony in France

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:38:07 GMT
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says.
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says.
  • Fans ready for start of football season

    Fans ready for start of football season

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-08-28 11:45:46 GMT
    For some people, tonight is just as exciting as Christmas Eve! Thursday kicks off the college football season. Many fans have been counting down the days.
    For some people, tonight is just as exciting as Christmas Eve! Thursday kicks off the college football season. Many fans have been counting down the days.
  • Veterans traveling long distances for care after state budget cuts

    Veterans traveling long distances for care after state budget cuts

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:31:24 GMT
    Budget cuts are causing a new health care crisis for Alabama veterans.  
    Budget cuts are causing a new health care crisis for Alabama veterans.  
  • Alabama leads nation in Advanced Placement gains

    Alabama leads nation in Advanced Placement gains

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:18:05 GMT
    Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits. Governor Robert Bentley and State School Superintendent Tommy Bice announced the results of a study in Montgomery. Over the last six years Alabama students have an increase of 136 percent in the number of Advanced Placement exams passed in mathematics, science and English. The national increase over the same period time was 49 percent. The number of qualifying sc...
    Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits. Governor Robert Bentley and State School Superintendent Tommy Bice announced the results of a study in Montgomery. Over the last six years Alabama students have an increase of 136 percent in the number of Advanced Placement exams passed in mathematics, science and English. The national increase over the same period time was 49 percent. The number of qualifying sc...
  • Alabama Forestry Commission: Wildfire in Adger contained, 264 acres burned

    Alabama Forestry Commission: Wildfire in Adger contained, 264 acres burned

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:34:05 GMT
    A nearly two-day-old wildfire in west Jefferson County has been contained, but not before it scorched 264 acres of land, a spokesperson with the Alabama Forestry Commission tells ABC 33/40.
    A nearly two-day-old wildfire in west Jefferson County has been contained, but not before it scorched 264 acres of land, a spokesperson with the Alabama Forestry Commission tells ABC 33/40.
  • Chilton County pastor files lawsuit over state law that shut down church camp for sex offenders

    Chilton County pastor files lawsuit over state law that shut down church camp for sex offenders

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:11:05 GMT
    An Alabama pastor has filed suit claiming a state law that forced him to shut down a church camp for sex offenders violates his constitutional rights.
    An Alabama pastor has filed suit claiming a state law that forced him to shut down a church camp for sex offenders violates his constitutional rights.
  • Friday Night Blitz: Coverage lineup for Week 2

    Friday Night Blitz: Coverage lineup for Week 2

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:20:51 GMT
    Check out the Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 2 of the Alabama high school football season, including the Game of the Week...
    Check out the Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 2 of the Alabama high school football season, including the Game of the Week...
  • Dogs get the blues when kids go back to school

    Dogs get the blues when kids go back to school

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:23:29 GMT
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can feel abandoned, sad and unable to cope — and they look for ways to lash out.[SLIDESHOW: ABC 33/40 Pet Page] Nearly 20 percent of the n...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can feel abandoned, sad and unable to cope — and they look for ways to lash out.[SLIDESHOW: ABC 33/40 Pet Page] Nearly 20 percent of the n...
  • Tampa Police say 911 botched call over child locked in car

    Tampa Police say 911 botched call over child locked in car

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:23:54 GMT
    A 911 dispatcher is in trouble over his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car, police said.
    A 911 dispatcher is in trouble over his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car, police said.
  • Time Warner Cable has widespread outages

    Time Warner Cable has widespread outages

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:48:05 GMT
    Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours on Wednesday morning.
    Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours on Wednesday morning.
  • Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police

    Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:38:26 GMT
    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.
    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.
  • Brantley Elementary School teacher to return to work after suspension over shooting reenactments

    Brantley Elementary School teacher to return to work after suspension over shooting reenactments

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:37:30 GMT
    A Dallas County elementary school teacher who was suspended for allegedly allowing her students to reenact the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown will soon return to the classroom, according to superintendent Don Willingham.
    A Dallas County elementary school teacher who was suspended for allegedly allowing her students to reenact the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown will soon return to the classroom, according to superintendent Don Willingham.
  • Firefighters hope to have wildfire in Adger contained by Tuesday night

    Firefighters hope to have wildfire in Adger contained by Tuesday night

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:39:21 GMT
    The Alabama Forestry Commission says it hopes to have the wildfire in Adger contained by Tuesday night, ABC 33/40's Sarah Snyder reports.
    The Alabama Forestry Commission says it hopes to have the wildfire in Adger contained by Tuesday night, ABC 33/40's Sarah Snyder reports.
  • Montgomery police: Thieves steal copper from Rosa Parks' former apartment

    Montgomery police: Thieves steal copper from Rosa Parks' former apartment

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:10:51 GMT
    Police say thieves have struck the apartment complex where Rosa Parks lived when she made history by refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus.
    Police say thieves have struck the apartment complex where Rosa Parks lived when she made history by refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus.
  • 4 college students killed in Ohio plane crash

