BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- Blood testing for lead in children and pregnant women ran a little off track Thursday.
The Jefferson County Health Department and the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry planned to test for lead in the blood of children, six years old and younger and pregnant women in some North Birmingham Communities.
Only two children were brought in for testing during the four hour event.
The EPA Superfund division has tested the soil of about one thousand properties in Harriman Park, Collegeville and Fairmont communities looking to see how far and wide toxic contamination is.
Recent soil testing has revealed high levels of lead in more than one hundred properties in the area so far. High lead levels in the blood can lead to lower IQ scores, brain damage and learning disabilities.
A second and final testing will be held Tuesday, July 23rd at Harriman Park Community Center at 4347 F.L. Shuttlesworth Dr. Birmingham, AL. from 9 am to 1 pm.
Birmingham Councilwoman Maxine Parker hopes for a larger turnout for the second testing.
Another testing day is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, from 9 am to 1 pm.
The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is poised to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations with tens of thousands of local mourners and dozens of foreign leaders expected.
The Birmingham Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened early Sunday morning on the 2000 block of Pearson Avenue Southwest.
In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global statesman — from a vaulted cathedral with hymns and incense to a rural, hilltop church with goat-skin drums and barefoot dancing.
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