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    Alabama arrests down but prisons still overcrowded

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A group studying overcrowding in Alabama’s prisons has found that arrests are declining and sentences are getting shorter. But Alabama’s prisons remain at nearly double their designed capacity. The Council of State Governments Justice Center presented the statistics to the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force. Research manager Andrew Barbee says felony arrests declined about 21 percent from 2009 to 2013. New state sentencing guidelines that took effect in October 2013 are resulting in shorter sentences for […]

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    Oklahoma man accused in beheading to be arraigned

    MOORE, Oklahoma. (AP) — Charges could be filed today in the beheading of a woman at a food distribution center in an Oklahoma City suburb. Police in Moore, Oklahoma say murder and other charges against 30-year-old Alton Nolen will be presented to the district attorney for filing today. Nolen is suspected of attacking two women and beheading one of them, shortly after being fired Thursday at Vaughan Foods in Moore. Police say the company’s chief operating officer, who’s also a […]

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    Pedestrian Bridge Collapses in Detroit

    DETROIT (AP) _ A pedestrian bridge over a Detroit freeway has collapsed, shutting the roadway in both directions for the morning rush-hour period. Police at the scene tell Detroit broadcasters one person had minor injuries following the bridge’s Friday morning collapse onto the Southfield Freeway. The road was closed from Interstate 96 to Joy Road. The reason for the collapse wasn’t immediately clear. Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi said in an email that witnesses at the scene told […]

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    Survey: Decreasing teacher support for Common Core standards in Tennessee

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A recent survey shows support for Tennessee’s Common Core standards is decreasing among teachers. The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/ZNhdRC) reports the 2014 survey was done by the Tennessee Consortium on Research, Evaluation and Development. According to the survey, 39 percent of the 27,000 Tennessee teachers who responded to the survey believe that teaching to the standards will improve student learning, compared with 60 percent who said the same in a similar survey last year. It also found 56 […]

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    UPS identifies workers killed in Birmingham facility

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – UPS says two employees killed in a shooting at a package-processing facility in Alabama were supervisors who had worked for the company for years. The company released a statement Wednesday identifying the men as 46-year-old Brian Callans of Birmingham and 33-year-old Doug Hutcheson of Odenville. Callans was a business manager who worked for the shipping giant for 26 years. Hutcheson was a driver supervisor who had has been with UPS since 1999. Police previously identified the […]

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    World Health Organization: West Africa Ebola cases could double every 3 weeks

    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks. The estimate comes Tuesday as the U.N. health agency said the cost of containing the deadly virus has risen to nearly $1 billion since it was identified in March. The unprecedented Ebola outbreak is believed to have killed more than 2,400 people across West Africa, with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea the hardest-hit countries. President Barack Obama […]

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    Apple: More than 4 million pre-orders of new iPhone models in 24 hours

    NEW YORK (AP)– Apple says it had more than 4 million pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 24 hours, exceeding its initial pre-order supply. The company says the phones will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won’t be delivered until October. Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and […]

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    Safety regulators investigating Ford Fiesta door latch problems

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won’t latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars. The probe announced Monday by covers about 205,000 Fiestas from the 2011 through 2013 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 61 complaints about the doors. Some said the latches wouldn’t catch. A dozen said a door opened while the cars were being driven. The agency says one person was hurt when a door […]

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    Women’s prison oversight, new position meant to improve safety

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama Department of Corrections veteran says she’s using her position as deputy commissioner of women’s services to improve worker education and inmate safety in women’s prisons. The Montgomery Advertiser reports  the state Department of Corrections appointed Wendy Williams to serve as a deputy commissioner in April. Williams oversees the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, the Montgomery Women’s Facility and Birmingham Work Release. Federal officials have criticized Tutwiler and the state Department of Corrections for reports of sexual […]

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    Silver Airways to remain in Shoals through beginning of October

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP/WHNT) –  Federal officials have ordered Silver Airways to provide service at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport for another month. The U.S. Department of Transportation initially ordered the company to stay through Sept. 5 after the airline announced it would not renew its contract with the Essential Air Service program. The program tries to ensure smaller airports are served by certified air carriers. The fate of the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport was up in the air in […]

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    Death investigation underway, Jefferson County deputy used Taser on inmate

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP/AL.com) – The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a Jefferson County jail inmate who died after a deputy used a Taser to try subduing him. A Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman says 47-year-old Ricky Deangelo Hinkle was being moved to a specialized cell after he threatened to commit suicide Saturday Morning. Hinkle died Saturday night after a sheriff’s deputy used a Taser when he became combative, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. The Pleasant […]

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    AP: Source says Rice video sent to NFL

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn’t see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re right. It’s terrible.” The law enforcement official, speaking to the […]

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