Healthcare premiums higher in Alabama

A new report says healthcare premiums for plans under the affordable care act exchange, in Alabama, have increased more than any of the 39 states that rely on the federal exchange. The report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows average premiums have increased by 223 percent, for plans sold on in Alabama, between 2013 and 2017. says that’s more than twice the national average.

Alabama News Brief

Gov. Ivey is appointing attorney William B. Sellers to the Alabama Supreme Court. Sellers will fill the associate justice seat previously held by Lyn Stuart. Stuart became chief justice after Roy Moore was suspended. The nine judges on the state high-court are all Republicans.

Drug round up early Wednesday in Etowah County — 58 arrested. They called it “Operation Clean Sweep.” About 90 others still to be arrested on a total of 275 charges.

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily put an execution on hold in Alabama. The court stayed the execution of Tommy Arthur, “pending further order” from the justices. Arthur was scheduled to be executed last evening.

Huntsville has passed Mobile as Alabama’s third-largest city. New population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau show that Huntsville has grown to just over 193,000 people. That surpasses Mobile by about 175 people. Birmingham is the largest with 212,157 people.

Water Warning For Centre Residents

Water worries continue in the town of Center. The state health department again advising some people not to drink the town’s water: that would be women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or mixing formula for infants. The town has sued several local manufacturing companies accusing them of polluting the town’s water with a variety of chemicals. Lawyers for Center believe the warning from the state shows the need for the lawsuit.

Gadsden Fatal

A Gadsden police officer is on paid administrative leave after fatally shooting a man who investigators say killed his wife.

Police say they were called to a Jacksonville Court home early Saturday to find a dead woman at the scene.

According to investigators the unnamed shooter took off on foot but officers confronted him a short time later – and that’s when he pulled a gun on officers, resulting in the suspect him being fatally shot.

The names of the woman and the gunman have been withheld.

Four Dead As SUV Goes Into Lake

Four people are dead — two men and two women…after an unusual accident. They all drowned inside am SUV that went off a boat landing in Cherokee county. Two people survived. It happened about 7 Tuesday night. The dead identified as Robert Hardin, Christy Hardin, Dale Steven Keener and Cheryl Hobson ranging in age from their 20’s to about 40. Very little information given at this point. It happened on a narrow gravel road that runs into Weiss Lake. Apparently very foggy at the time —- but the investigation continues as to why they drove into the lake.

Still fighting to get back into his judge’s robe. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — who was thrown off the bench — is appealing. Moore’s attorney said in a brief filed Tuesday that a disciplinary committee went beyond its authority by suspending Moore for the remainder of his term. The panel ruled in September that Moore violated ethics rules —- when he went against the U.S. supreme court ruling on gay marriage.

Amazon has big dreams of delivering packages to you by small flying drones. The U.S. govt so far not crazy about drones filling the sky — but Amazon did its first drone delivery in England. A guy ordered popcorn and an Amzaon fire stick. He lives near an Amazon warehouse and it took the drone 13 minutes to fly over and drop off the pacakge. Amazon says it has developed “sense-and-avoid” technology to help the drones fly around towers, and even avoid birds.

Marshall County Teen Killed In Wreck

A car wreck killed a 16 year old girl just before noon Saturday in Marshall County. The girl’s name not given right away — troopers say she was in a Chevy Cobalt, ran off the road, hit a fence and flipped over, and she was not wearing a seat belt. The wreck happened on Hulaco road just south of Arab. .

Christmas Page 2016

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  • Christmas In The Park – Arab City Park
    Nov. 25th – Dec. 31st. Free, opens daily at dusk. More than two million holiday lights. 256-586-3138
  • “Let It Snow” Imagination Place (Gadsden) 
    Through January 31st, 2017. Admission is charged. 256-543-2787 for more information and pricing.
  • Festival of Trees XXVI “The Big Screen” – Imagination Place (Gadsden)
    Through Dec. 31st. See 34 trees decorated by local schools, each highlighting a different movie. Admission charged. 256-543-2787
  • Huntsville- Galaxy of Lights Tour
    Thursday, Nov. 24- Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.  Experience North Alabama’s largest holiday light extravaganza with a two-mile driving tour of the garden.
  • Christmas At The Falls – Noccalula Falls Gadsden – Thursday, Dec. 26th-30th  5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Millions of Christmas Lights throughout the park, visit Santa, wrote Santa a letter, decorate cookies, petting zoo, ride the train and more. Admission is charged. Certain exhibits have extra charge. 256-549-4663



Tire Dealer Busted As Drug Dealer

He supposedly sold used tires. But cops say the tire guy was a drug dealer. Officers raided ROF Used Tires in Huntsville, they found, meth, cocaine and a couple of guns. Drugs worth more than 160,000 dollars. 47 year old Martin Acevedo locked up and more arrests may be coming.

