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HEARING SCHEDULED TO REOPEN VICTORYLAND CASINO

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A judge has scheduled a hearing for next month on the future of the shuttered VictoryLand casino in Macon County. Circuit Judge William Shashy issued an order Monday saying he’ll consider the owner’s bid to reopen VictoryLand on Aug. 4. Shashy ruled last month that the state wrongly seized more than

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MONTGOMERY TO REVIEW CONFEDERACY REFERENCES IN FLAG AND SEAL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Montgomery officials will discuss the design of the city’s seal and the city’s flag, both of which either allude to or mention the Confederacy. Multiple media outlets report that the City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing the establishment of a committee to hear from residents about the issue. The

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SOUTH ALABAMA STILL UNDER HEAT ADVISORY

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – The National Weather Service says south Alabama is still broiling under dangerously hot temperatures. Forecasters say the air temperature will combine with humidity to make it feel like it’s as hot as 112 degrees in southwestern Alabama on Wednesday. The weather service has issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. until

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TWO COUNTIES TO RESUME ISSUING MARRIAGE LICENSES

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) – Two more Alabama counties say they will issue wedding licenses following the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Both Houston and Henry counties have refused to issue any licenses because of gay marriage. But it is reported that probate judges in both counties say they will now issue marriage licenses

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PRISONER WANTS OUT OF JAIL SO SHE CAN GET ABORTION

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge is considering a lawsuit filed by an Alabama inmate who wants out of jail temporarily so she can get an abortion. U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon scheduled an emergency hearing on the request for Monday afternoon in Huntsville. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Monday on behalf

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AUTHORITIES LOCATE MISSING TEEN

UPDATE: Good News! According to the Odenville Police Department, Isabell Anarose Leach has been located and is safe. ORIGINAL: Odenville Police officers are looking for a 13-year-old girl. Authorities say  Isabell Anarose Leach, who goes by “Ana,” was last seen at her home on Peacful Lane in Springville, Alabama. Police say several people have called

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MAN ARRESTED IN DEATH OF MISSING SHELBY COUNTY WOMAN

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) – Shelby County sheriff’s officials say a man has been arrested in the death of a Shelby County woman who had been reported missing. Sheriff John Samaniego said in a release Tuesday that 19-year-old Demarcus Means was taken into custody in Los Angeles by U.S. Marshals. Authorities say he’s charged with murder

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MAIL CARRIER RESCUES INJURED MAN

HOPE HULL, Ala. (AP) – A man rescued by a postal worker after falling in his house and lying wounded on the floor for 10 days is in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Officials say 66-year-old Tommy Hope of Hope Hull fell inside his home July 4 and suffered broken bones in his arm

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SUCCESSFUL SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN

  A missing autistic teenager, Timothy Robinson, has been found by Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Aviation Unit. The 16 year old was reported missing earlier today in Phenix City. Here is a recent press release from Alabama Law Enforcement Agency concerning the successful search: [Phenix City, Ala.] – Shortly before noon today, July 21, the

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FEDS SAY 2 GEORGIA PRISONERS HELPED TRAFFIC METH INTO ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say two Georgia prison inmates helped direct a methamphetamine trafficking operation in northeastern Alabama from behind bars. State and local officials said Monday that eight people now face indictment for a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Georgia prison inmates Jose Balcazar and Miguel Manriquez are among those facing conspiracy charges.

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BIRMINGHAM POLICE ARREST 6 DURING PROTEST

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) – Police have arrested six people who were protesting the death of a teenager in the city jail in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood. Authorities charged the demonstrators with disorderly conduct or resisting arrest during a protest Tuesday outside the city jail in Homewood. The demonstrators say they want answers about the

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HOPE HULL MAN RESCUED BY POSTAL WORKER

HOPE HULL, Ala. – A man rescued by a postal worker after falling in his house and lying wounded on the floor for 10 days is in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Officials say 66-year-old Tommy Hope, of Hope Hull, fell inside his home on July 4, suffering broken bones in his arm and

