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    Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama Underway Video included

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    Check out News 5's Jonathan Owens at the Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama! More>>

    Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect

    Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect

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    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to develop. More>>

    SLIDESHOW: Jimmy Buffett's Homecoming Show at the Wharf

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    Check out these images from Jimmy Buffet's homecoming concert at the Wharf in Orange Beach! More>>

    Jimmy Buffett Rocks Orange Beach Video included

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    For the better part of two hours Jimmy Buffett rocked the Amphitheater at The Wharf to the delight of thousands of fans.
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    Parrothead Nation Ready for their Leader

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    One of the most anticipated concert events on the Gulf Coast happened Friday when Jimmy Buffett played Orange Beach for the first time and his fans were ready.

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    Weather

    Thunderstorms to Start the Weekend

    The weekend starts with scattered thunderstorms. While it won't be a washout, Saturday looks wetter than Sunday. More>>

    Police Chase Ends in Crash Video included

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    Two Prichard Police officers were rushed to the hospital when their car collided with a suspect's car.
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    Alabama Officers Cleared After Excessive Force Investigation

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    Alabama police officers cleared after being investigated for using excessive force. More>>

    Head On Crash Injures 2 Officers, 1 Suspect Video included

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    A high speed chase started in Prichard's Trinity Gardens and ended at Prichard Avenue and North College Street. More>>

    Missing Persons Cold Case Cracked After 41 Years Video included

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    A missing persons' case that had gone cold for more than 40 years in Gulfport Mississippi has finally been solved. More>>

    Harper Lee's Hometown Loses Rights To Perform To Kill A Mockingbird Video included

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    Author Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville is dealing with the recent news that they can no longer perform the production of her beloved classic To Kill A Mockingbird after this year. More>>

    What's Working: Local Author Shares Ways to Achieve Inner Peace and Happiness Video included

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    In tonight's What's Working, a Mobile woman has found a way to help others deal with stress in their every day lives. Ginger Graf Dunaway has written a new book called, "Choose Spirit Now," to remind us not to get caught up in the chaos of life, and find inner peace. Dunaway owns a yoga and massage studio in Midtown Mobile called "A Quiet Mind." She is a yoga instructor, and believes yoga is the first step toward achieving inner peace and happiness. "Yoga helps you get more fully in the body,... More>>

    VIDEO: How Spice Can Affect You Video included

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    You can find several videos on the internet showing adolescents and adults alike experiencing horrific trips on the drug spice. More>>

    Baldwin D.A. Talks About Recent Controversies Video included

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    Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon says most of the recent distractions surrounding her and her office are politically motivated. More>>

    Prichard Police Chase Ends in Crash

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    BREAKING NEWS: Police and emergency medical crews are on the scene of crash involving a police officer. More>>

    Tesla SuperCharger Station Powers Up in Mobile Video included

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    It sounds like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, but Tesla's SuperCharger station for its electric cars is real. More>>

    'Freaknik' Promoters Cancel Panama City Beach Event

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    The promoters of an event billed as "Freaknik" are calling off their annual gathering at Panama City Beach because of public reaction to a sexual assault and to a house party during spring break.  More>>

    Univ. of Florida Frat Accused of Insulting Wounded War Vets

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    The University of Florida is investigating allegations that members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity spat at a group of disabled military veterans last weekend at a resort in Panama City Beach.  More>>

    Rare Shark Found in Gulf of Mexico

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    Think Jaws meets a kangaroo, with maybe a touch of cute kitten, and you've got the aptly named pocket shark - the newest and rarest species found off the U.S. coast. More>>

    Mapping Mobile Flooding

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    MAWSS tracks all its sewer overflows and sends reports to Mobile Baykeeper. We took that data and created an awesome interactive map.

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    Creameries Closing For Training, Cleaning

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     Blue Bell closing creameries in Texas, Oklahoma and Sylacauga, Alabama.

