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KANGAROO GETS THE JUMP ON MISSISSIPPI OWNERS, FLEES

HARRISVILLE, Miss. (AP) – A kangaroo is on the run – or maybe the jump – in central Mississippi. The Simpson County sheriff’s office says deputies have been looking for a 10-month-old kangaroo since he bolted from his new owners only minutes after arriving in Mississippi. The Shute family says they bought the kangaroo, named

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TUSCALOOSA FIRE CHIEF REMEMBERS AFTERMATH OF 9/11

Tuscaloosa. AL (WVUA)- Tuesday, September 11th resonates with so many Americans because it changed America forever. Although its been 17 years since America was attacked, WVUA 23 spoke with Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith, who after a decade opens up about his experience in dealing with the aftermath of 9/11. “It’s something that you don’t forget.

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FINAL SCHOOL SAFETY LISTENING SESSION HELD IN MONTGOMERY

Tuscaloosa, AL (WVUA)-‘Safety at the Forefront.’ That was the message behind Tuesday’s fourth and final public listening session for school safety. Jessica Harp said, “every community and every school and every child is very different that’s why like the general said there is no size fits all solution to this problem, that’s why it’s so

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MISSISSIPPI LAWMAKERS APPROVE STATE LOTTERY BILL

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi House has reversed itself and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it. The vote came Tuesday in a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally

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POLICE: TEEN STOLE AR-15 FROM DEPUTY, SHOWED OFF HAUL ON INSTAGRAM

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) – An Instagram video tipped off police looking for an assault rifle that had been stolen from a sheriff’s deputy’s unmarked car. An arrest affidavit says a 17-year-old teen is accused of taking the weapon and tactical gear on Aug. 14. Boynton Beach police arrested him Saturday night after he was

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WEST TUSCALOOSA INVENTORY MAKING PROGRESS

The West Tuscaloosa Inventory project is making steady progress since its formation in January. Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman Raevan Howard, who represents District 2, said she’s certain the inventory and study data being collected will help make the community better for residents in West Tuscaloosa. “As we go forward with our budget hearings and our budget

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POLICE BAG GROCERY ROBBER HIDING NEXT TO ICE MACHINE

SUMMIT, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man accused of armed robbery tried to play it cool, but the heat found him anyway. The Enterprise-Journal reports 42-year-old Patrick James Burns was arrested hiding next to an ice machine Saturday while trying to rob the Piggly Wiggly in Summit at gunpoint. Summit Police Officer William Harris was

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PLUM GROVE BAPTIST HOSTS HEALTHY EATING EXPO

Hundreds showed up for Plum Grove Baptist Church’s Healthy Eating Expo over the weekend. The event featured live cooking demonstrations, free tastings, a children’s kitchen and plenty of free advice from experts, all to promote a healthier lifestyle. “We are putting information out at least monthly within the church to our congregation about how to

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EX-AUBURN RECEIVER ACCUSED OF ROBBING RESTAURANT AT GUNPOINT

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) – A former Auburn University football player faces criminal charges in suburban Atlanta after police say he robbed a restaurant at gunpoint. Duluth police arrested Myron Burton Jr. Friday, saying he entered a Chinese restaurant Tuesday, pointing a pistol at an employee and demanding cash. The employee gave the robber about $300

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ILLINOIS MEN CHARGED WITH LURING MISSISSIPPI TEEN FROM HOME

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) – Two Illinois men face kidnapping and conspiracy charges in Mississippi after authorities say they lured a teenager from his home using a video game-centered chat program. Olive Branch police have charged 30-year-old Juan E. Andrade and 29-year-old Jason St. Aubin, both of Creal Springs, Illinois. It’s unclear if either man

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MADDOX LAUNCHES VIDEO ON DEBATE CHALLENGE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial challenger Walt Maddox has launched a series of videos about Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s refusal to debate. The campaign posted the first video on social media Thursday. It shows an empty debate podium with “Kay Ivey” written on it. A caption lists the “debate topic” as abortion, guns and

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BOVINE HERD HELPS POLICE CORRAL SUSPECT IN FLORIDA

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) – A herd of 16 cows helped police officers in Florida corral a fleeing suspect who bailed out of a car and ran through a pasture. A Seminole County Sheriff’s helicopter captured the Sunday night incident on video as the crew gave play-by-play to officers on the ground. A crew member offered

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FLORIDA WOMAN’S ESTATE SUES SUSPECT IN FACE-CHEWING SLAYING

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – The suspect accused of randomly killing a Florida couple and chewing the face of the dying husband is being sued by the dead woman’s estate. The estate of Michelle Stevens filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Austin Harrouff, who is charged with murder in the deaths

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MAN’S ENGAGEMENT PLANS ALMOST FOILED AFTER LOSING RING

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A Tennessee man’s plan to propose to his girlfriend on a Florida beach almost failed when he lost the ring in the Gulf of Mexico. For 45 minutes last Friday, Taylor Farrar of Sevierville, Tennessee, and his friends frantically searched for the plastic bag that held the ring, a

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FORMER FOOD NETWORK COMPETITOR ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLEMENT IN PASCAGOULA

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi chef who competed on two Food Network shows is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a former employer. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reported Thursday that 46-year-old Stacie Meehan Vande Wetering has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of embezzlement. A charging document says Vande

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VFW HOSTS BENEFIT FOR FAMILY IN NEED

A family in need got some much-needed help thanks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6022. The Aiken family has medical expenses associated with the care of their son, 8-year-old Ricky, who suffers from a rare neurological disorder after an MRI when he was 15 months old indicated he’d been born without a cerebellum.

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FLORIDA WOMAN RECOVERING AFTER ATTACK BY RABID BAT

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. (AP) – A Florida woman who was helping a friend into a car at a large retirement community felt something hit her arm but thought nothing of it until she went home and found a bat clinging to her arm. The woman squished the bat and reported it to the Health

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