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  • The amount of past-due debt in all 67 Alabama counties, rankedThe amount of past-due debt in all 67 Alabama counties, ranked

    About 40 percent of Alabama have some debt that's past due to the point of collections, according to a recent study

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  • LIVE BLOG: Road conditions across the Tennessee Valley - whnt.comLIVE BLOG: Road conditions across the Tennessee Valley - whnt.com

    whnt.comLIVE BLOG: Road conditions across the Tennessee Valleywhnt.comFor us, snow arrives across northwest Alabama before sunrise and moves east through the morning hours. Accumulations on average will be an inch. Some get a little more, others not so much. Either way, roads will become hazardous for all of the ...and more »

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  • Winter Weather Advisory For All of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee TuesdayWinter Weather Advisory For All of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee Tuesday

    From the National Weather Service In Huntsville: ...Accumulating snow expected on Tuesday... .A strong cold front will move through the region late Monday night, with temperatures falling below freezing by midnight. Meanwhile, a band of light snow is expected to develop behind the front and enter northwest Alabama by sunrise on Tuesday.

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  • EMA and local agencies monitoring roads ahead of possible winter weatherEMA and local agencies monitoring roads ahead of possible winter weather

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Local Emergency Management Agencies are watching the weather as many people prepare for another cold week. At Lowe's in Hampton Cove, they're running low on certain winter supplies as people come to stock up. "Kerosene heaters. That's the main thing we've sold out of first," commented Alex Mullins, Service Manager. They have stocked ice melt and firewood and have noticed many customers coming in for those, too. "Even pipe caps for the outside faucet covers, and any of the insulation for piping," said Mullins. "I've actually seen quite a few pictures from people who have had busted pipes." As people prepare their homes, the Huntsville-Madison County EMA is the nerve center for operations and is monitoring the weather outside the window. "Communication is key, passing information along," said Scott Worsham, EMA Officer, "to discuss and share plans." Chris McNeese, Huntsville Public Works Director, said, "We do have our trucks equipped with salt and rock spreaders. They are also stocked with salt and with rock. So they can hit the roadways." Mike Gentle, Madison Public Works Crew Chief, said, "We are going to have crews on standby at 6 o'clock in the morning." Gentle said Friday's "non-event" helped them prepare and they're ready to go. Leaders say the higher elevations along with overpasses are the biggest trouble spots where crews will focus, but you are welcome to call your local law enforcement if you notice an area that is a danger. If you see snow or ice in your part of the Tennessee Valley, you are asked to be careful and make way for crews to do what they need to do. It is important for them to clear the roads for first responders to navigate if there are emergencies throughout the day. "If you see any of our crews, stay a safe distance back and slow down," Gentle said. These officials will continue monitoring conditions: "We'll just have to wait and see, and adjust accordingly," said Worsham.

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  • Snow expected Tuesday with dangerously cold wind chills to followSnow expected Tuesday with dangerously cold wind chills to follow

    It’s been snowing most of the morning across west Tennessee and northwest Mississippi. We’re watching that same band of snow move into the Tennessee Valley now: Here is a look at the arrival times: Northwest Alabama – Through 6am Madison County including Huntsville 7am-9am Sand Mountain from 10am-Noon Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Accumulations on average will be near 1 inch. Some get a little more, others not so much. Either way, roads will quickly become hazardous for all of the  Tennessee Valley by noontime. What ever snow falls stays. This will likely prolong hazardous travel through Wednesday morning. Snow accumulations for Tuesday With a sunny sky Wednesday, there will be some melting and drying on the roads though air temperatures won’t get above freezing. The other issue for midweek will be the dangerous wind chills for the Tennessee Valley. Here is a look at your “feels like” temperatures for Wednesday morning! Due to the prolonged period of cold the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. Try to avoid travel and stay safe from the cold. If you do have to go, remember to dress in layers and protect your skin with gloves, scarves, and hats! Stayed tuned for further updates throughout the day for snow and frigid temperatures. We’ll fine tune the timing and accumulations as the day progresses. Don’t forget our apps when you are on the go as well! WHNT News 19 App Live Alert 19 Ben Smith Twitter: @BenSmith_WHNT

