Melanie Hogan

News Reporter I

Melanie cut her teeth as a work study student working in the areas of news reporting and announcing.  After graduating from Alabama State University, she also worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV.  Her professional achievements include News Reporter of the year in 2010 and 2011 by the Alabama Broadcasters Association.  She is a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists and says her goal is to continually grow as a dynamic journalist. 

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The state of Alabama is offering a $5,000 reward for information about the missing stepdaughter of Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Walt Harris.

The governor's office announced the reward for information about 19-year-old Aniah Haley Blanchard.

A statement says the money is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Police initially said there wasn't any indication of foul play but now say it's possible.

A federal judge has blocked an Alabama abortion ban that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law, which would have called for a sentence of 10 years to life in prison for the abortion provider.

Alabama legislators approved the measure this year, hoping to mount a court challenge to abortion rights. Abortion providers sued to stop the law from going into effect next month.

Police say they will charge two people in the death of a 3-year-old Kamille McKinney, the Alabama girl whose body was found amid trash 10 days after being kidnapped outside a birthday party.

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith told a news conference that 39-year-old Patrick Devone Stallworth and his 29-year-old girlfriend, Derick Irisha Brown, will be charged with kidnapping and capital murder in the death of McKinney, called "Cupcake" by relatives.

 State officials toured a state prison the corrections commissioner says illustrates the state's problem with aging facilities. It also shows the state's ongoing problems with understaffing.

The Governor's Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy on Tuesday toured Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore.

The maximum-security inmate houses more than 1,000 inmates in facilities originally designed for about 500.

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Oct 21, 2019

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee says state Democrats should follow bylaws adopted earlier this month and urged the state party chair to get on board with them.

D-N-C Chair Tom Perez delivered the message in a Saturday letter to Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley.

Perez said a set of bylaws adopted Oct. 5 by a group of state committee members is "binding on the party." Worley has contended the Oct. 5 meeting was illegitimate. She held a meeting on Oct. 12 where different bylaws were adopted.

Alabama authorities say they've arrested a 16-year-old boy in a shooting that left two people dead this summer.

Montgomery police say the youth is being charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of 21-year-old Jacquez Hall and 24-year-old Justin Martin.

He was arrested by a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force on Tuesday.

His bail is set at $333,000.

Three more people were wounded in the shooting, which happened in the 800 block of University Drive on Aug. 15.

Police say investigators believe it occurred during a drug deal.

The Alabama State University's marching band is taking its talents to the NFL. The Mighty Marching Hornets will be playing during halftime of the Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams game Oct. 20. Media outlets report Band Director Dr. James Oliver says an NFL entertainment scout contacted him, saying they were impressed with the band, including the musicians' talent and the choreography executed on the field.

Voters in Alabama's capital have elected the first black mayor in the city's 200-year history. Probate Judge Steven Reed won Tuesday's runoff election by a wide margin over David Woods, a white businessman.

Reed will be the first African American mayor of the city where Southern delegates voted to form the Confederacy in 1861.

Unofficial returns showed Reed capturing 67% of the vote with most precincts reporting.

 

More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report shows extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle. Lesser drought conditions also have expanded in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Alabama Ethics Commission has voted to refer a complaint against Montgomery Sen. David Burkette to the Montgomery County District Attorney for review.

A local media outlet reports it was not immediately clear Wednesday what the complaint entailed, or when the alleged offense occurred.

Burkette's attorney declined to discuss the allegations saying Sen. Burkette looks forward to the opportunity to show that he has not committed any crime or intentionally violated the law.

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