Hundreds of Alabama bridges are structurally deficient

Monday - May 23, 2011

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Some bridges in Alabama - that are traveled regularly - are more than 100 years old! More than 1,300 bridges in the state are structurally deficient...that's the same designation given to the bridge that collapsed in Minnesota killing 13 people four years ago.  What's being done about the problem here?  Find out tonight at 10.

There was an empty chair in the crowd of teens in their caps and gowns tonight - celebrating Wetumpka High School's graduation.  The empty chair belonged to a classmate who was shot and killed after being taken hostage by an ex-boyfriend in December.  We'll take you to the ceremony that remembered the fallen classmate.

The state of Alabama knows what the folks in Joplin, Missouri are going through after yesterday's powerful tornado leveled most of the town. Be watching for our story on the rescue phase of the disaster.

And, the Auburn group "Toomers for Tuscaloosa" formed to help the city after the devastating storms on April 27th - now setting its sights on the storm victims in Joplin. 

All of this, sports and an updated forecast with some rain in the general vicinity of the weekend....starting at 10 on WSFA 12 News. 

Hope you'll join us.

Bob H.