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  • AL Huntsville AL Zone Forecast - Argus PressAL Huntsville AL Zone Forecast - Argus Press

    AL Huntsville AL Zone ForecastArgus PressAL Huntsville AL Zone Forecast. Story · Comments. ShareShare; Print: Create a hardcopy of this page; Font Size: Default font size: Larger font size. Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 11:31 pm | Updated: 11:36 pm, Mon Jan 15, 2018. AL Huntsville AL Zone ...and more »

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    TN Huntsville AL Zone ForecastArgus PressCopyright 2017 AccuWeather. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed ...and more »

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  • Man’s best friend saves family from house fireMan’s best friend saves family from house fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville family is recovering tonight after losing almost everything they own in a house fire. Fire officials say it took about 20 minutes to put out the flames and thankfully, no one was injured. The homeowners say their four-legged friend is the one responsible for getting them out safely. The 600 block of Hemlock Drive looks a little different on Monday. "It was scary. I have never seen anything move that fast," Sean Jaco said in a matter of minutes his home was fully engulfed. "By the time I ran out to the side of the house half the house was fully involved." This video was taken Sunday night when The Huntsville Fire Department was battling a house fire on Hemlock Drive. No one was injured in the fire. @whnt Courtesy: Mike Lew pic.twitter.com/D5CtVXu6Sn — Aaron Cantrell (@AaronTheNewsGuy) January 15, 2018 Jaco lived in the home with his mother. "I think mom has been here since 1979," Jaco said. Nearly four decades of memories gone in a matter of minutes. "There`s a two car garage that I help my father build in the back of the house." 2 people were inside this home when it caught fire on Sunday night. The family member responsible for alerting them about it is man’s best friend. Find out how the family was able to save them tonight on @whnt at 10. pic.twitter.com/0UiuYtJkbI — Aaron Cantrell (@AaronTheNewsGuy) January 16, 2018 But things could have been worse. When the fire had started both Jaco and his mother were almost asleep until their dog Vienna got his attention. "She really started to raise some Cain outside," Jaco said. He noticed the fire when he went out to check on her. "Turns out, I think she was barking at the fire. I guess the dog was useful, because sure enough if I would have slept for another four or five minutes, I think there would have been a different outcome," Jaco said. 13-year-old Vienna and Sean Jaco have always had a love-hate relationship. Most of the hate came from Jaco. "I want to say I thought she was useless. She has always been more fond of me, than I have been of her," he explained. He has since had a change of heart. "I probably never gave her that much credit, but I will give her credit from here on out," Jaco said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Jaco said his mother does have insurance to help cover the damages.

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  • Local Pastor says Trump’s alleged comments on Africa felt personal after serving 5 years as a missionary in NigeriaLocal Pastor says Trump’s alleged comments on Africa felt personal after serving 5 years as a missionary in Nigeria

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -  When First Baptist Church Pastor Travis Collins heard the alleged comments President Trump made about several countries in Africa. "It felt a little personal," said Collins. That`s because he and his family have close ties to one country in particular. "We were missionaries in Nigeria and some of our closest friends on the planet are Nigerian people." Collins, his wife, and their three children lived in Nigeria for 5 years. He says to this day, he has nothing but positive memories surrounding that country and its people. "They mentored us, welcomed us, loved us when we were on their soil. Some of them are now on American soil baring advanced degrees and making great contributions to our country," said Collins. "For it to be at least alleged that someone has referred in such disparaging terms to those people who are so dear to us is a very personal thing." First Baptist Church has a long history of having a heavy heart for missions dating back to the 1800s. “[The church was] kicked out of the Baptist association when we were 10 years old because we were so passionately missionary. That runs deep at First Baptist,” said Collins. To this day, they have connections all over the world and continue to dispatch short-term crews to places like the Dominican Republic and Haiti. But Collins says he’s now worried what the future of missions will look like.  “When American missionaries are in a country we rely on national leaders for our very presence in the country, we rely on Christian leaders to partner with us and we simply rely on the goodwill of the people of the country to host us. If this is true, it could do real damage to American missionary work. If it appears Americans look on African countries in disdain then we’re not nearly going to be as welcomed, as embraced as we have been.” Collins says missionaries have fought against stereotypes for years that all Americans are rude and arrogant and hopes these alleged comments don’t add merit to it so the church can continue to do the work they’re called to do. “The American and European church in developing countries in the past 500 years have been the main sources of hospitals, schools, good cultural change, and important to me- helping people become followers of Jesus. And if that were to be affected negatively, that would be a big blow as to what I see a good direction in which those countries are heading in," said Collins.

