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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Investors have saved an Alabama craft brewery that was poised to close because of a downturn in business caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to force the city of Decatur to follow the results of a 2010 referendum and adopt a city manager form of government.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon means that, for now at least, the north Alabama city can keep a full-time mayor. However, the plaintiff is considering an appeal and citizens are free to petition for another referendum.

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A federal review has determined that an Alabama housing agency segregated residents by race. 

The Decatur Daily reports that a study by Housing and Urban Development found that the Decatur Housing Authority let white people live in riverfront towers with scenic views and other amenities. But Black people were sent to live in another apartment development without the frills.

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Contamination from a chemical plant in north Alabama is tainting elections in the city of Decatur.

Three City Council members seeking reelection tell The Decatur Daily that Mayor Tab Bowling and a lawyer seek to influence August elections by recruiting and funding challengers to the incumbents.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Environmental Management says it has reached an agreement with chemical giant 3M regarding clean up of “forever chemicals” at its plant in Decatur. 

The state environmental agency said under the interim consent order that the company must assess waste sites in Morgan and Lawrence counties and clean up sites contaminated with certain chemicals.

 

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Police say an armed black business owner who called to report a robbery in his store in Alabama was punched in the face by a responding police officer who mistook him for a suspect.

Days of rain have left parts of Alabama awash in millions of gallons of dingy water that overflowed from sanitary sewer systems.

Reports submitted to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management show more than 18.5 million gallons of sewer water spilled out over the past 10 days around Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, which had heavy rains over the period.

In the Tennessee Valley, a city leader in Decatur wants action after millions of gallons overflowed there.

A federal grand jury has subpoenaed 3M in connection to discharges from a chemical plant in northern Alabama.

WHNT-TV reports the discharges may not have complied with federal permit requirements.

3M CEO Michael Roman announced the subpoena during an investor conference call Tuesday. The Minnesota-based company has faced lawsuits and public scrutiny last year over alleged chemical discharges from the 3M plant in Decatur into the Tennessee River. 3M halted some work at the plant last year for environmental reasons.

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An Alabama utility company has disclosed that more than 800,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled from a plant during a storm, eventually reaching the Tennessee River.

The Decatur Daily reports disclosures filed by Decatur Utilities with the state Environmental Department reveal that about 8 million gallons of raw sewage have escaped the company's system this year. The largest discharge happened last week when rain overwhelmed old pipes and sewage flowed from a manhole for days.

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Whooping cranes are back at a national wildlife refuge in Alabama.

The International Crane Foundation said Friday that, for the second year in a row, wild-hatched chick W7-17 was the first to arrive at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur. The two-year-old arrived Nov. 9.

She’s among about 100 whoopers in a flock taught to migrate from Wisconsin to Florida by following ultralight aircraft.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Huntsville Hospital Health System and Urgent Team Urgent Care & Walk-In Centers are forming a partnership to create a network of urgent care and family care centers in North Alabama.

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate with a violent history of eluding law enforcement is on the run again.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old John Kaleb Gillespie escaped from the jail in Decatur on Sunday.

Sheriff's officials say another inmate helped Gillespie climb over a recreation yard wall.

Officials say Gillespie tried to run over an Alabama state trooper in Lawrence County in November 2018 as officers fired on his truck.

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Nearly 100 years since being wrongly accused of rape, the nine African Americans known as the "Scottsboro Boys" will be honored in a new museum in Alabama.

The Celebrating Early Old Town with Art board will formally unveil the museum's plans at its annual gala in Decatur next month.

Al.com reports the primary goal of the museum is to "depict Decatur's role in the historic trial, reflecting the civil rights struggles and victories during that era."

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Strong storms that knocked down trees and limbs left thousands without power in north Alabama.

Decatur Utilities says service was restored by early Tuesday to most of the 8,600 homes and businesses that were left in the dark after storms moved through late Monday.

Some traffic lights still aren't working, and crews still have to remove damaged trees.

The Decatur Daily quotes a weather service meteorologist as saying the damage was caused by a strong thunderstorm rather than a large weather system.

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city is trying to figure out how to ban guns from a water park where two people were shot.

The Decatur Daily reports that officials say they need a change in state law before banning visitors from bringing guns into Decatur's Point Mallard water park. But a state lawmaker from Decatur says minor changes would allow a gun ban.

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Decatur, Alabama, is looking for a new slogan, and it won't be "A little different."

The north Alabama city of 55,000 people is trying to come up with a new branding tagline, and a Birmingham-based consulting firm suggested it use "A little different."

City leaders liked the idea. Council member Kristi Hill says it seemed modern.

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Police say an Alabama woman used a pot of hot grease to fight off an armed burglar.

