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"God stepped in." Those words from a Fairfield police officer shot in the back of the head last week by suspected burglars. Hear his story, told to Ronda Robinson, in a FOX6 News exclusive.

Good morning from the FOX6 studio.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends all states ban cell phones and text messages while driving. What do you think? A proposed ban has failed several times in Alabama's legislative session.

Happening this morning in Hoover, the Alabama House and Senate Judiciary Committees hold hearings on a big problem for law enforcement. They look at ways to keep up with the ever-changing synthetic drug market. New ways for people to get high have created concern in homes, among the medical community and police. We talk with those involved in the strategy session at 7am.

Arielle Clay is following the next phase in rebuilding Pratt City. She joins us live this morning with a look at Birmingham's plans to develop single family homes complete with safe rooms.

Expect clouds to clear as the day gets started. Check out the high today: 70. Mickey Ferguson says rain is in the forecast tomorrow.

The president and first lady travel to North Carolina's Fort Bragg today to mark the end of the Iraq War.

Space is the Place: Huntsville firmly steps into the commercial space travel race. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan say they are building a giant airplane and spaceship to zip people and cargo into orbit. The plane will have a wingspan longer than a football field. It will carry a space capsule and booster rocket high into the air for launch. Testing is scheduled to take place in 5 years. Huntsville's Dynetics will play a key role in development.

You Decide 2012: The state campaign chairman for Newt Gingrich will file the papers this morning in Homewood to qualify him for Alabama's GOP ballot.

Earlier this week, we told you about a Birmingham-metro based apps developer. The folks from Motion Mobs join us in the studio with a few suggestions for smart phone/tablet apps for kids during the holidays.

Kelly Blue Book says Honda dominates the Top 5 list of most searched vehicles for 2011 on The Honda Civic leads the list followed by the Accord, Toyota Camry, Honda CR-V and Ford F-150.

Ask the Doctor: Today we get answers to your questions about pregnancy and choices mothers-to-be need to make about child birth. Join the conversation in the 8am hour.

Auburn OC Gus Malzhan is expected to be introduced as head coach of Arkansas State today.

Did you hear about Charles Barkley's new gig? He'll be a Weight Watchers spokesman.

Jeh Jeh Live! with a Cabaret Christmas at Virginia Samford Theatre.

Look who's cooking in the all new Good Day Kitchen: Ryan Merkel offers a new recipe with fresh Alabama Gulf shrimp.

Have a great Wednesday and thanks for making Good Day Alabama part of your morning.

Top Local Stories
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2 men plan to sue Syracuse over coach sex abuse

12/14/11 2:30 am

Jim Boeheim initially insisted two former Syracuse ball boys were lying when they accused his longtime assistant of molesting them.

Focus on Senate after House OKs payroll tax cut

12/14/11 2:10 am

A Republican payroll tax cut bill that sailed through the House despite a White House veto threat is dead on arrival in the Senate, and it will soon be time for talks on a final package, the Senate's top Democrat says.

Turn to alternative places to save money buying gifts

12/13/11 10:24 pm

This holiday season, some people avoid the malls and department stores for their sales.

Source: Malzahn to be coach at Arkansas State

12/13/11 10:20 pm

A person familiar with the negotiations says Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will be the next coach at Arkansas State.

Sandusky lawyer inadvertently touts gay sex line

12/13/11 10:00 pm

A lawyer for a former Penn State assistant football coach accused of molesting boys said Tuesday he didn't mean to refer to a gay sex phone line when he said anyone who believes university officials thought his client...

Sandusky waives right to preliminary hearing

12/13/11 9:54 pm

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach who is accused of molesting at least eight young boys, chose to waive a preliminary hearing just minutes after proceedings began.

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