Justice Department Announces Investigation into Alabama Department of Public Health and Lowndes County Health Department

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that it has opened an environmental justice investigation into the wastewater disposal and infectious disease and outbreaks programs of the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Lowndes County, Alabama, Health Department.

The investigation, which will be conducted by the Civil Rights Division, will examine whether […]

ALEA’s Statement Concerning Thanksgiving Shootings at Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala.

Emantic Bradford Jr. has been identified as the 21-year-old man shot

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) received a request Friday, Nov. 23, from Tenth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Mike Anderton to investigate two shooting incidents that occurred Thursday, Nov. 22, at the Riverchase Galleria in the Jefferson County, […]


MONTGOMERY–Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Quenton Wesley, a former bailiff in the District Court for Tuscaloosa County, pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating the Alabama Ethics Act. Specifically, Wesley admitted to intentionally using his office or position for personal gain. Wesley’s plea in Tuscaloosa Circuit Court Wednesday follows his removal from […]


(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the claims period is now open for eligible Alabama consumers, who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service, to apply for compensation as the result of a multi-state settlement with the company earlier this year.


Troopers to begin enforcing new Uninsured Motorists Law on Wednesday, Nov. 1

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is set to begin enforcing the Alabama Mandatory Liability Insurance Law (Act#2016-361). Last year, during the 2016 legislative session, the law was passed and signed by the Governor to mandate all Alabama motorists have liability insurance. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1, those who choose to drive without liability […]


MONTGOMERY—Attorney General Steve Marshall called on Alabamians to observe October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by recognizing the terrible costs of lives lost and damaged, celebrating and honoring those who have struggled and survived, and supporting those who dedicate themselves to assist and advocate for victims of this tragic crime.

“Public awareness is […]

New Law Modernizes Regulation of Money Transfers

MONTGOMERY-(August 16, 2017) The Alabama Legislature passed SB173/HB215 during the last week of the General Session on May 17, 2017 and Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law which became effective on August 1, 2017.

State Senator Arthur Orr (R), 3rd District and Representative Ken […]

Health officials warn of increased pertussis cases in Alabama


The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Immunization Division is warning citizens that pertussis cases are significantly higher in Alabama and continue to be on the rise. Immunization data reveals an increase from 113 reported cases in 2016, to 151 reported cases thus far in 2017. Pertussis cases have occurred statewide in 2017, […]

2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Starts Today

Alabama’s 12th Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 21, and end at midnight on Sunday, July 23. During the Legislature’s 2017 regular session, lawmakers voted to officially change the date, moving the sales tax holiday from the first weekend in August to the third weekend in July, allowing […]

Former Controller Sentenced to 1½ Years in Prison for Defrauding Fitness Company and Retail Store

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced the former controller for a Birmingham-based fitness center franchise and a subsequent retail store to 1½ years in prison for defrauding the companies out of more than $100,000, announced federal officials. U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins sentenced REBECCA FRITH, also known as Rebecca Wilson, 44, […]

Troopers Investigate 4 Traffic Fatalities, 2 Boating Fatalities during Memorial Day Weekend

MONTGOMERY — During the official Memorial Day holiday travel period — between 6 a.m. Friday, May 26, and midnight Monday, May 29 — Alabama State Troopers investigated four traffic fatalities, less than half of the 11 traffic fatalities Troopers investigated in 2016 for the same extended holiday. Troopers also investigated two boating fatalities, compared […]

ALL GAVE SOME. SOME GAVE ALL..The Shoals Insider salutes those brave men and women this Memorial Day.

There’s Nothing Wrong with Playing during Spring Break – as Long as You Play it Safe

MONTGOMERY — Spring Break is all about relaxation and recreation, but the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) urges everyone to play it safe.


Michigan Man Arrested for Alleged Violations of Alabama Securities Act

MONTGOMERY-Authorities announced that Robert Craig Rudder of Warren, Michigan, was arrested on Feb. 28, 2017 by the Special Operations Unit of the Warren, Michigan Police Department, under the direction of Deputy Commissioner, Matthew Nichols. Rudder’s arrest stems from an October, 2016 Jefferson County, Alabama Grand Jury indictment charging him with multiple violations of the […]


MONTGOMERY– Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announced Wednesday that Alabama has joined a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that six generic drug-makers entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two generic drugs.


Authorities announce arrest of nursing home employees on neglect charges after patient suffers ant bites

Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announced the recent arrests of three former employees of Cherokee Health and Rehab nursing home in Centre for the neglect of an 84-year-old resident of the facility. Michele Curry, 42, of Centre, was arrested this morning and has been released on bond. Kacey Allen, 28, also of Centre, and […]

Quit the spit during ‘Through With Chew Week’


The Alabama Department of Public Health encourages smokeless tobacco users to quit the spit during “Through With Chew Week,” February 17-23.

The education campaign to decrease spit tobacco use and increase awareness of the negative health effects of using these products is an annual event begun in 1989 by the American Academy of […]

Effects of Drought Continue to Plague Trees across State

Trees are dying. The question is, why? Although the rainfall during December and January relieved much of the drought and related wildfire issues in Alabama, the harmful effects and complications associated with drought continue to plague the state’s forestlands. While exact economic impacts are unknown at this time, the losses may be significant according […]

Hard-Hitting Billboards Urge Hospitals to Protect Patients From Choking and Cancer Risk


Hard-hitting billboards and other advertisements are urging children’s hospitals in six cities, one in Birmingham, to protect patients from #HazardousHotDogs. Hot dogs should not be served to patients because they are the No. 1 choking risk for children and are linked to high risk of colon cancer says the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of […]