The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating a case of meningococcal disease, the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children between the ages of 2 and 18 in the United States.

In a news release yesterday, the department’s immunization division said the case was found at Scottsboro Junior High School in Jackson County. No other cases have been identified.

Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers says the department has already started contacting parents to make them aware of the exposure.

As many of us plan our elaborate Thanksgiving meals this week, it’s important to remember that there are also many of us who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

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A woman accusing Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of initiating sexual contact when she was 14 said on national televison today that she was "absolutely not" paid to tell her story publicly.

The declaration by Leigh Corfman on NBC's "Today" show comes after Moore's supporters claimed without evidence that reporters were offering thousands of dollars to women for accusations.

The state election is being closely watched as several GOP senators have called Moore to drop out, and President Donald Trump has remained mostly quiet on the issue.

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Populations of an endangered fish have been found in new areas of a creek in central Alabama, upstream of where a dam was removed four years ago in an effort to expand the fish's range.

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A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the "soul of the nation."

The remarks today by the Rev. William J. Barber come one day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in Alabama said Moore — dogged by recent allegations of inappropriate conduct toward teenage girls decades ago — is unfit to serve.

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that centers around eating, but a lot of the food we enjoy can pose health risks for our furry friends.  Protecting your pet from some of the common food hazards can help to keep you at home enjoying family, friends and football, and not making an emergency trip to the veterinarian!

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State health officials say Alabama’s infant mortality rate is on the rise.

The Alabama Department of Public health issued a news release yesterday saying last year’s rate of 9.1 infant deaths per thousand live births is the highest in the state since 2008. Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says “Our infant mortality rate is troubling and disheartening and trending in the wrong direction.”

The Alabama Republican Party says it stands with GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, breaking ranks with national Republicans who have called for him to step out of the race amid sexual misconduct allegations. 

Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said Thursday that the party's 21-member steering committee "supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee."

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An attorney for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is trying to discredit molestation allegations by a woman who says the Republican assaulted her when she was 16.  

Attorney Phillip L. Jauregui said during a news conference that they had hired a handwriting analyst to look into whether the signature in Beverly Young Nelson's yearbook is authentic.

The attorney also tried to poke other holes in her story.Jauregui represented Moore in cases involving the Ten Commandments monument and same-sex marriage. 

The University of West Alabama takes a big step forward toward opening its own charter school today, amid some concerns that the school may siphon state funding from existing schools in the area.

Pre-registration begins today for Sumter County students from Kindergarten to eighth grade who are interested in attending the new University Charter School.

Members of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission met with school officials in Livingston last month to sign the charter for the new facility, which will teach science, math, technology, and art.

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