Decatur police told reporters on Tuesday that officers responding to the scene last week found Larondrick Macklin suffering burns to his face. Authorities determined Macklin had entered the woman's house with a gun and the woman defended herself.

Macklin was taken to a hospital for treatment and arrested the next day on charges of first-degree domestic violence and burglary.

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Officials in an Alabama city are talking about easing restrictions on Sunday morning sales of alcoholic beverages.

A proposed ordinance changing the time alcohol sales can resume on Sunday from noon to 10 a.m. was set for a first reading at Monday's City Council meeting.

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — 3M says it is expanding an investigation of possible chemical contamination around its north Alabama plant in Decatur.

WAAY-TV reports the company issued a statement Monday saying it's looking at old landfill sites in Morgan and Lawrence counties to test for waste that may include substances called PFAS. The landfills date back to the 1950s.

Blue Origin Groundbreaking Set for Friday

Jan 23, 2019
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A company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will break ground on a plant to build a new rocket engine in north Alabama later this week.

Al.com reports Blue Origin's groundbreaking is set for Friday in Huntsville.

The plant will manufacture Blue Origin's BE-4 engine, which will power the next generation of rockets produced by United Launch Alliance in Decatur.

The engine will be powered by liquid oxygen and liquefied natural gas. The engine will also power Blue Origin's next-generation New Glenn rocket. That rocket is currently under development.

Six women are suing a north Alabama rheumatologist, accusing him of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior while they were his patients.

News outlets report the lawsuit was filed in Morgan County Circuit Court Wednesday against Dr. Michael Dick of Decatur.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit have been identified by pseudonyms, seeking to preserve privacy. Dick referred questions to his lawyer, who declined to comment.

Judge Dismisses School Sex Charges

Aug 11, 2017

A judge has dropped sex charges against two school employees, saying the state law is overbroad and unconstitutional.

Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson dismissed charges against 44-year-old Carrie Witt and 27-year-old David Solomon yesterday. Witt is a former teacher at Decatur High School who was arrested in March 2016 for allegedly having sex with two Decatur High students, one 17 and one 18. Solomon is a former contract teacher at Falkville High School accused of having sex with a 17-year-old Falkville High student.

Alabama National Guard Unit Deploying Soon

Jul 20, 2017
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Members of Alabama’s Army National Guard are heading out to active duty soon.

The approximately 40 soldiers of the 152nd Military Police Company, out of Decatur, Alabama, will be heading to Cuba to oversee internal security and detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay.

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A $333,000 grant has been awarded to Decatur and will be used to extend the Bill Sims Bike Trail farther into the southwest part of the city. 

Republican state Senator Arthur Orr, of Decatur, said Friday the federal grant is administered through the Alabama Department of Transportation's Transportation Alternative Program.

The Decatur Daily reports the roughly 1-mile asphalt trail would run along the north side of Modaus Road from Cedar Ridge Middle School to Jack Allen Private Drive near Jack Allen Sports Complex.

Federal Judge Approves Partial PFC Settlement

May 12, 2017

Water quality activists are weighing the benefits of a partial court settlement over water quality in the Decatur area this week. 

U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon issued the verdict authorizing a $5 million payment from chemical manufacturer Daikin America. It’s related to ongoing litigation over perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, that were manufactured around Decatur for years before they were outlawed in the U.S.

The settlement is expected to be used to set up a temporary filtration system for drinking water from the Tennessee River.

The United Methodist Disaster Relief Warehouse in Decatur is expanding their efforts this year to victims of the recent tornadoes and wildfires in Alabama.

The warehouse primarily focuses on giving relief supplies and Christmas gifts to Haiti, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. This year they are focusing on supplying gifts for children that lost their homes and belongings in the recent local disasters. 

The Alabama Department of Transportation plans to hold a public meeting in Huntsville on its proposed statewide transportation plan.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments.

The plan summarizes current conditions of the state's transportation system and Alabama's needs and priorities for the next 25 years.

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State lawyers are hoping to set a date for the execution of a death row inmate who unsuccessfully challenged Alabama's lethal injection method as unconstitutional.

Last week, the Alabama Attorney General's office asked the Alabama Supreme Court to set an execution date for Thomas Arthur "as soon as possible." The request comes after a federal judge ruled for the state and against Arthur's claims that the state's lethal injection method was unconstitutional earlier this month.

Supporters of the family of a 19-year-old man shot and killed by a Mobile police officer last month are calling for criminal charges against the officer and governmental changes.

A new national report shows Alabama is trailing the rest of the country in overall child well-being.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its annual Kids Count Book this week. The study ranks child welfare based on indicators in four areas including economics, education, health and family. Although Alabama has seen some improvements, the state ranks 46th in the country for economic well-being and 48th in education.

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