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  • Parkway Place Mall sees increase in 2017 holiday salesParkway Place Mall sees increase in 2017 holiday sales

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A new study shows holiday retail sales were up more than 5%  in 2017. Sales in November and December of 2017 are up 5.5% for retail stores, compared to the same time in 2016. The study by the National Retail Federation shows -- online, in-store or on their phones -- consumers were ready to spend this holiday season. For Parkway Place Mall, like the study suggests, they saw an increase too. "We were blown away by the amount of shoppers that we had this year, the sales that were coming in," said Marketing Director, Molly Mitchell. "We were up over 6% from last year so we actually beat out the national good news of that 5.5%." Mitchell added that throughout 2017, their sales were up -- setting a new pace, compared to other malls around the country. "That's just a huge testament to where our community is, where our economy is right now and that people feel comfortable spending right now," said Mitchell. Experts say with unemployment at a 17-year low, a pickup in income, strong consumer confidence and a rising stock market...it's no surprise shoppers had deeper pockets this year.

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  • Man’s attempt to hold in sneeze leaves him with ruptured throatMan’s attempt to hold in sneeze leaves him with ruptured throat

    ENGLAND – If you are about to sneeze — even if you are in a quiet place — doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the hard way and had to spend two weeks in the hospital due to his resulting injury. That’s according to a case report with the cringe-inducing title “Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck.” The report was published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports. According to the report, this “previously fit” man pinched his nose and kept his mouth closed during a “forceful” sneeze. He later told doctors he immediately felt a popping sensation in his neck. He didn’t notice any problems right away, but a couple of hours later he felt pain in his throat and neck. When it became swollen and his voice changed, he took himself to the hospital. “This 34-year-old chap said he was always trying to hold his sneeze because he thinks it is very unhygienic to sneeze into the atmosphere or into someone’s face. That means he’s been holding his sneezes for the last 30 years or so, but this time it was different,” case report author Dr. Wanding Yang said. She works in the department of ear, nose and throat at at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The man described a “popping sensation” after he pinched his nose and held his mouth closed during the sneeze. (BMJ Case Reports) Initially, doctors saw swelling in his neck and when they examined the soft tissue they heard popping and crackling. Yang said that meant there were air bubbles getting into the man’s muscles and deep into his tissue. Scans confirmed the problem. The tests showed actual streaks of air in the retropharyngeal region and extensive surgical emphysema in the neck anterior to the trachea. In other words, by trying to hold in his sneeze, he actually blew a small hole in his throat. “Luckily, it was a very small perforation,” Yang said. “He didn’t need any operation.” When you sneeze, it’s your body’s protective reflex to get rid of an irritant that has gotten into your nose. With a sneeze, a significant amount of air pressure builds up in the lungs and forces its way through the nasal cavity to get rid of that irritant. A sneeze can propel mucous droplets at a rate of 100 miles an hour. If you hold a sneeze back, that pressurized air will need to go somewhere. In this case, it injured the tissue in the man’s throat. In past cases, doctors have also seen a stifled sneeze cause sinus problems, middle and inner ear damage, ear infections and a ruptured ear drum. The patient was given antibiotics and had to be fed through a tube, which was removed after seven days. His symptoms got better while he rested and gradually he was able to eat soft food. This kind of sneezing injury is unusual, according to the report. Doctors have seen patients with similar injuries after coughing heavily or after vomiting forcefully. “It is a rare injury that we would more likely see with trauma, like if someone were to be in a car accident or was injured with a gunshot or knife, or if they swallowed something sharp,” said Dr. Adam M. Klein, who did not see the British patient and was not involved in the study. Klein is the director of the Emory Voice Center and chief of the division of laryngology in the department of otolaryngology. Klein said if you are worried about spreading germs with your sneezes, rather than hold it in, the best thing to do to avoid injury is to let it out. If you don’t have a tissue, sneezing into the crook of your elbow, rather than onto your hand, is “a good practice.” The good news for this patient is that there was no permanent damage. Doctors did advise the man not to pinch his nose closed for future sneezes and they advise others to heed the same advice. “Halting sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous maneuver,” the report recommended. It “should be avoided, as it may lead to numerous complications.”

