Alabama News

National Weather Service Chief Backs Forecasters who Contradicted Trump

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The head of the National Weather Service issued a strong public defense Monday of forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United States. Director Louis …

In an Old School Bus, Tornado Survivors Find Some Comfort

OPELIKA, Ala. — Witnessing survivors wear the same clothing days after the March 3 tornadoes, Kaitlyn Willing felt spiritually led to convert her mobile boutique business into the Tornado Relief Clothing Bus. “Although the storm did not personally affect our …

Alabama Man Files Suit Alleging Penis Mistakenly Amputated

An Alabama man who went to the hospital for a routine circumcision says doctors mistakenly amputated his penis. Johnny Lee Banks Jr. of Birmingham and his wife, Zelda Banks, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Jefferson County. They’re suing the hospital, …

Theft of Urinal Items Stumps Alabama Officials

Officials in Alabama say they’re investigating a series of thefts involving metal urinal components from restaurant bathrooms. Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Randy Christian told Al.com Wednesday that authorities have been told of a man walking into men’s rooms and stealing …

Alabama to Receive $1M in Disaster Aid

Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration say more than $1 million in disaster assistance loans have been approved for Alabama residents trying to recover from severe weather in late April and early May. SBA field operations director Frank Skaggs …

Alabama Urged to Create Dam Safety Program

A group urged Alabama to create an inspection program for the hundreds of dams across the state, most of which they say go unregulated. Association of State Dam Safety Officials project manager Mark Ogden said at a news conference Tuesday …

Alabama Town Sustains Damage Due to 110 MPH Winds

The National Weather Service says winds blowing as strong as 110 mph are responsible for storm damage in the southwestern Alabama town of Atmore. Two stores were badly damaged when a storm moved through Sunday morning. Falling trees damaged two …

Alabama Sees Dramatic Rise in 2014 Fire Fatalities

Alabama fire officials say the state has seen an alarming increase in fire deaths. Al.com reports that 19 people have died in fires across the state so far this year. In 2012, 71 people died in Alabama fires. Only six …

Alabama Family Awarded $400K in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of a 101-year-old man who died of pneumonia after being housed in a Montgomery nursing home has been awarded $400,000. AL.com reports that an arbitrator awarded the money to the estate of John A. Garrett on Jan. 10. …

Alabama Gets $30M More for Tornado Recovery

Alabama is getting more than $30 million in additional federal grants to help with the recovery from deadly tornadoes in April 2011, Gov. Robert Bentley announced Tuesday. Bentley said the recovery from the tornados that killed more than 250 people …