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Chillin' hot dogs (Today in Pictures)

Sat, 07/06/2013 - 05:21
A collection of some of the best pictures from the Associated Press Mark Almond |

Bessemer Hall of History features eclectic mix, even "Hitler's typewriter"

Sat, 07/06/2013 - 00:58
The Bessemer Hall of History Museum, housed in an old railroad depot, provides a colorful, eclectic, even educational stop for natives and tourists alike who visit downtown. Jesse Chambers |

New 128-home subdivision off Caldwell Mill Road to be named Kirkman Preserve

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 23:05
Signature Homes is naming the Hoover community after Kirkman O'Neal, the founder of O'Neal Steel who bought a chunk of property off Caldwell Mill Road more than 50 years ago. Jon Anderson |

Scratch-and-sniff test for Parkinson's disease study available (video demonstration)

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 21:35
Here is one of 10 tests in a booklet aimed at identifying the earliest stages of Parkinson's disease. (Photo/Mike Oliver) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Think you can smell the difference between: a) dill pickle, b) grass, c) smoke or d) peach?Because... Mike Oliver |

Bessemer City Council votes to provide funds for Lincoln Theatre feasibility study

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 21:31
Recent efforts to renovate the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Bessemer got a big boost Tuesday from the Bessemer City Council, which voted to allocate some block-grant funds for a feasibility study of the project Jesse Chambers |

BJCC board still stuck in limbo until court rules on lawmakers' appointments

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 20:30
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mike Graffeo heard arguments in December over BJCC board appointments but has yet to rule on which three of four appointments were legal. Kyle Whitmire |

Most-Wanted in Blount County: Pay fines or get your mug on Facebook

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 19:53
District Attorney Pamela Casey said her goal is to put money back into the pockets of crime victims. Carol Robinson |

Mining commission to hold hearing on Riverkeeper petition Tuesday, sign-up to speak ends today

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 19:15
The Alabama Surface Mining Commission will hold a hearing Tuesday in Jasper regarding the "Lands Unsuitable for Coal Mining Petition" filed by eco-group Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Jesse Chambers |

City lights at Carraway? Birmingham councilwoman strengthens her pitch for old hospital

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 19:12
The shuttered Carraway hospital provides enough space to house a joint police and fire station while also leaving room for public park space and future mixed use development, Birmingham Councilwoman Maxine Parker said. Joseph D. Bryant |

Being road nice can have nasty results (Traffic Mike)

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 18:37
Frank Couch/fcouch@al.comQ: While waiting at the traffic light on Alabama 119 to turn onto U.S. 280 east every morning, I witness at least three to five drivers who think that they are being kind by leaving a space between their car... Mike D. Smith |

Patients return to Jasper hospital after bomb threat; 2 babies born during evacuation, police say

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 18:16
The hospital was cleared around noon, after a K-9 unit of bomb-sniffing dogs conducted a sweep, officials said. Kelsey Stein |

ALDOT: Permanent repairs scheduled next week for hole that reappeared in Interstate 20/59

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 18:05
Hole formed in patched area for previous hole, according to ALDOT. Mike D. Smith |

Center Point Fire District gets Kawasaki Trans-Mule to help in hard-to-reach emergencies

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 17:44
The City of Pinson provided funding for the ATV. Carol Robinson |

Half-naked woman running with toddler taken into custody in Birmingham

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 17:15
Police said the woman will be taken to UAB Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Carol Robinson |

UAB needs blood this summer

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 16:57
UAB student Tyler Anderton relaxes as her blood is collected during a UAB blood drive in 2010. (The Birmingham News / Jeff Roberts) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- It's summertime and UAB is looking for blood.The supply is low and UAB is... Mike Oliver |

Jeffco officials issue warning to bankers on $19 million sewer bond deal

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 16:07
Jefferson County officials have warned bankers who stand to make as much as $19 million in fees on a sewer bond refinancing to not contact the county or risk elimination from the deal. Barnett Wright |

Gunshots fired every 76 seconds in Birmingham July 4

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 15:12
One person was shot in Birmingham, but police do not believe that was the result of celebratory gunfire. Carol Robinson |

Walker County officials handling bomb threat at Walker Baptist Medical Center, Highway 69 bridge

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 14:56
This morning, an unidentified person called in a bomb threat, saying explosives had been placed at the hospital and on an unspecified bridge on Highway 69, an EMA official said. Kelsey Stein |

Interstate 20 westbound closure begins Sunday night; construction continues along secondary alternate route (map)

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 14:54
Official alternate is interstate route; separate construction project along Crestwood Boulevard not to be finished until next week. Mike D. Smith |

Alabama's first black federal judge, U.W. Clemon, being honored by group that had opposed his nomination

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 14:00
U.W. Clemon, retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, next month will be honored by the American Bar Association with its 2013 John H. Pickering Award. Kent Faulk |