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Chris Pow/al.comConstruction has been halted on a replacement for Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa while the Alabama Department of Mental Health reconsiders its restructuring plan.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A plan to close most of the state's mental hospitals is being reconsidered and construction has been put on hold on a new hospital in Tuscaloosa, officials announced Wednesday. 

Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Zelia Baugh said at an ADMH board meeting in Montgomery that they're putting the brakes on a plan first announced almost a month ago. That plan would have closed Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hos­pital in Montgmery, North Alabama Regional Hospital in Decatur and Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon by Sept. 30 and eliminated almost 950 employee positions.


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 The Freedom Source aims to help people with drug and alcohol addictions
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Freedom Source is a relatively new nonprofit organization in Birmingham that provides hope and help to individuals and families trying to find solutions for drug and alcohol addiction.

The organization was born out of the frustrating search by one family to find drug and alcohol addiction service providers in the Birmingham metro area, according to its website. The Freedom Source became a reality in 2008 and to date has served more than 1,500 clients.



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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --Another man has been charged in connection with "Green Giant," the federal, state and local law enforcement operation aimed at shutting down an illegal drive-through drug operation in Brighton.

The charge came after seven of the 18 defendants in the case identified him as a large-scale drug dealer.



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