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    Shocking Number of Spice Cases in Mobile

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    Mobile County has seen a spike in spice-related emergency room cases in just the last month. More>>

    Marriage License Halt More Than An Inconvenience For Engaged Couples Video included

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    If you live in Mobile County and want to get a marriage license, you still have to leave the county.
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    Mobile Sports Hall of Fame Video included

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    Mobile Sports Hall of Fame welcomes coaches and athletes from football, baseball and golf. Sold out crowd at Battle House Hotel see six of Mobile's finest inducted. Randy Patrick has more. More>>

    2015 Starts With Less Murders Video included

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    More than 75 people showed up to the vigil for crime victims in Mobile County, an event in support of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. More>>

    Brownies Given To Baldwin County D.A. Test Positive For Pot Video included

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    State crime lab confirms brownies were laced with THC. More>>

    Cold Case Arrest Gives Hope to Rape Survivor Video included

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    A man arrested for his connection to a heinous 1994 rape will have his first apperance in court Friday, and that gives hope to a surviver of another unsolved rape case. More>>

    Snapper Fishermen Sue over Charter Boat Protection Video included

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    As the battle continues to extend red snapper fishing in the Gulf, there is now a legal battle going on among groups of recreational fishermen. More>>

    Band Causes "Widespread" Outrage in Orange Beach Video included

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    A concert by the band Widespread Panic at The Wharf Amphitheater is causing widespread outrage by city leaders in Orange Beach. They say it goes against everything the city stands for and the timing couldn't be worse.

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    The Two Faces of Marijuana Video included

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    The kind sold on the street is three times more potent today than 20 years ago, meanwhile certain ingredients are medically beneficial. More>>

    Sex Offender Arrested for Posing as School Bus Driver

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     Investigators say the man took the bus and then tried to pick up children on the route. More>>

    Spice Making Hundreds Sick In Mobile County

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    Statewide, 469 people sought treatment and 2 died in Alabama between March 15 and April 20 after smoking spice.   
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    Gulf Coast Cold Case Solved After 41 Years

    Delores Gonzales pictured in 1973. Delores Gonzales pictured in 1973.
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    Alabama authorities say remains found 41 years ago match a missing person case in Gulfport , Mississippi. More>>

    Florida Goes After Prostitute "Johns"

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    Lawmakers crack down on Floridians who solicit prostitutes.
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    Petraeus Sentenced to 2 Years' Probation for Military Leak

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    Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, has been sentenced to two years' probation and a $100,000 fine for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. More>>

    Study: UAB's Ended Football Program was Profitable

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    The University of Alabama at Birmingham's decision to end football, bowling and rifle was "ill advised from a net cash-flow perspective," according to a study released Thursday by a consulting firm fired by UAB last month to perform this task. More>>

    Robbery at Gunpoint: 2 Arrested

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    Two people have been arrested for an early morning robbery. It happened around 3 a.m. at the Motel 6 on the West I-65 Service Road. More>>

    Woman Killed by Train After Driving Around Crossing Gate

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    Alabama authorities have identified a woman who they say died when she tried to outrun a train. More>>

    BREAKING: Hostages and US Citizens Killed in Drone Strikes

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    A U.S. government official says two separate U.S. drone strikes killed the two hostages and two Americans who died in U.S. counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida targets in January. More>>

    MFRD And MPD Diversity Slow To Change Video included

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    Mobile introduced its first new firefighter class in two years this week. A closer look at the numbers shows public safety demographics are slow to change.

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    Police Make Arrest in 20 Year Old Rape Case, Grant Could Lead to More Video included

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    20 years after a horrific rape case, Mobile Police found and arrested the man they believe is responsible. More>>

    Mobile Greyhound Park Cuts Evening Races Video included

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    For the first time in Mobile Greyhound Park's history, its evening races have been cut.
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    New E.R. Could Be Built In Daphne Video included

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    Plans are underway to build a free-standing emergency department near Interstate 10 in Daphne. More>>

    Man O' War Along Baldwin Beaches Video included

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    An unwelcome visitor has arrived along Baldwin County beaches and they could turn your beach trip into a trip to the doctor.

