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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hyundai will build a pickup-style sport-utility vehicle at its plant in Alabama, which the company said Wednesday is being enlarged in a $410 million expansion project.

A statement from the Korean automaker said production of the Santa Cruz compact SUV will begin in 2021 at its plant near Montgomery, where about 1,200 new jobs are expected.

Aniah Blanchard
Auburn Police Department


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A Texas-based nonprofit that works to find missing people across the country has called off its search for UFC heavyweight Walt Harris’ missing stepdaughter.

Destinie Duvall of Texas EquuSearch tells WRBL-TV the horse-mounted search group is heading home after using “every resource available” to search for 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard in Auburn, Alabama.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A blast of bitterly cold weather has set new records in the Deep South, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday.

The overnight temperature late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning dropped to 18 degrees (-8 Celsius) in Birmingham, Alabama, breaking the previous low record of 22 degrees (-6 Celsius) set in 1911. More than 100 other sites in Alabama also reached historic lows, including Hamilton and Florence at 13 degrees (-11 Celsius), the weather service said.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency / Alabama EMA

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama county emergency management director has resigned following an investigation that determined she didn’t follow state laws when she purchased a vehicle for the department.

News outlets report Lee County Commissioners announced Tuesday that Emergency Management Agency Director Kathy Carson has resigned.

County Administrator Roger Rendleman says Carson purchased a 2019 Polaris Ranger for the agency over the summer using grant money but didn’t properly bid on the vehicle per state laws.

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GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of fish have been added to an Alabama creek as part of an ongoing effort to boost tourism.

Black Creek was restocked Tuesday with about 1,100 pounds of trout above Noccalula Falls by the Rainbow Fly Fishing Club, The Gadsden Times reported. The group also stocked 1,000 coppernose bluegill into the watershed in late March.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center has published emails that it says show White House adviser Stephen Miller "promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda" to a conservative news site.

The nonprofit's Hatewatch blog published excerpts Tuesday of leaked emails Miller sent to Breitbart editors in 2015 and 2016.

The organization says the emails were provided by a former Breitbart editor who was fired. Miller often discusses potential immigration stories in the messages.

Associated Press

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (AP) — Police searching for a 5-year-old Florida girl who was reported missing last week found human remains in rural Alabama, authorities said Tuesday.

The team looking for Taylor Rose Williams found a body, according to a statement issued by police in Demopolis, Alabama.

The remains were located in a wooded area between two towns in Marengo County, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Montgomery, police said.

Authorities were working to confirm the victim's identification, according to the statement.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they're expanding the search of a missing 5-year-old girl to Alabama, and the girl's mother is no longer cooperating with their investigation.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said during a news conference Monday that officers have been deployed to Demopolis, Alabama, west of Montgomery.

Williams says Taylor Williams, who is not related to the sheriff, was reported missing from her Jacksonville home last Wednesday. The sheriff says Taylor's mother, Brianna Williams, has not spoken with investigators since that day.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Catholic church officials in Alabama confirm that a man accused of sexually harassing a massage technician aboard a cruise ship is a local priest.

News outlets report the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama, declined to comment on the accusations against Rev. Amal Samy. They say they are taking the allegations seriously and emphasized that Samy has denied any wrongdoing.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man charged with criminal mischief in the slashing of a towering "Baby Trump" balloon has defended his actions, saying it was a matter of good versus evil.


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