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  • Alabama winter weather January 2018 live updates: State of emergency declared; when will snow arrive?Alabama winter weather January 2018 live updates: State of emergency declared; when will snow arrive?

    The latest on closings, what to expect as Alabama braces for winter weather.

    Al.com / 10 h. 2 min. ago
  • Athens Limestone MLK celebration celebrates students and a hopeful futureAthens Limestone MLK celebration celebrates students and a hopeful future

    ATHENS, Ala. -- Celebrations were held in northern Alabama to honor the life and legacy of civil right's hero, Martin Luther King Jr. Many attended a march and program celebrating student's work at the Athens-Limestone Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration on Monday morning. Echoes of our nation's past were heard through the streets of Athens as people of all backgrounds marched near the Limestone County Courthouse. The day's events commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who would have been 89 years old. Following the march, a program was held to celebrate students who entered an essay and art contest on what they've learned of the civil rights movement. "They put their thoughts on paper, and they are able to share those thoughts will civil leaders, with elected officials, family, and friends. To me, that shows really what they are thinking about and how they want this country to move forward and not backward," said Benard Simelton, President of the Alabama NAACP. Students in grades 2-12 shared their dreams for the country. Charles Harris, one of the award winners, says through King's eyes, he has learned the power of unity. "The way that he thought, and the way that he wrote and everything that he did, trying to instill this dream that everyone is equal and how we all need to come together for the betterment of the world," said Harris, an Athens High School student. King helped open the doors to dreams and hopes that many thought they would never have an opportunity to see. "I'm encouraged by the words that I heard expressed from the students. You know, one little girl talked about how she wants to be president at age 35, and she has the year down." Harris says he hopes younger students will keep king's dream alive. "Without them, we have no dream."

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  • Ivey declares state of emergency ahead of winter stormIvey declares state of emergency ahead of winter storm

    With potentially severe winter weather bearing down on the state, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency that went into effect statewide at 6 p.m. Monday.

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  • Seeking Relief:  Remedies for Battling the FluSeeking Relief: Remedies for Battling the Flu

