Newscast
5:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Byrne On Education, Ebola, And Infant Mortality Rate Declines

5pm Newscast

Wednesday August 20, 2014

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Infant Mortality
4:01 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Alabama's Infant Mortality Rate Declines

State Health Officer Don Williamson says Alabama's medical community has worked to decrease elective early deliveries, which has produced better outcomes.
Credit blog.al.com

Alabama's infant mortality rate declined in 2013 and the infant mortality rate for black infants fell to its lowest level ever.

The state Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the 2013 rate for all infants was 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. That was down from 8.9 recorded in 2012.

The department says the infant mortality rate among black babies was 12.6, which was the lowest since the state began keeping records in 1950. The rate among white infants rose from 6.6 in 2012 to 6.9 in 2013.

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Military Equipment-Suspension
3:51 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Alabama Suspended From Military Equipment Program

ADECA spokesman Larry Childers says the department is working to try to get the program reinstated.
Credit http://www.adeca.alabama.gov / Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

A program that supplies surplus military equipment to Alabama law enforcement agencies has been on hold since March.

The federal program has come under scrutiny since police in Ferguson, Missouri, used surplus military equipment in clashes with protesters. The program has provided weapons, aircraft, armored vehicles and body armor to Alabama law enforcement.

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Abortion Clinic-Relocation
3:33 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

City Allows Abortion Clinic To Relocate

The Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives is the state's only abortion clinic north of Birmingham.
Credit Alabama Women's Center

An abortion clinic in Huntsville has won permission to relocate so it can comply with new state restrictions.

WAAY-TV reports the city zoning board approved the relocation of the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives during a meeting Tuesday night. It's the state's only abortion clinic north of Birmingham.

Abortion opponents tried to block the move but lost. They now plan to file a lawsuit.

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Newscast
7:14 am
Wed August 20, 2014

UAB researcher on Ebola, Bradley Byrne on education

7am Newscast

Wednesday August 20, 2014

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Books
6:58 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Book Tells Story of Tuscaloosa Tornado

Credit amazon.com

A new book tells the story of the tornado that pummeled Tuscaloosa during the outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Sports Illustrated writer Lars Anderson of Birmingham has written "The Storm and the Tide: Tragedy, Hope and Triumph in Tuscaloosa."

The 240-page book was released Tuesday. It tells the story of the twister that killed more than 50 people in Tuscaloosa and how the University of Alabama football team tried to help the community heal.

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Science & Health
6:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Lab Being Built at Dauphin Island

Credit tripadvisor.com

The state marine laboratory at Dauphin Island is expanding.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has started work on a new research center for the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Network director Ruth Carmichael says Alabama has historically had a lack of resources to deal with stranded marine animals including whales, dolphins and manatees.

She says the new lab will help researchers answer questions about what causes strandings and deaths of marine mammals on the Alabama coast.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Wed August 20, 2014

North Carolina Protests Spreading to Alabama

Protesters head for the Legislative building from the Halifax Mall as the 11th Moral Monday takes place in Raleigh, N.C. Monday July 15, 2013. More than 100 demonstrators were arrested.
Credit Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer of Raleigh

Organizers of regular protests at the North Carolina Legislature are being joined by NAACP leaders in a half-dozen other states to launch a week of demonstrations.

The North Carolina NAACP says that Friday will be the first of seven days of demonstrations. In North Carolina, a coalition led by the NAACP has protested at the Capitol nearly every week during the past two legislative sessions.

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Newscast
5:15 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Unemployment Bucks Trend And Hot Tickets

5pm Newscast

Tuesday August 19, 2014

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Helicopter Crash
4:44 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

2 Dead In Alabama Helicopter Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board along with the FAA will determine the probable cause of Tuesday's helicopter crash.
Credit NTSB

Two people have died in a helicopter crash in western Alabama.

WBMA-TV reports the two died when the aircraft went down about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Tuesday morning. Alabama Power spokeswoman Anna Catherine Roberson says the helicopter was owned by Hiram, Georgia-based contractor Rotorworks, LLC and an Alabama Power employee was on board at the time.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the accident involves a McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter. Two people were on board.

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