Fourth of July

9:39 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Alabama Receives Unemployment Grant, Fourth of July Travel Precautions

Bald eagle with Auburn's Southeastern Raptor Center
Credit Southeastern Raptor Center / Facebook

Alabama plans to use a $1.2 million federal grant to expand a program aimed at getting the state’s unemployed back to work.

The Alabama Department of Labor announced the grant in a statement yesterday. Agency officials say money from the U.S. Department of Labor will expand a program that provides one-on-one counseling services to people receiving unemployment benefits.

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4:39 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Ward releases statement on DUI arrest, Nike Factory Store opens in Tuscaloosa

The chairman of the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee says he's seeking professional help after his arrest on a DUI charge.

Alabaster Republican Senator Cam Ward released a written statement this morning following his release from the Shelby County jail.  Ward says his failure at dealing with stress resulted in what he calls "incredibly reckless decisions."

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8:45 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Freedom for Pets

Patriotic Dog
Credit Randy Son of Robert (Randy Robertson)

What does freedom mean for our pets?  Even for humans, freedom does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want.  For the animals that share our lives, we can give them freedom to enjoy their lives in safety and comfort, as our best friends and loyal companions.  And that's something worth celebrating!


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Arts & Life
7:38 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Alabama Cities Prepare Fourth of July Events

More than two dozen July 4th celebrations and fireworks are planned across Alabama.

More than 25 Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks shows are planned across Alabama.

   The Alabama Tourism Department says the events include the Spirit of America at Point Mallard in Decatur, the Thunder on the Mountain fireworks show at Vulcan in Birmingham, and Independence Day 1776 at the American Village in Montevallo.

   Fireworks shows will stretch from Gulf Shores on the coast to Athens in the Tennessee Valley and from Demopolis in west Alabama to Auburn in east Alabama.

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Holiday Traffic Accidents
5:14 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Troopers: 9 died on roads during holiday period

Alabama State Troopers say they investigated 386 traffic accidents resulting in 161 injuries and nine deaths during the Fourth of July holiday period.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety reported the numbers for the 120-hour Fourth of July holiday period from July 4 to July 8.

Officials say that because the same holiday in 2011 fell on a Monday and meant a long weekend for many travelers, it's difficult to compare those numbers with 2011 totals.