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    Bentley Threatens Court System with Massive Cuts Video included

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    Mobile's District Attorney says her office can't take any more reductions. More>>

    ULTIMATE PHOTOBOMB: Sea Turtle Picture Goes Viral

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    An unusual picture has gone viral involving a group of swimmers and an extremely cute sea turtle. Diuvs de Jesus initially shared the photo on his blog. More>>

    Scambuster: Fake U.S. Marshal Demands Money Video included

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    A scammer acting as a Marshal or deputy with the Sheriff's Office calls and demands money for missing jury duty or tells you there's a warrant for your arrest. More>>

    Medical Marijuana Bill Passed by Senate Committee in Alabama

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    The Senate Judiciary Committee has narrowly approved a bill to allow medicinal marijuana in Alabama. More>>

    Councilman Suggests Boycotting Advertisers Video included

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    While the Mobile City Council once again delayed a vote on a measure to limit the distribution of handbills, one councilman is suggesting a more direct response.  More>>

    Alabama Driver's License Fees Will Not Go Down

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    A House committee blocked an effort to reverse a recent increase in the cost of on Alabama driver license.  More>>

    2-Year-Old Girl Tests Positive for Cocaine

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    Mobile Police say a young baby girl has tested positive for cocaine. More>>

    Report Shows IRS Hung Up On 8 Million Taxpayers

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    The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services. More>>

    Governor Bentley Outlines Budget Cuts Video included

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    Robert Bentley throws down the gauntlet on the budget.  A memo lists possible drastic budget cuts.   More>>

    No Closures for Alabama State Parks, For Now

    The plan to close 15 out of 22 Alabama State Parks is on hold for now in MOntgomery. The closures are associated with a massive budget shortfall. The plan to close 15 out of 22 Alabama State Parks is on hold for now in MOntgomery. The closures are associated with a massive budget shortfall.
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    New developments involving Alabama's budget crisis and the possible closure of state parks. More>>

    Parents Accused of Leaving Infant Daughter in Car

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    Police say a man and woman left their 11-month old daughter alone in a locked car while they shopped at a southwest Florida Wal-Mart. More>>

    Juvenile Gun Crimes Down Despite Causey Middle School Incident Video included

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    A Causey Middle School student is in custody after he brought a loaded gun to class in his backpack. More>>

    Baldwin County D.A. Fined Again For Noisy Dog Violation

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    Hallie Dixon says she only knows of one neighbor who's complained about her dogs excessively barking. More>>

    Baldwin DA Fined in Court Video included

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    A judge in Baldwin County has found DA Hallie Dixon guilty of violating the animal ordinance in Daphne. More>>

    Why is Blue Bell Recalling Everything? Video included

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    What you need to know if you've been eating Blue Bell ice cream, up until now.
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    Boat Crash Victim Talks Only to News Five Video included

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    A Fairhope couple will never forget a family fishing trip to Orange Beach and for all the wrong reasons.  More>>

    1 Wounded, 1 Arrested in Shooting at Kia Plant in Georgia

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     The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon inside the auto plant near the Georgia-Alabama state line. More>>

    Meyer is Looking to Hire 300

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    Meyer Vacation Rentals will host job fairs on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2. More>>

    All-Day Telethon For Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama

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    You can call and donate at any time today

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    Underwater Robots Compete in Mobile Video included

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    It was an aquatic battle of underwater robots, driven by students across our region. More>>

    VIRAL: Kid Shouts "ROLL TIDE!" During Wedding Kiss Video included

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    It's the video of an Alabama wedding that's gone viral across the country. More>>

