Student reporter Maria Blough

AL State Parks

Many of Alabama's state parks will offer free admission on Friday. The park system is using the 200th day of the year to celebrate the state's 200th birthday.

Twenty-one different parks span the state and feature the diversity of Alabama's landscape.

"We offer a huge range of geographical features," said Kevin Jones, the marketing specialists for Alabama State Parks. "You go from the beaches at Gulf State Park, and then you travel north through north Alabama and you're getting to the foothills of the Appalachians."

The Fourth of July is the deadliest holiday on the roads, according to new research done at The University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety.

“We found that New Year’s Eve and New Year’s, which used to be considered to be a really bad time, is really not nearly as bad as the Fourth of July,” researcher David Brown said.

He pointed to Independence Day being an isolated day off in the middle of summer as a potential reason for the results.

(BIRMINGHAM, AL)-- Scientists and religious leaders are working together to call for action when it comes to climate change.

Faith, Science and Climate Action is a speaking tour traveling to the cities across the Southeast. The group will host a talk this evening at Birmingham’s Daniel Payne Center. Their goal is to bring the science and faith-based communities together in a region they say is one of the most affected by climate change.