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. -- The flu outbreak in Alabama is so widespread, Governor Ivey has declared a state of emergency. The antiviral Tamiflu is one of the most common prescription treatments for the flu, but some people prefer over the counter or natural remedies. Darden Heritage is the pharmacist at Star Discount Pharmacy, and he said they've been packed with, "People that are starting to get symptoms, something for chest congestion, head congestion, aches." He said along with over the counter treatments, a lot of people have come in asking for popular natural remedies. "We have a lot of people asking for black elderberry, and the Oscillococcinum, which has been out for years, but I think there was some social media that's been pushing that. Both those products are now in short supply because of the demand." Some evidence suggests the chemicals in elderberry may help treat cold and flu symptoms by reducing congestion, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Heritage said other homeopathic remedies, like essential oils, will not combat the flu but can help with symptoms. "We sell essential oils, and I've never seen any claim as far antiviral, antibiotic. I wouldn't put much stock in that," Heritage said. "They could relax you, that type of thing. Help you go to sleep." He said the pharmacy has been inundated with prescriptions for Tamiflu, an antiviral drug that, according to the FDA, attacks the flu virus and keeps it from spreading through your body. The high rates of flu across the country have led to shortages of Tamiflu. "We haven't really experienced the shortage like other places have," Heritage said. "We've been lucky enough to get it in every day from our wholesaler." No matter what remedies you use, Heritage says starting treatment right when you get symptoms can make all the difference. "Early detection is the key. For the prescription products and over the counter products," Heritage said. "The sooner you start taking the medications, the better the outcome." He said that no matter how you treat your symptoms, hand washing and staying home when you're sick are the best ways to keep the illness from spreading. "We keep hand sanitizer at every workstation. You have to keep your hands clean, keep your hands away from your eyes and your mouth," Heritage said. That's good advice for anybody if they do not want to get the flu." The Alabama Department of Public health is advising employers and schools to waive requirements for showing a doctor's note for absences, to encourage sick people to stay home and to not spread the flu.

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  • The texts loved ones sent during the Hawaii missile alert mishapThe texts loved ones sent during the Hawaii missile alert mishap

    Watch Video Hawaiian residents and vacationers spent 38 horrific minutes preparing for an incoming ballistic missile and possible death on Saturday, until the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency corrected a false alarm message. Some of their family members tried to warn others of the impending danger they thought was headed to the islands; others said their goodbyes. Sara Donchey, in Hawaii “I was in a bit of a stupor because I had just woken up from a nap,” said Donchey, an anchor at CNN affiliate KPRC in Houston who was visiting Hawaii. “The first thing I noticed was nine missed calls from my dad, then my mom’s texts telling me to take shelter and that she loved me.” “Perhaps the most upsetting part came several hours afterward, when I realized the agony my mother went through for those 38 minutes,” she says. “She thought her daughter was going to die alone. No one would console her. That’s what I felt the worst about.” Stephanie Warner, family in Hawaii “When I read the text, Ben, Abbey and I were just watching TV so we started Googling looking for answers,” says Warner. “Sarah didn’t know any more than the alert she received so she didn’t have many answers either.” “I think we were too shocked to react emotionally,” Warner remembers. “I just wanted to know why I couldn’t find any information on what was happening. … Sarah sent us a picture of a sleepy Emmalinn to calm us down, which was appreciated.” “I don’t think the reality of what was happening hit me until a few hours later when she FaceTimed me with Emma,” Warner says. “I went into a panic mode of how do we fix this? Can they come home? Can Blaine find a new career? Would it matter if they did any of that if this is what the world is coming to? I felt very small and helpless. I’ve been reading most of the articles that have been released since and I think it really hits home knowing this is a reality. It could happen at any moment and again, there’s nothing we can do about it but pray that everything is in control.” Lori Citro, daughter in Hawaii “[The other family members] had the wherewithal to check if it was a hoax,” Citro said. “I just melted down and cried and sobbed. Couldn’t even think straight. Seemed like an eternity.” “I had a total meltdown at the restaurant sobbing crying and barely able to read the rest of the messages,” Citro said in a Facebook post. “The good-byes, ‘I love yous’ and finally quite thankfully, the message it was a mistake or a hoax.” “My daughter was going to die, today, alone,” Citro remembers thinking. “I wanted to run from the restaurant and fly to Hawaii to be with her.” Kimberly McMurray, in Hawaii “My first initial thought was pure fear at the idea that my 2-year-old daughter’s life was going to be instantaneously cut short,” said McMurray. “That melded into the thought on what was it going to feel like – would I die in the initial blast or get lingering affects from the radiation exposure and die later on?” “I wasn’t sure if I should text my family because I was honestly more worried about the fear and helplessness they would feel,” McMurray remembers thinking. “I debated sending a text at all, but felt that if I only had minutes left, I wanted them to know we loved them. Chris Sutherland, daughter in Hawaii “Helpless,” Sutherland wrote on Facebook. “The feeling you have when your daughter sends you the following text…”

