An apparent case of road rage led to an exchange of gunfire on Interstate 20 Thursday morning.
It all began about 7:30 a.m. on I-20 westbound just before the Interstate 459 south ramp. The victim – a 22-year-old man from Pell City – told Irondale the suspect cut off him off and then continued the harassment.
A short time later, the victim said, the motorist pulled out what looked like an AK-47 and opened fire. The victim pulled his own gun and returned shots, said Irondale police Det. Sgt. Michael Mangina.
The victim was not injured, but police have found at least nine bullet holes in his Nissan. The passenger side window also was shot out, and there was a passenger in the vehicle at the time.
TVA has re-opened the dam for very limited public tours. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the tours filled very quickly and no more are scheduled for the immediate future.
Access to the interior of the dam has not been available since the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. The new tours are a pilot program to get people back in the dam.
For decades after its construction, the powerhouse of the dam was open to the public. You could go in just about anytime you wanted. The same was true for the top of the dam, where people could walk across. But it all changed due to the security risks after 9/11.
Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said large tariffs on imported automobiles and parts — and potential counter tariffs imposed by other countries — could lead to lost jobs in Alabama.
Canfield said his office will continue to communicate to President Donald Trump’s administration that possible 25 percent tariffs would hurt the state.
Trump has asked the U.S. Commerce Department to study the tariffs on national security grounds, hoping to bring back jobs, The Associated Press reported this week. But industry experts and analysts say the increased costs will raise prices, hurt sales and bring layoffs. Already, the U.S. has imposed tariffs on some Chinese-made autos and parts, but extending them to Canada and Mexico would hurt the industry more.
"Frontier Airlines will begin direct flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on April 11, the airline announced today. Frontier Airlines will start by offering direct service to Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia from Birmingham. Introductory prices will start at $39."
"At 87, Clint Eastwood is not only trying new things, he’s trying daring new things, and his new film 15:17 to Paris represents one of the most audacious gambits of his career. To dramatize the tale of three Americans who tackled and subdued a heavily armed Islamist terrorist on a train out of Amsterdam in 2015, Eastwood cast the young men, none of whom had professional acting experience, as themselves. It’s a decision with little precedent in the entire history of motion pictures."
WATCH: Birmingham CEO Mike Herron talks Non-Fiction Coffee and loving God, people through great coffee
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with Mike Herron, CEO of Non-Fiction Coffee.
Mike is the Owner of Non-Fiction Coffee, a company that is focused on loving God and loving people while brewing great java at the same time.
The company is designed to support farmers live better lives as they get paid more to sell their coffee beans, therefore bettering their way of life in Honduras. Mike is a serial entrepreneur who loves God and he has had much business success throughout his career in the medical and pharmaceutical industry.
Mike shares his faith, struggles he has faced, and how he has overcome these things and grown in his walk with the Lord.
— All the material success in the world won’t buy you happiness. Only a relationship with Jesus can fill the whole in your heart.
— When we walk in our purpose, life becomes so much more fulfilling.
— No matter how long it takes us to figure out the first two points, God is always waiting and He will patiently until we decide to follow him. He is so good and He will never force us to submit to His ways. He will continue to show Himself to us, we just have to pay attention.
WATCH: Huntsville voters share some surprising thoughts on primary elections
Alabama voters went to the polls June 5 to vote in primaries that will decide Republican and Democrat candidates who will battle it out for offices including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and more.
Yellowhammer News spoke with Huntsville voters, some of whom gave some pretty surprising answers when asked, “Who did you vote for?”
Three themes emerged among the voters interviewed:
— Mayor Tommy Battle is a local hero.
— Multiple voters didn’t decide who to vote for until they were filling out their ballot.
— For some, this election wasn’t about a specific candidate; rather, the right and “civic duty” to vote.
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WATCH: Barry Moore discusses an extremely difficult time in his life and how God guided him through it
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson sits down with Barry Moore to discuss his faith, family, and an extremely difficult time in his life where God guided and protected him.
Barry Moore is a businessman and an Alabama legislator who loves God and serves him in all aspects of his life. He is a husband, father, and follower of Christ. He has been successful in business and loves to serve people and recently he felt called to higher office. He is running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Marth Roby in the Republican primaries Tuesday.
WATCH: Hancock Construction owner, president shares how faith affects life and business
Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose with Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sits down with Mark Hancock to discuss how faith has guided him in his life and business and how God lead him into his current role.
Mark is the owner and president of Hancock Construction, a leading residential and commercial construction firm in Birmingham. Mark is a great leader, husband, father, and businessman but most importantly, he is a follower of Christ.
WATCH: Rep. Gary Palmer on growing up ‘dirt poor’ in Alabama and what led him into politics
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with U.S. Congressman Gary Palmer to discuss how he lives with character and conviction in a place that tends to lack both traits.
Gary Palmer was born and raised “dirt poor” in Alabama without indoor plumbing and says it hit him one day when he was walking through the White House that he had gone “from the outhouse to the White House,” and called his mother from a hallway to share the humorous moment.
“You’re not defined by where you start,” Palmer said he often tells young people who come from difficult backgrounds. “I really believe God has a call on everybody’s life and you never know what it is. It might be in one of your children or grandchildren, but the whole thing is to trust that God is directing your life and to allow him to unlock what is in you.”
Palmer serves with servant leadership as the 6th District Representative for Alabama and is a huge proponent for a strong family and constitutional principles. He also has a heart for raising up young leaders and wants to see future statesmen, not politicians, emerge in our country. He has been shot at for his beliefs and still does not back down in the face of danger to his person or career.
VIDEO: Alabama Gov. Ivey’s killer one-liner at Yellowhammer Women of Impact Awards
Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey and top female leaders from across the state gathered in Birmingham last month as honorees at Yellowhammer Multimedia’s inaugural Women of Impact Awards held at Ross Bridge Renaissance Resort & Spa.
National media personality Dr. Gina Loudon emceed the standing-room-only event, saying Alabama will always be her “sweet home” after she worked as a radio host in Birmingham.
WATCH the 3 min. video to see Gov. Ivey give the best one-liner of the evening:
— Is this the week they FINALLY nail Donald Trump? (SPOILER: No)
State Representative Will Ainsworth joins Jackson and Burke to discuss the his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor and his controversial bill that would allow trained teachers to carry in Alabama schools.
Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at Democrats who keep talking about Roy Moore after GOP voters rejected him.
VIDEO: Planet Fundraiser CEO left his comfortable job to be with dying dad — led to him starting his first business
In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sit down with Kasey Birdsong, founder and CEO of Planet Fundraiser; a startup tech company that helps organizations and merchants streamline the endless fundraising process.
Birdsong is a serial entrepreneur, a husband, a father, and a follower of Christ. Planet Fundraiser is his third business although he is still relatively young. He shares his journey of leaving a job to be with his dad while he was dying, which ultimately led to him starting his first business. Birdsong opens up about his successes, his failures, and how he continues to pursue his passion with purpose.
1) No matter how many businesses you have started or been a part of, there will always be struggles when you are launching something new. Keep going anyway.
2) Times get extremely difficult sometimes when you are a business owner and you have to surround yourself with a strong network that will support you and allow you to be transparent. If you don’t, the effects can be deadly.
3) Sometimes you can see a solution to a problem and bring it to market that will help so many people and make money at the same time. This is a win-win in business. Whatever you are selling should be beneficial for all parties if you truly want to achieve success.