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    New Ford recall affects over 400,000 vehicles

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 423,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the power-assisted steering can fail while they’re being driven. The recall covers certain Ford Flex and Taurus vehicles, as well as the Lincoln MKS and MKT from 2011 through 2013. Also covered are the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ from 2011 through 2012 and some 2011 Mercury Milans. Ford says an intermittent electrical connection can cause the power steering to stop. That sends the steering […]

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    Bentley swears in new Alabama 2-year college system board

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley swore in members of a newly appointed two-year college system board created by legislation passed this session. Bentley swore in the members at the board’s first meeting Wednesday morning. The eight appointed board members come from each of Alabama’s congressional districts. The board voted Al Thomson and Milton Davis as officers. The governor serves as presiding officer when present. Bentley and Republican lawmakers who backed the law say the two-year system board will […]

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    Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon says it inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores to as many as nine laboratories and is investigating how that happened. The labs were supposed to receive dead _ or inactivated _ anthrax samples for research use. Spokesman Col. Steve Warren says the Pentagon is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to retrieve the samples. He says the government has confirmed one shipment contained live spores and suspects eight others did, too. Warren says […]

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    Alabama House votes to block abortion clinics near schools

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)  Alabama lawmakers have voted to ban abortion clinics near schools, a prohibition that could cause at least one clinic to close. The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 79-15 to prohibit clinics within 2,000 feet of a public K-12 school. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate. Republican state Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle said the emotionally charged protests around clinics are not appropriate near children. Democratic state Rep. Patricia Todd, a bill opponent, said the […]

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    Alabama Legislature approves state education budget

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to the education budget that expands the state’s pre-kindergarten program. The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved a conference committee agreement on the spending plan. The budget now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature. The budget steers an additional $10 million to the state’s pre-kindergarten program. The increase is projected to enable another 1,800 4-year-olds to attend the public preschool program. Education budget chairman Rep. Bill […]

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    Convicted burglars explain how to prevent them from breaking in your home

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three convicted burglars are sharing tips of their trade in a YouTube crime prevention video produced by the police in Columbus, Ohio. In the video, titled From the Big House to Your House, the men explain how they chose houses they robbed, what they targeted and what they did with the goods. They also pass on measures they say prevent people like themselves from breaking in, from always keeping windows closed and blinds drawn to having a […]

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    Police: 3 children injured when waterspout tosses bounce house

    Warning: Video contains graphic language FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three children have been injured after a waterspout made landfall on a Fort Lauderdale beach and sent an inflatable bounce house flying into the air. Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree says when the waterspout came ashore Monday afternoon, it uprooted the bounce house and sent it across a parking lot and over four lanes of traffic. Dupree says there were three children in the bounce house when […]

  • World record American alligator on display at Montgomery Zoo

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The world’s largest American alligator ever killed in the wild is on display for the first time since it was caught on the Alabama River. The mounted 15-foot, 9-inch alligator weighing 1,011 pounds was unveiled Friday morning at the Montgomery Zoo. Thomaston resident Mandy Stokes and her husband caught and killed the alligator near Camden in Wilcox County during the state’s annual alligator hunt in August.  Stokes says the fight from their boat took nearly an […]

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    Alabama unemployment rate increases slightly in April

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s jobless rate ticked up slightly to 5.8 percent in April after months of steady decline. The state’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in March, which was the lowest level since July 2008. Alabama’s unemployment rate is still above the national average of 5.4 percent. Gov. Robert Bentley said there were positives in the monthly numbers. Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says the state is getting close to the number of jobs the economy […]

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    Father of Hiawayi Robinson sentenced to prison on gun charge

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – A south Alabama man charged in the death of his 8-year-old daughter is going to federal prison in another case. A judge in Mobile sentenced Hiawatha Robinson to 2 years in prison Thursday on a weapons charge. The man still faces a murder charge in the death last year of Hiawayi Robinson. The child was found dead in a ditch in Prichard last September, and officers later searched her father’s home. That’s when they found a […]

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    Alabama to join ‘SEC primary’ in 2016 presidential race

    MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) – Alabama lawmakers have voted to join the “SEC primary” as southern states band together to try to get more attention from 2016 presidential hopefuls. Alabama legislators on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would move the state’s 2016 primary elections to March 1, 2016. Some southern states are trying to build a regional super primary. The SEC primary nickname is a reference to the Southeastern Conference in college athletics. Alabama Secretary of State John […]

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    Alabama House passes nearly $6B Education Trust Fund budget

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House has unanimously approved a nearly $6 billion education budget for 2016. State representatives passed the Education Trust Fund budget by a vote of 105-0 on Thursday. A number of House Democrats and Republicans commended education budget committee chairman Bill Poole on an unusually smooth spending plan. The budget would increase the state’s pre-Kindergarten program by $10 million. It would also provide another $13 million for textbooks. The budget would increase the school transportation […]

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