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Robbery suspect dead, 2 officers hurt, after officer-involved shooting in Birmingham

By Erica Thomas, managing editor BIRMINGHAM — A robbery suspect was killed and two Birmingham Police officers were injured after a robbery and shooting in downtown Birmingham. Police received a call about a robbery in progress at a convenience store in the 500 block of 23rd Street North, on Wednesday, July 17. An officer responded and a man matching the description of the suspect pulled out a handgun and fi ...

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Alabama’s Roy Moore lags in 2020 fundraising, Jones leads

From the Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore has raised less than $17,000 for his U.S. Senate race, according to quarterly campaign reports filed this week. The fundraising report covered only the opening few days of his campaign but show Moore is starting from a financial disadvantage in the high-profile 2020 race. He raised $16,693 between announcing his candidacy on June ...

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers coming soon to Hwy 11

By Erica Thomas, managing editor BIRMINGHAM — Construction is underway for a new Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurant off Highway 11, in Birmingham. The land behind Bojangles Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, at the corner of Highway 11 and Mary Taylor Road, is cleared. Construction superintendent Steve Arnold expects the building to start going up by the first full week in August. "You'll see th ...

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Trussville City Schools “District of Distinction” status

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — Trussville City Schools has gained the status of "District of Distinction" by the "District Administration" magazine. An article in the magazine honored 34 school districts nationwide and TCS was one of them. The honor goes to school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that solve challenges. Trussville City Schools was recognized for the o ...

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Springville Council discusses VFW renovations and receives donation from library foundation

By Terry Schrimscher, contributing writer The Springville City Council discussed renovations to the city’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building in a work session before its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 15. The goal for the renovations is to make the facility more appealing for rentals. Ashley Lyons, director of parks and recreation, presented a proposal to upgrade the building during the w ...

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Alabama judge resigns amid judicial ethics charges

By the Associated Press DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has resigned amid judicial ethics charges that accuse him of having an affair with an attorney who was handling cases in his court. WDHN-TV reports that Coffee County District Judge Chris Kaminski says he is quitting because it isn't "financially feasible" to fight charges filed with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary on Tuesday. A complaint accus ...

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The Latest: Florida paper prints retro Apollo 11 front page

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —  The Orlando Sentinel commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch by republishing its front page from 1969 and writing minute-by-minute accounts of launch day. The headline on July 16, 1969, was simple: Moon, Here We Come. The newspaper detailed how the day started for astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they prepared for launch. The captio ...

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It’s Alabama’s turn at SEC media days with Saban and Tua

By the Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — It's Alabama's turn at Southeastern Conference media days. Nick Saban takes the stage Wednesday with his team once again favored to repeat as SEC champion. But the Crimson Tide also wants to atone for how last season ended. Alabama took the most lopsided defeat of Saban's tenure after absorbing a 44-16 drubbing from Clemson in the national championship game. This ...

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Federal data shows opioid shipments ballooned as crisis grew

MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case, shows that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills ...

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Lawyer sentenced to 5 years for scamming Barkley, others

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14 million in restitution. Prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of 17½ years for Watkins and 6½ years for ...

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