    Loaded Gun Found at Causey Middle School

    A student brought a gun to Causey Middle School. A student brought a gun to Causey Middle School.
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    A Causey Middle School student was arrested and suspended from school Tuesday for bringing a gun to school. More>>

    Robertsdale Man Charged With Rape of 14-Year-Old

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    Robertsdale Police have arrested a 25-year-old man for the rape of a teen. Investigators say Casterdral Williams, Junior, was in a sexual relationship with an underage girl. They say she was only 14-years-old. More>>

    Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama Telethon at News 5 Video included

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    New research shows both parents are now working to provide for the family. Six out of every 10 households with children have all parents working outside the home.So, the need for childcare is extremely important.Many parents in Mobile County see the Boys and Girls Club as an answer to their prayers.Students can be picked up at school and then dropped off at their local boys and girls club.Many of the locations stay open until 7:00 p.m.Staff members go through background checks and safety is a... More>>

    12-Year-Old Charged With Making Bomb Threat at 2 Schools

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    A 12-year-old Alabama boy is headed to court after police say he videotaped himself making terrorist threats at two schools. More>>

    Kraft Mac & Cheese Shedding The Dyes

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    This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors. More>>

    Body of Max Maisel Found in Lake Ontario

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    The search for a missing college student with ties to Mobile comes to a tragic end. More>>

    Local Psychiatric Hospital Loses Medicaid Funding Video included

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    Hundreds may be losing mental health services at a time when they need it most.

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    Widow Feels Great Loss 5 Years After Deepwater Explosion Video included

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    Sherri Revette says her husband, Dewey, was a good man, a great man, a loved man.

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    Confirmed: Tornadoes Source of Damage in Weekend Storms

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    The National Weather Service has confirmed that tornadoes were responsible for damage to trees and buildings during storms over the weekend. More>>

    Blue Bell Initiates Nationwide Recall of All Products

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    Blue Bell recalls all products. More>>

    Alabama Woman Joins Islamic State in Syria

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    A 20-year-old woman fled a Birmingham suburb to join Islamic State militants in Syria. More>>

    Widow of Oil Rig Worker Discusses Explosion 5 Years Later Video included

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    Sherri Revette recalls how she learned of her husband's death. More>>

    Where is the BP RESTORE Act Money? Video included

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    Five years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Alabama is still waiting for its share of BP Clean Water Act fine money. More>>

    Bama Coast "Incredibly lucky" Video included

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    Now that we've had some time to step back and take it all in, Ben Raines has a perspective that many people share. There's no doubt we were impacted by the BP Oil Spill but we didn't get wiped out.

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    Five Years After BP Disaster, Still Concerns Video included

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    It took the oil weeks to get to Baldwin County beaches. That was enough time to think of every worse case scenarios there is. Five years later, there are still concerns.

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    New Bridge Opens in Gulf Shores

    The new bridge over Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores, Alabama is complete. The $12 million project is along Highway 182 near the beaches. The new bridge over Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores, Alabama is complete. The $12 million project is along Highway 182 near the beaches.
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    A big construction headache is over for beach visitors and locals in Gulf Shores. The replacement bridge at Little Lagoon Pass opens tomorrow. More>>

    Big Changes For Kraft Mac & Cheese

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    This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors. More>>

    Man Bites Off Victim's Bottom Lip

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    A bizarre arrest for a police officer in Mobile. More>>

    Cocaine Valued at $600,000 Washes Ashore in Destin

    A big bundle of cocaine washed ashore in Destin, Florida on Sunday, April 19. Investigators say the bundle is worth $600,000 on the street. A big bundle of cocaine washed ashore in Destin, Florida on Sunday, April 19. Investigators say the bundle is worth $600,000 on the street.
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    A strange discovery on the beaches of Okaloosa County, Florida. More than just shells and sand washed ashore in Destin. More>>

    Gulf Oil Spill-What's Changed

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    5 years after BP spill: What's changed in offshore drilling More>>

    Academy Of Country Music Awards Winners

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    Lambert wins 4, but Luke Bryan takes top prize at ACM Awards More>>

    5 Years After Spill Seafood Industry Working to Regain Sea Legs Video included

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    5 years after the disaster the Alabama Seafood Industry is still a little beat up, but it's also seeing growth.
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    Church Funds Four Fresh Water Wells In Africa Video included

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    Dauphin Way United Methodist Church donated the money otherwise spent on soft drinks and starbucks and instead raised nearly $30,000 for the group Water282.

