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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Former state legislator Pete Turnham, who was a force in the Alabama House of Representatives for decades, died Monday, he was 99-years-old.

His son, Joe Turnham confirmed his father's death.

Pete Turnham served 40 years in the Alabama Representatives. He was first elected in 1958 and retired in 1998.

The Auburn legislator was known as dean of the Alabama Legislature because of his lengthy service.

A World War II veteran, Turnham was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with Valor.

Alabama Power says it's reducing water releases from its hydroelectric dams because of a drought affecting the state.

The move is intended to prevent lakes from shrinking too much. But a statement from the utility says that without rain, water levels will still likely fall below normal on lakes including Weiss, Henry, Logan Martin, Harris, Martin and Smith.

Parts of the state haven't had substantial rainfall in weeks, and a federal assessment shows more than 80% of Alabama is abnormally dry or in a drought.

An Alabama woman accused of trying to run a deputy over has been identified and charged with attempted murder.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports 37-year-old Jacquetta Clarice Brown was also charged with theft of property Tuesday.

Sheriff Bill Franklin says Brown called 911 Sunday morning stating her vehicle was stuck off the roadway; when deputies arrived, they found an empty stolen vehicle.

The federal government is still investigating the brutal slaying of African-American teenager Emmett Till, whose death in 1955 helped spur the civil rights movement.

A Justice Department report issued to Congress about civil rights cold case investigations lists Till's killing as being among the unit's active cases.

The inquiry was reopened two years after a book indicated a key witness had lied. Till was killed hours after he whistled at a white woman.

An all-white jury in Mississippi acquitted two white men of murder charges.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she will receive treatment for a malignancy discovered on her lung.

Ivey said Thursday that the cancer is treatable and will not prevent her from serving as governor.

The 74-year-old says the spot was discovered in a routine exam. 

Ivey said she will have an outpatient procedure at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and then will have radiation treatments.

In a statement, Ivey says she feels lucky the cancer was caught early and "confident of God's plan and purpose for my life."

Authorities say a Tuscaloosa police officer has died and the wanted felon he was pursuing is in custody after a shootout.

A local news outlet reports 40-year-old officer Dornell Cousette had come to arrest a man who failed to appear in court on felony warrants. A bail bondsman was at the scene. The suspect ran inside a house instead and Cousette pursued him.

Tuscaloosa Interim Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said shots were fired, fatally wounding the officer.

Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley says Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is trying to beat "Alabama into submission" in their ongoing feud.  Worley on Tuesday responded to a Monday letter by Perez that said Alabama was failing to meet basic obligations.  She says there has been an "all-out attack" by those unhappy that she won last year's election for chair.  Worley says that includes U.S. Sen.

DNC Rebuke

Sep 10, 2019

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee says the Alabama Democratic Party has "fallen far short" of basic obligations to develop strategy and infrastructure and has chronically underperformed in almost every aspect of operation.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez delivered the rebuke in a letter outlining the state of challenges filed against the state party.  He said Alabama is the only state where monthly party development funds have been withheld because of problems.

Authorities in Alabama have released the name of a 70-year-old man who investigators believe fatally shot his son and then killed himself.

Walker County Coroner Joey Vick on Wednesday identified the men as 70-year-old David Michael King and 38-year-old Brandon King.

Deputies on Tuesday found the son shot to death in his bed. The father died later at a hospital.

Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith said deputies were called to the home after the father showed video of his deceased son to a woman who had been in a relationship with the son.

Authorities in Alabama have released the name of a 70-year-old man who investigators believe fatally shot his son and then killed himself.

Walker County Coroner Joey Vick on Wednesday identified the men as 70-year-old David Michael King and 38-year-old Brandon King.

Deputies on Tuesday found the son shot to death in his bed. The father died later at a hospital.

Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith said deputies were called to the home after the father showed video of his deceased son to a woman who had been in a relationship with the son.

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