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ALEA INVESTIGATES OFFICER INVOVLED SHOOTING

UPDATE: According to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Phillip Hugh Jacks, 47, of Oxford has been apprehended. He was arrested early this morning by Anniston Police department. ORIGINAL POST: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating an officer involved shooting in Munford, Alabama. The investigation comes at the request of the Talladega County District Attorney. The incident began just

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CAR CRASH KILLS ONE, INJURES TWO OTHERS

A single-vehicle crash in Lamar County has claimed the life of a Duncanville man. It happened on Alabama 17, near the 237 mile marker, six miles north of Millport just before 11:30 a.m. According to Senior Alabama Trooper Johnathan Appling, Kevin Keith Waid, 27, was killed when the 2000 Mercury Mountaineer he was driving left

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BOMB THREAT INVESTIGATION AT MONTGOMERY SHOPPING CENTER

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a bomb threat at a Montgomery shopping mall. Montgomery police spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt says the threat Monday afternoon was in an unspecified area of the Shoppes at Eastchase and the buildings are being evacuated. Additional details on the threat weren’t immediately available. Police say authorities are searching the

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GROUPS RESIST SCOTUS GAY MARRIAGE RULING

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Two groups are urging the Alabama Supreme Court to resist the U.S Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program in court filings earlier this month urged the court to resist the ruling the same way some state’s resisted pro-slavery laws.

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FUNDING FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Federal officials say a Birmingham public housing authority will use more than $24,300 in funding to provide rental assistance for homeless veterans. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a statement Monday that the VA ‘s Supportive Housing Program is awarding the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District

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BODY OF FLORIDA MAN FOUND IN GULF SHORES

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) – Police in coastal Alabama say a body that was recently found in a canal has been identified as a Jacksonville, Florida man. Gulf Shores police said in a statement that the body of 48-year-old Jerry Wayne Hubbard was found Saturday in the Intracoastal Waterway. Police say Hubbard was in Gulf

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ATV CRASH CLAIMS LIFE OF 10-YEAR-OLD, INJURES 2 TEENAGERS

GERALDINE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle that claimed the life of a 10-year-old child and injured two teenagers in northern Alabama. Emergency officials say the wreck happened Saturday afternoon on a county road near Geraldine in DeKalb County. Authorities say that the 10-year-old and two teenagers were on the

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TEENAGER ARRESTED AFTER DISCHARGING FIREARM AT RIVERWALK STADIUM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Montgomery police say they’ve apprehended a teenager accused of firing a gun at Riverfront Park after a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game. Police say they arrested the teen Saturday night after responding to reports of gunshots during the postgame fireworks show at Riverwalk Stadium, after the minor league game between Montgomery and

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NEW DOTHAN COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) – Dothan city officials are expected to approve funding for construction of a new communications center to house city and county dispatchers, as well as the county Emergency Management Agency. On Tuesday, the City Commission  is anticipated to give the Dothan-Houston County Communications District the final approval it seeks for $5.5 million

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STATE IS UNDER HEAT ADVISORY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Most of Alabama will be under a heat advisory as temperatures are expected soar to some of the highest marks so far this year. The National Weather Service issued heat advisories for Monday that stretch from the northern Alabama state line all the way to the Alabama coast. Some of the

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GOV. SCOTT WALKER TO SPEAK AT ALABAMA REPUBLICAN PARTY LUNCHEON

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Presidential hopeful Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will speak in Alabama next month. Walker will be the featured speaker at the Alabama Republican Party’s summer luncheon on Aug. 22. The event will be held at the Talladega Superspeedway. Tickets are required. Walker last week announced his candidacy for president. Walker rose to

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INVESTIGATION INTO INTERSTATE SHOOTING CONTINUES

The investigation continues after Georgia school teacher Sandra Barnett was allegedly killed in the hands of her husband’s mistress. Barnett is the wife of former NFL player Buster Barnett. Police said they believe she was forced into her SUV by her husband’s mistress, Lisa Brown. The SUV was chased into Alabama Thursday morning, and it eventually

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