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Amazon Has the Votes to Defeat Union Bid

Workers in Alabama reject unionization

(Newser) - The result is not yet official, but the Wall Street Journal says the outcome is now clear: Amazon workers in Alabama have voted against forming a union. Early results had been heading in that direction, and the Journal reports that the anti-union effort has eclipsed the magic number of 1,...

Anti-Union Side Takes Lead in Amazon Vote

Alabama vote is tilting more than 2 to 1 against unionizing workers

(Newser) - Amazon is heading into the final stretch of a union push in Bessemer, Alabama, with a sizeable lead over labor organizers. With nearly half the ballots counted Thursday night, 1,100 warehouse workers had rejected the union while 463 voted in favor of it. The count will resume Friday morning...

Member of Alabama Shakes Accused of Child Abuse

Arrested drummer Steven Johnson had previously pleaded guilty to violating ex's protective order

(Newser) - A member of the rock band Alabama Shakes was arrested last week and hit with child abuse charges, a year after pleading guilty to breaching a protective order from his ex-wife. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama confirms to Rolling Stone that drummer Steven William Johnson was arrested...

On-Air Weatherman Finds Out Wife Is in Tornado's Path
As He Reported
Live on Tornadoes,
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As He Reported Live on Tornadoes, Some Personal Bad News

James Spann was covering dangerous Alabama twister when he found out his home was in its path

(Newser) - Alabamians relied this week on local reporting to keep them abreast of the severe weather pummeling their state, including a series of tornadoes that killed at least five. One meteorologist in particular not only offered coverage of the twisters—he found out while on the air that his own home...

South Braces for More
Tornadoes Slam
Alabama, Killing at Least 5

Tornadoes Slam Alabama, Killing at Least 5

And the severe weather in the South is not over

(Newser) - A string of deadly tornadoes roared through Alabama on Thursday, toppling trees, demolishing homes and knocking out power to thousands, part of a broad swath of violent weather sweeping across the Deep South, the AP reports. At least five fatalities and an unknown number of injuries were reported. The confirmed...

Air Force Training Jet's 375-Mile Hop Ends in Tragedy

2 pilots dead after T-38 aircraft flying from Mississippi to Florida goes down in Alabama

(Newser) - An Air Force training jet flying from Mississippi to Florida never made it to its destination. Per a statement from the 14th Flying Training Wing, a T-38 trainer aircraft that took off from Columbus Air Force Base on Friday with two people on board, headed for Tallahassee, crashed into the...

Inmate on Death Row Gets Last-Minute Reprieve

Willie B. Smith III's execution cancelled

(Newser) - An Alabama inmate on Thursday won a reprieve from a scheduled lethal injection after the US Supreme Court said the state could not proceed without his pastor in the death chamber. The state prison system said the execution of Willie B. Smith III, planned for Thursday evening, would not proceed...

Alabama Wants to Carry Out 2021's First State Execution

Appeals court says pastor needs to be allowed in execution chamber

(Newser) - Alabama is seeking to carry out what would be the first execution by a state in 2021, that of a 51-year-old inmate convicted of the shotgun slaying of a police detective's sister decades ago. The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay blocking the Thursday night execution,...

Online Model's Husband Sentenced to 16 Years

'Kitty Kat West' was found dead outside couple's home

(Newser) - An Alabama judge rejected pleas for leniency from the victim's mother and 15-year-old daughter and sentenced former campus police officer and Army veteran William Jeffrey West to 16 years in prison Monday. West was convicted in November last year of reckless manslaughter in the death of his wife , Kathleen...

Senator Who Switched Parties in 1994 Is Retiring

Richard Shelby is Alabama's longest-serving senator

(Newser) - Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the Senate's fourth most senior member, announced Monday that he will not seek a seventh term in office in 2022. A titan of Alabama politics, the 86-year-old politician has spent 42 years in Washington, serving first in the House and then the Senate....

At Least 1 Dead After Tornado Slams Alabama

Damage is extensive in Fultondale, north of Birmingham

(Newser) - One person is dead after a tornado tore through an Alabama city north of Birmingham on Monday night, leaving the area with crumpled buildings and downed trees, per the AP . Fultondale Police Chief DP Smith said a young man trapped in the basement of his home was pronounced dead at...

Trump Made 'Misguided' Space Command Call: Governor

Colorado's Jared Polis says HQ is being moved as a Trump reward to Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville

(Newser) - Tommy Tuberville, Alabama's newest GOP senator, may have just seen a big nod from President Trump, at least according to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. The Democratic governor and other leaders from both parties in his state are slamming a decision to relocate Space Command headquarters from its temporary digs...

Sheriff: Longtime Worker Ran Illegal Winery in Sewage Plant

Allen Maurice Stiefel has been an employee at the wastewater treatment plant for 15 years

(Newser) - We're guessing this wine's terroir wasn't the most pleasant. Alabama officials on Thursday uncovered an illegal winery run out of a sewage treatment plant in Rainsville—and on Friday arrested one of the plant's four workers. The New York Times reports 62-year-old Allen Maurice Stiefel, a...

Illegal Winery Discovered at Unlikely Spot

Cops busted it at a municipal sewage plant in Alabama

(Newser) - Sheriff's officials say they've busted an illegal winery that was operating at a municipal sewage plant in a small Alabama town. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that it received an anonymous tip about an alcohol operation at a municipal building in the town...

In Alabama, It's a 'Thugshot' Christmas

A sheriff's department posts its tree on Facebook

(Newser) - Officials from an Alabama sheriff's department are being criticized for displaying a photo of a Christmas tree adorned with what they called "thugshots" of people who have been arrested, the AP reports. The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office used its Facebook page to post a doctored image of...

'Miracle' at Walmart Involves One Smart Dog

Pooch missing for 3 weeks finds owner at work

(Newser) - An Alabama woman had been missing her dog for three weeks when the unthinkable happened: The pooch found her. June Rountree was beginning to lose hope that she'd ever see her dog, Abby, again after the 4-year-old lab-pitbull mix slipped out of her collar in the backyard of Rountree'...

WWII Vet Beats COVID, Celebrates 104th Birthday

Alabama man received newly approved therapy

(Newser) - An Alabama man who spent World War II repairing bomb-damaged trains in France recovered from a fight with COVID-19 in time to mark his 104th birthday on Thursday. Major Wooten was physically drained and a little fuzzy mentally after battling the new coronavirus but appears to be on the mend,...

Cops: Boy, 5, Killed After Being Forced to Get Out of the Car

Austin Birdseye was struck and killed on Alabama highway on Sunday

(Newser) - A soldier who forced his longtime girlfriend's 5-year-old son out of his car on a busy highway at night, apparently for being "unruly," has been charged with reckless murder after the boy was struck and killed, police say. Army Sgt. Bryan Starr—who is stationed at Georgia'...

Iconic Coach Tests Positive, for Real This Time

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban last tested positive on Oct. 14

(Newser) - Alabama football is No. 1 in the country, and coach Nick Saban won't be leading his team in Saturday's annual Iron Bowl rivalry game against No. 22 Auburn. The university on Wednesday confirmed Saban has tested positive for COVID-19. The same thing happened in mid-October , but that diagnosis...

4-Foot-Long Lizard Is Spreading in Southeast US

Hardy, invasive tegu appears to have begun its spread in south Florida

(Newser) - Wildlife authorities are asking Americans to be on the lookout for a dog-sized, egg-hunting lizard spreading across the southeastern US. The Argentine black-and-white tegu, which reaches up to 4 feet long, is believed to have spread through south Florida after escaping captivity or being intentionally released more than a decade...

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