Bessemer

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — Corrections officials are investigating a second inmate death at an Alabama prison within days.

A statement from the Department of Corrections says 53-year-old Elvin Burnseed of Dothan was found unconscious in his dorm at Donaldson prison near Bessemer on Monday.

He was taken to the prison infirmary and pronounced dead after life-saving measures failed.

Burnseed's was serving a life sentence for a robbery in Houston County. The state hasn't released a cause of death.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Plans have been announced for the replacement of an Alabama hospital.

University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital officials said this week that a new hospital will be built in McCalla to replace the Medical West Hospital in Bessemer, which was built in 1964.

Hospital officials said a new hospital is needed to continue providing adequate care to southwest Jefferson County.

Alabama Department of Corrections

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An inmate in Alabama who was mistakenly set free has been taken back into custody ahead of a murder trial.

News outlets report 34-year-old Andrea Duhreal Flagg was captured Wednesday morning in the Dothan area. He had been out since his July 11 release from Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer where he completed a sentence for an unrelated charge.

Houston County Circuit Clerk Carla Woodall says there had been a hold on Flagg's case that he shouldn't be released.

Associated Press

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — The manslaughter charge against an Alabama woman who lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight was dropped Saturday.

Circuit Judge David Carpenter granted the state's motion to dismiss the case against Marshae Jones, 28.

Jones was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December argument over the fetus' father, authorities said.

Mall Shooting Suspect Seeks Police Video

Dec 5, 2018

A man charged with attempted murder in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall on Thanksgiving is asking for police video of the entire incident, which ended with police shooting and killing another man.

An attorney for 20-year-old Erron Martez Dequan Brown of Bessemer made the request in a court document filed late Tuesday. It comes as protesters and relatives of the man killed by police, 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Bradford, Jr., continue asking to see any video of the confrontation.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at solutions to the persistent problem of flooding in Jefferson County near downtown Birmingham.

WBMA-TV reports a three-year study will consider multiple options to ease the persistent flooding around Valley Creek, in areas including Bessemer, Hueytown and Brighton. Rescue crews recently had to remove people from their homes near the creek because of high water.

The Alabama Public Charter School Commission met Monday, approving one application for a new charter school and denying another.

The board approved an application for Woodland Preparatory, a charter school to be located in Washington County and set to open in fall 2019. Al.com reports the school plans to open with 260 students in prekindergarten through 7th grade. The school plans to add one grade each year, eventually growing to serve 664 students from pre-K through 12th grade.

The Secret Life of Santas

Dec 7, 2016
Steve Pennington
Allison Mollenkamp / APR

Some things happen like clockwork this time of year. Trimming the Christmas tree, long lines at the shopping mall—and for parents of small children, there’s the traditional photo with the kids on Santa’s lap. There are plenty of children waiting to talk to Kris Kringle, and that means an annual recruiting drive for Santas to keep up with demand. APR student reporter Allison Mollenkamp takes this look into the secret life of Santas…

The Mobile area is winning even more aviation jobs from this week’s Paris Air Show. A German aviation company is expanding its south Alabama operation.

MAAS Aviation says it will build a new facility in Mobile for painting aircraft. The $39 million plan will include the creation of 80 new jobs along Alabama’s gulf coast.

The new MAAS facility will be at the Mobile Aeroplex site near the new Airbus manufacturing plant. Along with painting airplanes, it will repair and overhaul aircraft as well.