Thursday, July 24 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:22:38 GMT
The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.More >>
A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.More >>
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Scam artists are targeting customers of the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, or CAEC, according to company officials.CAEC is issuing an alert to its members, as well as the general public, to be awareMore >>
The phone rings and the caller demands payment and threatens to shut off your power if you don't hand over bank or credit card information. Central Alabama Electric Cooperative and other Alabama co-ops are having it happen to customers and they don't want others to fall prey to con artists. More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:08:41 GMT
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David Hall and Tony Helms watched closely as Geneva County voting officials canvassed votes from last Tuesday. It took less than an hour for the votes to be certified and Helms to be officially declaredMore >>
David Hall announced on Wednesday that he will not ask for a recount and has conceded the race to Tony Helms.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:02:18 GMT
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The new Smashburger in Prattville is just the first of many new businesses headed to the River Region. Two new stores and a restaurant are also coming to the High Point Town Center. So how did the cityMore >>
The new Smashburger in Prattville is just the first of many new businesses headed to the River Region.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - CT scans have revolutionized medicine. They allow doctors to see inside the human body and diagnose problems without invasive surgery.
"You can see stones, bruises on the brain, even locate tumors and blockages," explained Baptist Medical Center South's Kelly Putnam.
Putnam is Baptist South's Radiation Safety Coordinator. He showed us his hospital's newest CT scanner, which generates an amazing 64 slices of the human body in just one second.
But that added imagery equals added radiation. Research shows one CT scan is equivalent to as many 500 regular chest X-rays.
You got a little bit too much...
Becky Coudert was one of dozens of patients at a Huntsville hospital who were told they received "elevated levels" of radiation during CT scans. She says it caused hair loss, headaches and memory loss.
"Eventually I was told, you got a little bit too much," she recalls.
Her hair grew back, but she still wonders what is going on inside her body.
"We are not informed. None of us knows that we are getting so much." Coudert warns. "When we have a cat scan, no one knows how dangerous it is."