More Impeachment Charges Against Bentley

Going after the governor with more impeachment charges. State Auditor jim zeigler says Governor Bentley lied about former law enforcement chief Spencer Collier. Bentley accused Collier of misusing state money. But now that a grand jury has cleared Collier — Zeigler say he will seek to have another count of wrong-doing added against Bentley for impeachment. A legislative committee already considering impreaching Bentley — for sexual misconduct with a former staff member.

Woman's Body Found In Franklin County

Woman’s body found in a ditch in Franklin county — early Sunday evening. The woman identified as 39 year old April Hamm. She’s last been seen the night before. They have to figure out how she died, she had cuts on her face but was not hit by a carf. SHe still had her wallet with cash and two cell phones. The FBI helping in the investigation. And the sheriff’s dept said they could use some tips.

Roy Moore's Fate To Be Decided Soon

Will he be kicked off the bench. The nine-member board that oversees judges in the state promising a quick decision on the fate of Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore accused of defying the U.S. Supreme Court by telling local officials not to marry gay couples — even though the U.S. Supreme court legalized homosexual marriage. Moore’s attorney said Moore’s order was simply a status report to clarify that his office had not changed its position on the issue. But the prosecuting attorney said Moore was defying the law.

Budget To Be Approved For Etowah County

Figuring out a budget. Etowah County Commission meets tomorrow to vote on the new budget — and the bad news: the county is short of money and likley will be dipping into savings to make-up a shortage of more than half a million dollars to cover all the spending planned — including a two-and-a-half percent raise for county employees.

Parents Complain About Trump-Themed Football Banner

An upscale Christian school in Birmingham is apologizing for a football banner that players ran through last week. The banner for Briarwood Christian school borrowed Donald Trump’s campaign slogan — it said: “Make America great again – Trump the Tigers.” The team they were playing was the Fairfield Tigers and some parents there got in a snit about the sign, saying they were disrespected

Two Guys Busted For Stealing ATV In Boaz

Two guys arrested for stealing a four wheeler from a home in Boaz. 19 year old Destin Tidwell and 22 John Wiliiams were arrested after a deputy spotted Williams driving the ATV. The sheriff’s office says he admitted that he and Tidwell swiped the vehicle. Tidwell was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center and later got-out on $5,000 bond — Williams is still lockedup on $6,000 bond

Judge Decides Whether Hubbard Gets New Trial

No new trial. Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard will not get to try again in front of a different jury. He had asked for another trial, saying prosecutors made mistakes. But the judge said no. So now Hubbard, convicted of corruption, will have to appeal his conviction to a higher court. He was sentenced to four years in prison — but he’s not behind bars yet. He’s free on bond during the appeal process.

Huntsville School Superintendant Stepping Down For Romance

Huntsville City School System looking for new superintendant. Casey Wardynski annnounced he’s resigning. The reason: romance. The city system is involved in a contract with Pinnacle Private schools — and Wardynski is dating Pinnacle’s founder. He plans to marry her and says that would be a business conflict if he was still the superintendant — so he’s choosing love over work — and stepping down. The mayor of Huntsville issued a statement saying Wardynski did a good job.

Teen Driver Hits A Camel In The Road

A teenager was injured when he hit an unusual animal crossing the road: a camel. It happened in Sardis City. The animal had to be put down. It was being led across the road at Turk’s Bama Bucks, a wildlife refuge, when it was hit on the dark road. The driver said he was blinded by bright lights from a truck stopped at the gate of the animal facility.

Wreck Kills Etowah Teen

An Etowah County teenager died after a wreck Saturday evening. 19 year old Jacob Anthony Walker of Gadsden, died after his Nissan Altima ran off the side of Old Ford Valley road and flipped several times. Walker was transported to a local hospital where he later died

Two Fatal Wrecks InThe Area This Weekend

Tough week-end on the roads. Fatal wreck just after 7 yesterday morning in Marshall county — just north of Union Grove. 32 year old Tommie Dewayne Pritchett ran off the road and hit a tree. State troopers indicated that alcohol and speed were factors in the wreck, but they’re still investigating.

A fatal motorcycle wreck Satruday afternoon in Decatur on Old Hwy 31. Not sure exactly what happened, but when emergency crews rolled up, they found the man dead, lying beside his Honda Trike. He’s identified as Edward Harwell. Investigation still going.

No BP Money For Road Work

Money from the BP Oil spill will not be used for road work in Alabama. The Senate took road projects out of a bill that outlined how the money would be spent. Lawmakers have been divided over how to use the money — paid by BP to help the state recover from damages suffered during the massive oil spill back in 2010.