Jackson County

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 2.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at noon on Tuesday in Jackson County, Alabama.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency says the northeastern region of the state has a history of small quakes.

Shaking from small magnitude events like this is not typically associated with structural damage.

The U.S.G.S. says a magnitude 2 quake is usually only felt by a few people, while a magnitude 3 quake is quite noticeable to people indoors.

Internet giant Google plans to buy renewable power from Alabama and Tennessee solar farms under a new deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Google announced Wednesday that it will buy 413 megawatts of electrical output from 1.6 million solar panels at several new solar farms in both Alabama and Tennessee, the combined size of 65,000 home rooftop systems.

The two largest solar farms will be able to produce about 150 megawatts each. Those will be located in Hollywood, Alabama, and in Yum Yum, Tennessee.

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Public health officials are investigating a spike in hepatitis A cases in north Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that it is investigating an increase in hepatitis A cases in Jackson County. Health officials say the outbreak may have also spread to surrounding counties.

Public health officials are urging people at the highest risk of infection, including those who use illegal drugs and those who are homeless, to be vaccinated against the disease.

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating a case of meningococcal disease, the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children between the ages of 2 and 18 in the United States.

In a news release yesterday, the department’s immunization division said the case was found at Scottsboro Junior High School in Jackson County. No other cases have been identified.

Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers says the department has already started contacting parents to make them aware of the exposure.

At least three people were killed and many more were injured after powerful storms and tornadoes swept through Alabama last night.

The Jackson County coroner’s office has confirmed that three people are dead and several more are injured in the community of Rosalie, Alabama, north of Fort Payne. County officials say the three killed were victims of a possible tornado and were all in a mobile home.

In DeKalb County, a 24-hour daycare was completely destroyed near the town of Ider. Four children were injured and are in critical condition.

A lawyer for VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor says he hopes to have the casino reopened by Christmas, despite a court order allowing the state to keep his seized gambling machines.

McGregor's attorney Joe Espy says VictoryLand will have to obtain new machines in order to reopen. However, Espy believes the casino will be able to do that.

The state has been in a long-running legal battle over the slot machine look-alikes.

The attorney general's office seized over 1600 electronic bingo machines and $260,000 in cash during a 2013 raid at VictoryLand.