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    Tropical Storm Erika blamed for at least 20 deaths on Caribbean island

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP)– Tropical Storm Erika was losing its punch as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.

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    Medical officers release information on deaths of Virginia news crew

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): 9:55 a.m. Virginia medical officials say a TV news reporter and cameraman who were killed during a live broadcast both suffered gunshot wounds to the head. The medical examiner’s office in Roanoke office said Friday that WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker’s official cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Cameraman Adam Ward’s cause of death was gunshot […]

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    The Latest: Moment of silence on air for 2 slain journalists

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): 6:45 a.m. WDBJ-TV has observed a moment of silence on air for its two journalists who were killed in a shooting during a live interview. The station marked the moment of silence at 6:45 a.m. Thursday. At that time Wednesday, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former employee of the Virginia TV station. During the […]

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    Bimbo Bakeries recalls bread sold in 11 states, including Alabama

    NEW YORK (AP) _ The maker of Sara Lee, Nature’s Harvest and other brands is recalling bread sold in 11 states because it may contain fragments of glass from a broken light bulb at a company factory. Bimbo Bakeries said Wednesday one consumer found small pieces of glass on the outside of the bread. No injuries have been reported. The recall covers seven different Sara Lee products, two each sold under the Nature’s Harvest and Great Value brands, and one […]

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    Federal court hears arguments on Alabama legislative districts

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Federal judges want lawyers for black lawmakers to come up with their own map for redrawing Alabama’s legislative districts. The request came Tuesday in Montgomery during a hearing over the new voting lines. Lawyers for black legislators contend Republicans illegally sorted voters by race when they drew new district lines. The three-judge panel put tough questions to both sides during two hours of arguments. They challenged the plaintiffs to draw a map that keeps districts the […]

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    Alabama law enforcement chief warning of driver’s license office closures

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement says proposed agency budget cuts could lead to closures of driver’s license offices throughout the state next year. Spencer Collier told a press conference Monday in Scottsboro that $40 million in funding lawmakers proposed during the last special session is inadequate. The Alabama Law Enforcement agency has worked hard to make trips to drivers license offices less time consuming, with the addition of online license renewals, and setting appointments online. […]

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    US agency probes Jeep SUV rollaway complaints

    DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that some newer Jeep SUVs can roll away unexpectedly after drivers put them in park. The probe covers 408,000 Grand Cherokees from the 2014 and 2015 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 14 complaints from drivers, including five crashes and three injuries. The agency says the Jeeps have electronic gear selectors. Drivers pull the shift lever forward or backward to select gears and the […]

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    Federal judges to hear arguments in redistricting fight

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The fight over redistricting is headed back to federal court. A three-judge panel will hear arguments Tuesday in Montgomery over whether legislators relied too much on race when they drew legislative district lines. A divided U.S. Supreme Court in March sent the map back for an additional review. The Legislative Black Caucus had challenged the lines that were the drawn by the newly elected GOP legislative majority. Black lawmakers said Republicans “stacked and packed” black voters […]

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    Police investigating sex assault reported at Birmingham church

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham police say a man is accused of walking into the women’s room at a local church and sexually abusing a teenage girl. Lt. Scott Thurmond said in an emailed statement that the assault was reported at the Greater Temple Missionary Church Sunday morning. Thurmond says the suspect found a 14-year-old girl in the restroom and touched her inappropriately. Police say a person of interest has been questioned in the case. Authorities say the man was […]

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    SEC to honor Slive with Prostate Cancer Awareness Games

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference teams will hold Prostate Cancer Awareness Games throughout September on all 14 member campuses to honor former Commissioner Mike Slive. Slive, 75, retired earlier this year after 13 years leading the SEC. He battled prostate cancer through his career. The home team at each game will wear a helmet decal that has a blue ribbon with Slive written in gold letters on it over an SEC logo. In addition to wearing helmet stickers, schools […]

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    Alabama jobless rate rises slightly to 6.2 percent

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s unemployment rate is on the rise again, but just a little. The state jobless rate announced Friday for July was 6.2 percent. That’s one-tenth of a percent higher than the rate for May and June. Last month’s rate is better than the rate one year ago, when Alabama unemployment was 7 percent. State Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says last month’s jobless rate was virtually unchanged from June because of seasonal effects. A statement from Washington […]

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    Tennessee Valley Authority to use more gas, renewable power

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The country’s largest public utility will rely more on natural gas, renewable energy and even energy efficiency in the future. The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors Friday unanimously approved an Integrated Resource Plan that will serve as a roadmap for how the utility meets its customers’ energy needs over the next 20 years. As part of the plan, energy efficiency is viewed on a level playing field with other forms of power for the first […]

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