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    Strong Storms Hit Southeast Alabama

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    Strong storms overnight left their mark across parts of central Alabama More>>

    Vinyl Is Back In A Big Way In Mobile Video included

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    New and limited edition records hit the shelves today at Mobile Records in an event that was commemorated with live music and fellowship. More>>

    Surfrider Hosts Public Training to Identify Tar Balls Video included

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    With the completion of all government-led efforts to report tarballs on the Gulf Coast, the Surfrider Foundation hosted their first seminar in Alabama to train the public on how to take on the responsibility. More>>

    Gulf Shores Boils up Lip-Smacking Good Time Despite the Rain Video included

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    Drenched and dancing, a crowd of revelers toted their umbrellas to the first ever Waterway Village Zydeco And Crawfish Festival in Gulf Shores. More>>

    Slight Risk of Severe Weather

    Slight Risk of Severe Weather

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    There's a slight risk of severe weather mainly tonight into early Sunday as a warm front lifts north and then a cold front plows into all the moisture that's in place. The concerns involve the usual suspects: damaging winds, hail, lightning strikes, and even an isolated tornado. More>>

    Litter Trap Standing Up To Heavy Rain

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    After the week's deluge, we checked in with the litter trap on Eslava Creek at Holcomb Avenue. More>>

    Exploring the Mobile River Delta: Part 3 Video included

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    This is part 3 of the series Exploring the Delta. In our first two episodes, we looked at the marshy southern Mobile River Delta and the transitional middle Delta.  More>>

    Exploring the Mobile River Delta: Part 2 Video included

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    In part two of a three part series, we head into the middle Delta for wild food and a 5000-year-old suburb. More>>

    Exploring the Mobile River Delta: Part 1 Video included

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    It's as big as Great Smoky Mountains national park, it's one of the wildest places in America, and it's right at our doorstep. The Mobile River Delta is a fascinating place that few of us have explored. More>>

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    • Plain Gardening: Eliminating Scale

      Plain Gardening: Eliminating Scale

      Friday, April 24 2015 2:26 PM EDT2015-04-24 18:26:34 GMT

      At first glance, Scale looks like a part of a plant, but it's actually an insect that can cause serious problems. This is how to safely get rid of it.

      At first glance, Scale looks like a part of a plant, but it's actually an insect that can cause serious problems. This is how to safely get rid of it.

    • Plain Gardening: Oak Pollen

      Plain Gardening: Oak Pollen

      Friday, April 10 2015 2:33 PM EDT2015-04-10 18:33:54 GMT
      Gardening expert Bill Finch had me looking in the live oak canopy for oak flowers…he swears they exist, but I didn't see a one.
      Gardening expert Bill Finch had me looking in the live oak canopy for oak flowers…he swears they exist, but I didn't see a one.
    • Plain Gardening: Rhododendrons

      Plain Gardening: Rhododendrons

      Friday, April 3 2015 2:35 PM EDT2015-04-03 18:35:18 GMT
      It's azalea season along the Gulf Coast. Did you know they're in the same family as rhododendrons? Lots of folks here think we can't grow the kind of rhododendrons that do so well up north…but a walk through the Mobile Botanical Gardens will prove otherwise.
      It's azalea season along the Gulf Coast. Did you know they're in the same family as rhododendrons? Lots of folks here think we can't grow the kind of rhododendrons that do so well up north…but a walk through the Mobile Botanical Gardens will prove otherwise.
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