    4 college students killed in Ohio plane crash

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-26 19:28:45 GMT
    A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday in suburban Cleveland, killing all four college students aboard on the first day of classes.
    A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday in suburban Cleveland, killing all four college students aboard on the first day of classes.
  • Jury chosen in buttocks injection death trial

    Jury chosen in buttocks injection death trial

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:34:58 GMT
    Opening arguments are scheduled Tuesday in the trial of a woman charged giving unlicensed buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed two women.
    Opening arguments are scheduled Tuesday in the trial of a woman charged giving unlicensed buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed two women.
  • SHOW BITS: A last hurrah for 'Breaking Bad'

    SHOW BITS: A last hurrah for 'Breaking Bad'

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:30 AM EDT2014-08-26 08:30:25 GMT
    Show Bits brings you the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.
    Show Bits brings you the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.
  • Death row inmate commits suicide

    Death row inmate commits suicide

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:28:48 GMT
    Department of Corrections officials say a death row inmate has died at a prison in south Alabama.Corrections spokeswoman Kristi Gates says 27-year-old Justin Hosch was pronounced dead in his cell Monday at the Holman Correctional Facility. Gates says the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences is performing Hosch's autopsy and the man died of an apparent suicide.Hosch was sentence to death out of Autauga County on an October 2010 capital murder conviction.
    Department of Corrections officials say a death row inmate has died at a prison in south Alabama.Corrections spokeswoman Kristi Gates says 27-year-old Justin Hosch was pronounced dead in his cell Monday at the Holman Correctional Facility. Gates says the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences is performing Hosch's autopsy and the man died of an apparent suicide.Hosch was sentence to death out of Autauga County on an October 2010 capital murder conviction.
  • Griffith challenges Gov Bentley to series of debates

    Griffith challenges Gov Bentley to series of debates

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:41:19 GMT
    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Parker Griffith is challenging Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to a series of seven debates before the November election. Griffith says he believes voters want to see the two face off in a debate and explain their visions for Alabama.
    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Parker Griffith is challenging Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to a series of seven debates before the November election. Griffith says he believes voters want to see the two face off in a debate and explain their visions for Alabama.
  • Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

    Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:27 AM EDT2014-08-25 12:27:19 GMT
    Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit.
    Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit.
  • Texas police chief shot, killed while attempting to arrest man on warrant

    Texas police chief shot, killed while attempting to arrest man on warrant

    Sunday, August 24 2014 1:03 AM EDT2014-08-24 05:03:50 GMT
    The police chief of a small Texas town was killed Saturday while attempting to arrest a man on a warrant, authorities said.
    The police chief of a small Texas town was killed Saturday while attempting to arrest a man on a warrant, authorities said.
  • Protesters, police march peacefully in Ferguson

    Protesters, police march peacefully in Ferguson

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:56 AM EDT2014-08-24 04:56:42 GMT
    Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed...
    A diverse group of protesters, many of them children, marched peacefully Saturday as calm prevailed for a fourth straight day in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot by a white police officer,...
  • Cedar Bluff teenager charged with capital murder in missing persons case

    Cedar Bluff teenager charged with capital murder in missing persons case

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-08-24 04:33:32 GMT
    Riley J. Henderson (Photo: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)Riley J. Henderson (Photo: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)
    Cherokee County investigators arrested a Cedar Bluff teenager in connection to the death of a DeKalb County woman .Officers arrested 17-year-old Riley J. Henderson for the capital murder of Sarah Jane Ortiz. Friends and family reported the 20-year-old Valley Head woman missing on July 16 after she failed to return home on July 14. A fisherman found Ortiz's body in Weiss Lake in Leesburg on July 18.
    Cherokee County investigators arrested a Cedar Bluff teenager in connection to the death of a DeKalb County woman .Officers arrested 17-year-old Riley J. Henderson for the capital murder of Sarah Jane Ortiz. Friends and family reported the 20-year-old Valley Head woman missing on July 16 after she failed to return home on July 14. A fisherman found Ortiz's body in Weiss Lake in Leesburg on July 18.
  • Drones in Alabama: Gov. Bentley creates task force to examine potential uses, establish guidelines

    Drones in Alabama: Gov. Bentley creates task force to examine potential uses, establish guidelines

    Saturday, August 23 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-08-24 02:54:45 GMT
    Gov. Robert Bentley has created a task force to look at the potential uses of drones in agriculture, conservation and law enforcement. man of the task force.
    Gov. Robert Bentley has created a task force to look at the potential uses of drones in agriculture, conservation and law enforcement. man of the task force.
  • Man accused of killing hospital roommate declared not guilty due to mental disease

    Man accused of killing hospital roommate declared not guilty due to mental disease

    Saturday, August 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-23 20:18:15 GMT
    A Calhoun County judge has decided 24 year old Devonte Raynard Arnold is not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. He has been turned over to the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He was charged with killing his hospital roommate, Ian Keith Merritt, in Anniston Regional Medical Center in 2013. 
    A Calhoun County judge has decided 24 year old Devonte Raynard Arnold is not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. He has been turned over to the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He was charged with killing his hospital roommate, Ian Keith Merritt, in Anniston Regional Medical Center in 2013. 
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