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  • Texas parents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking TamifluTexas parents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking Tamiflu

    Watch Video ALLEN, Texas – Parents of a 6-year-old in Texas say their daughter had hallucinations and tried to harm herself after taking a dose of Tamiflu, according to KTVT. The little girl took the medicine to treat the flu. Her family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were shocked by her alleged reaction to the common medication. They said she started seeing things that weren’t there, running out of school and doing at least one thing that could have resulted in serious injury. “The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom,” said her father. “She used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her.” Although rare, delusions and hallucinations are listed as side effects, and the prescribing information lists a section for neuropsychiatric events. “There have been postmarketing reports (mostly from Japan) of delirium and abnormal behavior leading to injury, and in some cases resulting in fatal outcomes,” the warning reads. Those symptoms largely affected children. “It can happen,” said emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty.  “Less than one percent is what’s listed in the data sheet. I’ve been in practice 20 years, and I haven’t seen that particular complication.” The girl’s parents are now speaking out to warn others and say they wish they had known. “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects we went through,” said the girl’s father. He urges all parents to fully read the warning before giving their children Tamiflu. “Know that side effects are there for a reason,” he said. “They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted this about Tamiflu: “Children and teenagers with the flu may be at a higher risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness. These serious side effects may happen shortly after beginning Tamiflu or may happen in people when the flu is not treated. These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient. People who take Tamiflu should be watched for signs of unusual behavior and a healthcare provider should be contacted right away if the patient shows any unusual behavior while taking Tamiflu.” CNN contributed to this report.

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  • 18-year-old critically shot in north Huntsville - WAFF18-year-old critically shot in north Huntsville - WAFF

    WAFF18-year-old critically shot in north HuntsvilleWAFFHuntsville police say an 18-year-old male was critically injured in a shooting on Valley Park Drive on Jan. 15, 2018. (Source: WAFF). HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -. An 18-year-old is fighting for his life after a shooting in north Huntsville. MOREAdditional ...Police: Teenager shot near Winchester Roadwhnt.comall 6 news articles »

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  • Police: Teenager shot near Winchester RoadPolice: Teenager shot near Winchester Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police are on the scene of a shooting on Valley Park Drive near Winchester Road Monday night. Officers at the scene tell us an 18-year-old male was found shot in the road on Valley Park Drive near Deerfield Road NW.  The teenager was taken to Huntsville Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police are not certain at this time what happened or what led to the shooting. They were responding to a call of multiple shots fired in the area when they found the victim. Officers were called to the scene around 5:45 PM. Investigators are still following up leads on who is responsible. This is a developing story.  We’ll have updates on air, on WHNT.com and the WHNT News 19 app.  

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  • SHERIFF: 13 siblings kept ‘starving,’ some chained inside California homeSHERIFF: 13 siblings kept ‘starving,’ some chained inside California home

    PERRIS, Calif. – Two Southern California parents are being held on $9 million bail each after a horrific discovery at a residence in Perris over the weekend – 13 malnourished siblings held captive amid dirty conditions, including some children shackled to beds, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Monday. David Allen Turpin, left, and Louise Anna Turpin, right, are seen in booking photos released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. An investigation began after a 17-year-old girl "escaped" from her home in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road and called 911 early Sunday morning to report that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive by their parents, according to a sheriff's news release. She alleged some of her siblings were bound in padlocked chains. Responding officers initially believed the “slightly emaciated” girl was only 10 years old until she provided her age. After interviewing the teen, investigators went to the residence and contacted her parents, identified as 56-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, according to the release. Investigators discovered "several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the release said. The parents could not provide a "logical" explanation for why the kids were restrained, investigators said. Authorities located what they thought were 12 children, but were "shocked" to find out that seven of them were adults. In all, the victims are between the ages of 2 and 29, the release stated. They looked to be malnourished and filthy, authorities said. The victims were taken to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Perris Station for interviews; they were provided food and drink after telling investigators they were "starving," according to the release. The six children and seven adults were then transported to different hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known. Both parents were detained while child and adult protectives services responded to assist in the investigation. After being interviewed, they were each booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of torture and child endangerment, the release said. The home where the discovery was made is on a cul-de-sac in residential area of Perris, about 60 miles east-southeast of downtown Los Angeles and 19 miles south-southeast from downtown Riverside.

