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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather


    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower


    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships


    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

4 months ago

Live blog — Super Tuesday

The state of Alabama is voting Tuesday, March 3. Follow along for live coverage throughout the day regarding the primaries for president, U.S. Senate and more, including Amendment One.

Polls close at 7:00 p.m.


Update 10:21:

Sessions in speech to supporters: “I have some terrible news for Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer: Doug Jones’ brief visit in the United States Senate is just about over.”

Update 10:20:
AP calls some races in Alabama.

Update 10:15:
Byrne not conceding just yet, but will accept the results.

Update 10:03:

Update 10:00:

Someone’s coffee wore off.

Update 9:57:

Story: Amendment One rejected by Alabama voters by wide margin

Update 9:49:

From Gina Maiola, press secretary for Governor Kay Ivey, on Amendment One’s failure:

Amendment One was a bold and ambitious effort to transform our state’s public schools. Governor Ivey was willing to step out and support this idea because she firmly believed leadership – and change – started with the Board itself. Tonight, however, it appears the fear of losing the right to elect our State School Board members was greater than the confidence we had that fundamental change could be made. While disappointed, the governor’s resolve to improve our public education system remains intact. Amendment One is not where her plans for education stop, and you’ll see her continue to be more innovative and creative with her approach to improving Alabama.

Update 9:39:
Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh shines on Super Tuesday.

Update 9:27:

It’s a no from Alabama on Amendment One.

Update 9:25:

The scene at Tuberville’s watch party:

Update 9:16
The Riverboat Gambler looking strong so far.

Update 9:02:

Mo all smiles after beating Lewis.

Update 9:00:

Mo Brooks blows out Chris Lewis.

Update 8:49:

Looking like a no on Amendment One.

Update 8:45:

Early numbers for some Alabama congressional races.

Update 8:42:
Sessions and Tuberville neck and neck.

Update 8:39:

Team Byrne still optimistic.

Update 8:33:
Story: Trump wins Alabama’s Republican presidential primary in rout

Update 8:12:

Just over 1% reporting, but a look at the GOP U.S. Senate race in Alabama:

Update 8:05:

Check out Yellowhammer News’ story on Biden winning in Alabama here.

Update 7:46:
Secretary of State John Merrill says Alabama had a 30-35% voter turnout for Super Tuesday.

Update 7:39:
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), who ran unopposed, released the following statement on the Alabama Senate primary:

Thanks to my friend, Jason Isbell, our One Alabama concert kicked off tonight by bringing people together to celebrate good music and unity and all that Alabamians have in common. That’s what our campaign is about — calling on all Alabamians to reject those that seek to divide us and come together as one Alabama to build a better future. As Alabama’s United States Senator, I’m focused on the kitchen table issues that affect all Alabamians, not divisive rhetoric or political pandering. I look forward to discussing issues like health care, education and supporting our military families with whoever wins the primary.

Update 7:36:

The RNC’s Kevin Knox issued the following statement regarding the 2020 Democratic primary in Alabama:

While President Trump cruised to victory in tonight’s Republican presidential primary, the 2020 Democrat field showcased nothing more than a mix of radical and socialist agendas that are despised by Alabamians. Super Tuesday cemented Alabama loudly and proudly as Trump country, with voters ready to defeat whichever socialist Democrat is chosen to face the president’s unprecedented record of success in November.

Update 7:32:
Trump has a message for Alabama:

Update 7:27:
In news that surprises absolutely nobody…

Update 7:24:
Black voters in Alabama overwhelmingly vote Biden.

Update 7:11:

Big swing for Biden?

Update 7:04:

That was fast. AP says Biden has won the Dem. primary in Alabama.

Update 7:00:
The polls are now closed. Kick back, relax and hit that refresh button often.

Update 6:41:
Sessions campaign watching the bigger counties

Update 6:30:

For live radio coverage of tonight’s results, listen to Yellowhammer’s Jeff Poor on Huntsville’s WVNN. Yellowhammer’s Sean Ross, Dale Jackson and Henry Thornton are all scheduled to be on, as well as others from around the state. Coverage begins at 7:00.

Listen below:

Update 6:20:

Byrne campaign keeping an eye on the smaller counties in the first district

1 year ago

Live blog: Inauguration Day

(U.S. DOD)

All eyes in Alabama are on Montgomery Monday, as Governor Kay Ivey and other officials elected to statewide constitutional offices will be sworn into office.

Stay tuned for live updates from the scene in Montgomery.


UPDATE 11:06:

UPDATE 11:00:
Infrastructure improvements coming?

