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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.