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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Birmingham.

Friday
Aug292014

UAB Gets $19 Million Grant for Study on Hypertension in Pregnancy

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been awarded a $19.31 million grant for a study on chronic hypertension in pregnancy.

The grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will go to the university's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Biostatistics to coordinate the Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy Project (CHAP), UAB said in a statement.

"Everyone knows chronic hypertension causes serious and sometimes life-threatening complications for the pregnant woman and her baby, but no one really knows how best to manage the condition during pregnancy," Dr. Alan Tita, CHAP's principal investigator/project director, said in a statement.


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Friday
Aug292014

Cops: Pair Held After Leading Officers on Chase in Stolen Car

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Two teenagers were arrested Thursday after allegedly leading officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, officers tried to pull over a vehicle around 4 p.m. on Center Point Parkway, however, the driver allegedly refused to stop, and sped off instead. This led to officers pursuing the vehicle, which was discovered as stolen in Birmingham.

Officials said the driver -- identified as 19-year-old Roderick Lee Sharpe III -- and passenger later exited the vehicle.

Sharpe was taken into custody. The passenger, a 17-year-old boy, initially fled, but was later arrested. Both suspects face various charges.


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Friday
Aug292014

Police Investigating Stabbing in Decatur

(DECATUR, Ala.) -- Police are investigating a Friday morning stabbing in Decatur.

The Decatur Police Department reports that a man was found around 1 a.m. suffering from a knife wound at 417 3rd Avenue.

The victim, identified as 49-year-old Micheal Lyn Smith, was taken to Huntsville Hospital for surgery.

Police say a suspect in custody. The investigation is ongoing.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Update: Wanted Huntsville Woman is in Custody

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Authorities have captured a Huntsville woman who was wanted for theft and possessing a forged instrument.

Torya Catrice Washington, also known as Torya Jones, is now in custody, the Decatur Police Department said late Thursday morning.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Warrior Woman Accused of Stealing over $200,000 from Employer

(HOOVER, Ala.) -- Hoover Police have arrested a Warrior woman for allegedly stealing over $200,000 from her employer.

Rebecca Ann Higginbotham was arrested Tuesday, and charged with seven counts of second-degree forgery, six counts of first-degree theft of property, and one count of second-degree theft of property.

Police said while working at the Accounts Receivable department for Birmingham Internal Medicine Associates in Hoover, Higginbotham allegedly stole and forged at least 135 checks and diverted them to her personal accounts. The alleged acts were committed between 2007 and 2014, according to officials.


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