UPDATE 10:58:
Ivey honoring her “hero”

UPDATE 10:52:

UPDATE 10:48:
Ivey acknowledges former state leaders, including former Senator and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

UPDATE 10:47:
Interesting observation

UPDATE 10:44:

UPDATE 10:41:

UPDATE 10:39:
Ivey officially sworn-in as Alabama governor

UPDATE 10:34:
Ainsworth now sworn-in

UPDATE 10:30
AG Steve Marshall has a moment of silence for fallen Birmingham Police Officer Wytasha Carter

UPDATE 10:25:

UPDATE 10:19
John Merrill sworn-in

UPDATE 10:17:
Rick Pate now sworn-in

UPDATE 10:15:
Swear-ins begin

UPDATE 10:14:
Video of Ivey’s introduction

UPDATE 10:09:
Good crowd

UPDATE 9:58:
Big names arriving

UPDATE 9:46:

Hello, former guvnah

UPDATE 9:36:

To prepare for Ivey’s inauguration, check out our recent articles on the governor:

1963 Wilcox County High School Yearbook prophecy: ‘Kay Ellen Ivey has just been elected governor!’

Ivey’s Gulf Coast celebration concludes statewide pre-inauguration tour

Montgomery gears up for Ivey inauguration

2 years ago

Live blog — Election Day

The state of Alabama is voting Tuesday, November 6. Follow along for Election Day coverage throughout the day regarding the race for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, supreme court, Congress, state Senate and more, including the amendment votes.


Update 11:35:
ALGOP chair Terry Lathan mocks Planned Parenthood for failing to have Amendment 2 stopped.

Update 10:51
See our story on Alabama Lieutenant Governor-elect Will Ainsworth here.

Update 10:27
Alabama Democratic Party still at odds with itself.

Update 10:22:
All four state amendments passed.

Also, see our Kay Ivey victory write-up by Sean Ross, who was at the scene, here.

Update 10:14:
Republican State Auditor Jim Zeigler defeated Democratic nominee Miranda Joseph.
Republican Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker over Democrat Judge Bob Vance.
Update 9:47
The Will to win. Republican Will Ainsworth defeats Democrat Will Boyd for lieutenant governor.

Update 9:45
Not called yet, but AG Steve Marshall is up big

Update 9:30:
Ivey takes the stage:

Update 9:24:
Feel the Byrne. Republican Bradley Byrne wins AL-1 over Democrat Robert Kennedy.

Update 9:12:
Ivey victory speech: “Alabama’s best days are just ahead of us.”
Update: 8:53
Down goes Isner. Republican Martha Roby defeats her Democratic counterpart Tabitha Isner in AL-2.

Update 8:49
‘Ello, guvnah. Kay Ivey defeats Walt Maddox.

Update 8:45
In other news, Alabama remains number one in the new College Football Playoff standings. Auburn is back in the top 25 at #24.
Update 8:43:
Mo’ Mo. AP calls it for Republican Mo Brooks in AL-5 over Peter Joffrion

Update 8:33
The New York Times and AP have called Republican Mike Rogers (AL-3) over his Democrat challenger Mallory Hagan.
The two have also called AL-6 in favor of Republican Gary Palmer over Democrat Danner Kline.

Update 8:24
AP calls it for Robert Aderholt, who beat Lee Auman 79-21 in Alabama’s 4th congressional district.

Update 8:14:
NBC News now projecting Ivey as the winner.

Update 8:12:
Nick Saban continues his winning streak…

Update 8:10:
Big crowd at the Governor Kay Ivey watch party.

Update 7:51:
The scene at the Attorney General Steve Marshall watch party:

Update 7:34:
Secretary of State John Merrill: No reports of voter suppression in Alabama.

Update 7:17
Fox News called the race already for Governor Kay Ivey (Only one percent has been counted).

Update 7:13
Alabama Democratic Party chair Nancy Worley says turnout around the state better this time around.

Update 7:00:
Polls are now closed. It’s go time.

Update 6:40:
Yellowhammer News’ Jeff Poor and Dale Jackson are joined by political scientist Dr. Waymon Burke in providing live video coverage and analysis of Election Day. Their live stream can be found here.

Before results start coming in, check out Yellowhammer News contributor Jeff Poor’s Five things to watch in Alabama on Election Day.

2 years ago

Birmingham Crisis Center sees uptick in calls following recent celebrity, high profile suicides — WBRC


With the high profile suicides of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, fashion designer Kate Spade, and, more locally, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s wife, Bridgette, dominating recent headlines, WBRC reports the Crisis Center in Birmingham has seen an increase in calls.

Marshall cited mental illness as part of his wife’s struggle, which he said ultimately led to her early death.


While the spike in calls is alarming, the Crisis Center told the station that it is good people are realizing there is a problem and are looking for help.

“We have seen our calls increase, not only because people are struggling, but because they want to help their friends that they think are struggling as well,” Meg McGlamery, Executive Director at the Crisis Center, told WBRC. “And so, the only good news from this is that people realize that they’re not the only ones feeling this way.”

Crisis Center in Birmingham offers mental health assistance and more on their website or over the phone at (205) 323-7777.