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  • 2019 Preseason All-SEC football team: Tua Tagovailoa highlights record 12 Alabama players selected

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Defending Southeastern Conference champion Alabama is the favorite to once again beat Georgia in the title game in a preseason media poll. The Crimson Tide was selected by 203 of 260 voters this week at SEC media days in results released Friday. Georgia, which lost to Alabama in the championship game last season, received 49 first-place votes. Eight teams were picked as the SEC champion on at least one ballot. The predicted order of finish in […]

  • Alabama jobless rate down to record-low 3.5%

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s unemployment rate is down to what officials say is a record-low 3.5%. A news release from the state Friday says the preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate for June dropped two-tenths of a percent from the May rate of 3.7%. It’s the state’s lowest jobless rate ever, and better than the most recent national unemployment rate of 3.7%. The number represents a growth in employment of 10,456 jobs from last month. The number of people counted as […]

  • Police ID man killed in gun battle with Birmingham officers

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man suspected of shooting an Alabama police officer during a gun battle with officers in downtown Birmingham. Officials say 35-year-old Roderick Wilson of Pinson was shot and killed by police after wounding the officer, Cullen Stafford. Stafford was shot multiple times and is recovering from surgery. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office says Wilson died from multiple gunshot wounds but didn’t say how many. The gunfire began after police were called to a […]

  • Police: Nashville officer killed in crash wasn’t wearing seat belt

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a Tennessee officer wasn’t wearing his seat belt when he was hit by a fleeing driver and killed. News outlets report Nashville police on Thursday provided updates on the ongoing investigation into the July Fourth death of Officer John Anderson. Police say 17-year-old Jayona Brown sped through a red light while fleeing an attempted traffic stop and crashed into Anderson’s cruiser, sending it into a utility pole. The cruiser then caught fire; police say […]

  • Tuscaloosa woman is accused of killing her 14-month-old son

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman has been accused of abusing and killing her 14-month-old son. News outlets report 30-year-old Temika Carter was charged Thursday with aggravated child abuse and the murder of her son. Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Commander Capt. Gary Hood says the baby was injured at home in December and died at the hospital from severe brain trauma. Carter told investigators she was tossing and playing with the baby and may have accidentally dropped him. An autopsy […]

  • Ex-Alabama officer gets prison for assaulting detained man

    TALLASSEE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer has been sentenced to prison for slamming a compliant handcuffed man into the ground and then slamming the man’s head into his patrol car. News outlets report 27-year-old Michael Brandon Smirnoff was sentenced Thursday to 22 months in prison. Smirnoff pleaded guilty in April to federal excessive force charges. A U.S. Department of Justice statement says the former Tallassee investigator was pursuing a fleeing man in 2016 when the man surrendered, […]

  • Oklahoma man accused of raping child in McDonald’s bathroom

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — A 37-year-old Oklahoma man has been jailed on rape complaints after authorities said he sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl in a bathroom at a McDonald’s play area, which the child was visiting during a day care field trip. Midwest City police say a day care worker knocked on the locked bathroom door Tuesday after the girl didn’t return promptly. A police affidavit says a man eventually came out and said, “I was just washing my […]

  • Gov. Ivey forms criminal justice study group

    MONTOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday announced the creation of a study commission to make recommendations on criminal justice reform as the state tries to address overcrowded and understaffed state prisons. The Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice will gather data related to current sentencing laws and recidivism and also gather examples of best practices from other states, according to a statement from Ivey’s office. The panel will meet until the 2020 legislative session. Ivey spokeswoman […]

  • Mexico to seek return of “El Chapo” Guzman’s drug money

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president says he will use legal channels to try to get the fortune of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman returned to Mexico. President Andres Manuel López Obrador said Thursday the money is Mexican, and would be used for anti-poverty programs. López Obrador said Mexico has erred in the past by allowing the U.S. to seize money in corruption and criminal cases against Mexican suspects. U.S. officials have estimated Guzman’s fortune at $14 billion […]

  • Alabama surplus property buyers can start the bidding online

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama residents can now bid on state and federal surplus property more than three times a year. News outlets report the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs announced they’ll be moving the public surplus property auction online and year-round starting this month. Director Kenneth Boswell says moving the auctions online will make the process more efficient and allows for more items to be available throughout the year. The Surplus Property Program collects property declared as […]

  • Former Birmingham youth pastor sentenced for child sex abuse

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama youth pastor has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl. The Tuscaloosa News reports 37-year-old Christopher Cody Stutts pleaded guilty Tuesday to abusing a child younger than 12. Four other charges, including rape and sodomy were dismissed as part of a plea deal. AL.com reported that Tuscaloosa County Capt. Gary Hood responded to the sexual assault call in February 2018. Hood said a 14-year-old girl told investigators that Stutts had assaulted […]

  • Vermont fertility doc told to provide DNA sample for paternity test

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A judge says a Vermont fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to impregnate a patient must turn over a sample of his DNA for paternity testing. A Florida couple sued retired Dr. John Coates in U.S. District Court last year with a claim that Coates is the father of their daughter due to an artificial insemination procedure in 1977. They believe Coates used his own sperm instead of that of an unnamed medical student who […]

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