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  • Marshall County student selected to perform in international honor choir at Carnegie HallMarshall County student selected to perform in international honor choir at Carnegie Hall

    DOUGLAS, Ala. -- A Marshall County student is getting a chance of a lifetime. In fact, he's one of only several hundred students in the world to experience it this year. Douglas High School sits on a highway that runs through the town of Douglas. It's not a big town, there's only one stop light. Nearly 600 kids go to the high school. It might be a small community, but the talent in some of its young people is anything but. Inside one of the classrooms decked in musical notes and theatre posters, high school choral director Becky Walker plays the piano with confidence while a student of hers sings 'Amazing Grace'. "As far back as I can remember, honestly." That's how long senior James Loggins has been singing. "I would lock myself in my room and just sing because I just loved it, and it was my way of being me." That dedication helped land him a chance not many people get in a lifetime. "At the beginning of the year we got a letter from the Honors Performance Series, which is an international honor choir that performs at Carnegie Hall," Loggins said. He jumped at the chance. He was one of more than 18,000 nominations. After a rigorous application process, Walker got the phone call she'd been hoping for. "He was like 'I got in, I got in, I got in!' So I said, 'this is a chance of a lifetime and you'll never, ever, ever forget it.'" James is one of nearly 700 student performers from around the world to be selected. "I've just always tried to do my best when it came to music because that's where I feel like I can reach my true potential," he explained. He will leave for New York in a couple of weeks. The performance is in early February. "This is amazing. It's a dream."

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  • Suspect arrested in Madison hotel shooting - AL.comSuspect arrested in Madison hotel shooting - AL.com

    WAAYSuspect arrested in Madison hotel shootingAL.comAccording to information released by the Madison Police Department, detectives on Monday arrested 18-year-old Amari Tivon Hurt of Huntsville. He has been booked into the Madison County Jail on charges of attempted murder and first-degree burglary. His ...Teen arrested in Madison hotel shootingWAFFall 5 news articles »

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  • Suspect arrested in Madison hotel shootingSuspect arrested in Madison hotel shooting

    Following a Sunday incident in which four people were shot in a Madison hotel, police have arrested a suspect in the case.

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  • School, business, and services announce closings for January 16School, business, and services announce closings for January 16

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  • Detroit auto show: 2019 Toyota Avalon looks good, but enters amid waning interest in sedansDetroit auto show: 2019 Toyota Avalon looks good, but enters amid waning interest in sedans

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  • Dollar General verdict, Mardi Gras flag, Bob Grip retirement in today's business newsDollar General verdict, Mardi Gras flag, Bob Grip retirement in today's business news

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  • Snow day: Tuesday closings announced for dozens of Alabama school systemsSnow day: Tuesday closings announced for dozens of Alabama school systems

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  • Future Toyota-Mazda plant expected to greatly impact the local economy - whnt.comFuture Toyota-Mazda plant expected to greatly impact the local economy - whnt.com

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  • Contracts For Jan. 12, 2018Contracts For Jan. 12, 2018

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  • Sam's Clubs closing: How to get a refund on your membership feeSam's Clubs closing: How to get a refund on your membership fee

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  • The Latest: Tractor-trailer overturns in icy MississippiThe Latest: Tractor-trailer overturns in icy Mississippi

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