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Alabama Woman Missing in 2011 Tornado Found in Florida

Police think she may have moved without telling her family

(Newser) - A 53-year-old Alabama woman reported missing by her family following a series of deadly tornadoes in 2011 has been found safe and sound—in Florida, reports. And no, she probably wasn't blown there. The tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa in April 2011 killed dozens of people and damaged... More »

16 States Say No to Syrian Refugees

Alabama, Michigan governors were the first to cite Paris attacks

(Newser) - The attacks in Paris have prompted the governors of several US states to declare that Syrian refugees aren't welcome. The governors of Alabama and Michigan each issued statements Sunday to that effect, reports the Washington Post . And on Monday, the governors of Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi,... More »

8-Year-Old Charged in Beating Death of 1-Year-Old

'One of the saddest cases that I have witnessed'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy is being charged with beating a 1-year-old girl to death while they were left home alone as their mothers went to a nightclub, Alabama police said Monday. Birmingham police spokesperson Sean Edwards said the boy beat and killed 1-year-old Kelci Lewis when she wouldn't stop crying.... More »

3 Cops Suspended for Student Party Arrests

Tuscaloosa police chief says city has a black eye

(Newser) - The chief of police in Tuscaloosa, Ala., says the department and the city have a "black eye" after what he sees as the deeply disturbing arrest of three University of Alabama students early Sunday morning. Video posted online shows a city police officer standing in an apartment doorway arguing... More »

Mom Fights School Over Her Son's Right to Die There

He's terminally ill, and she doesn't want him revived

(Newser) - A mother is locked in a battle with an Alabama school district over whether her son should be allowed to die at school. Rene Hoover's 14-year-old son, Alex, has a terminal heart condition that has narrowed his mitral valve. The AP reports that has hampered his blood flow, a... More »

'Teacher of the Year' Quits When Told She's Unqualified

Ann Marie Corgill had taught in Alabama for 21 years

(Newser) - A longtime Alabama educator who has won Teacher of the Year honors resigned last week when her "frustration boiled over" with bureaucracy. Informed that she lacked the state qualifications to teach 5th grade, Ann Marie Corgill resigned from Birmingham City Schools, NPR reports. "After 21 years of teaching... More »

Alabama Junkyard Scraps Important Piece of NASA History

50-year-old lunar rover prototype was spotted in tiny town

(Newser) - Some deep document diving by Motherboard brings us this story of a massive and massively historical NASA lunar rover prototype and the Alabama junkyard that destroyed it for some reason. Motherboard reports a US Air Force historian was visiting his mother in Blountsville, Alabama—population 1,700—when he spotted... More »

Judge to Offenders: Donate Blood or Go to Jail

Experts say judge's ultimatum was 'wrong in about 3,000 ways'

(Newser) - Last month, an Alabama judge gave a courtroom full of offenders a choice: donate blood or go to jail, the New York Times reports. “For your consideration, there’s a blood drive outside," Judge Marvin Wiggins told the offenders, who were there because they owed fees and fines.... More »

How the FBI Handled One of Its Toughest Hostage Cases

A 5-year-old boy's life hung in the balance

(Newser) - When Jimmy Lee Dykes told a bus driver shortly before shooting him to death that he himself would die at the end of the ordeal, Dykes was right. But first he kidnapped a 5-year-old boy from the bus and held him hostage for a week in an underground bunker on... More »

Young Man Opens Fire in Alabama Church: Cops

James Junior Minter, 26, is arrested in Selma

(Newser) - A man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after shooting his girlfriend, their baby, and a clergyman at a church in Alabama, authorities said today. James Junior Minter, 26, of Selma, Alabama, was arrested after opening fire during services at the Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma,... More »

Alabama Town Goes After Girls' Short Shorts for Equality's Sake

Town proposes banning short shorts, mini skirts, and saggy pants

(Newser) - "I prayed about this; I know that God would not go around with pants down.” That's the reasoning Dadeville City Council member Jimmy Frank Goodman gave when proposing an ordinance banning sagging pants last month, the Alexander City Outlook reports. Now the Alabama town of a few... More »

Man Jumps From Flaming SUV in 'Epic' Stunt

'My buddies and I thought this would be a smart thing to do'

(Newser) - A group of friends in Alabama filmed what they claim is the "most epic vehicle jump ever" over Labor Day weekend, and they may not be overstating that. reports a 39-second slow-motion video posted to YouTube on Tuesday shows a man jumping out of an airborne and... More »

Senator Tries to Crowdfund Alabama's $300M Shortfall

He's raised $598 with only $299,999,402 left to go

(Newser) - Crowdfunding: If it's good enough to bring Veronica Mars back or cook up a $55,000 potato salad , it's good enough for financing an entire state, right? Last week, Alabama state Sen. Paul Sanford set up a GoFundMe page to fix his state's budget woes. Sanford explains... More »

Cops: Woman Kidnapped, Killed by Husband's Mistress

Suspect shot Sandra Barnett, 49, then herself: police

(Newser) - Two women are dead after a dramatic chase that took police from Georgia to Alabama, where a standoff ensued yesterday. Police say Sandra Barnett, 49, was kidnapped from her home in Ellenwood, Ga., on Wednesday and whisked away in a black Dodge Durango, driven by her husband’s mistress. Neighbors... More »

BP Ponies Up $18.7B to Gulf States in Spill

Settlement money to be spread among Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi

(Newser) - Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP today that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act... More »

Alabama Capitol Ditches Its Confederate Flags

On orders of the governor

(Newser) - The latest blow to the Confederate flag : The battle flag displayed at the Alabama state Capitol was removed today, quietly, by two workers who took it down around 8:20am, reports. Though they wouldn't answer questions, Gov. Robert Bentley exited the building soon after and acknowledged he... More »

Marine Corps Vet Sued for Living 'Off the Grid'

But Tyler Truitt calls it an act of 'civil disobedience'

(Newser) - For US Marine Corps veteran Tyler Truitt, the homefront has a battle all its own: The 27-year-old resident of Huntsville, Alabama, is going to court with the city next month over his "off-the-grid" lifestyle, which includes living in a trailer, using solar panels, and catching rainwater in a 550-gallon... More »

Waffle House Diners Wowed by 5-Year-Old's Selfless Act

Kindhearted Josiah Duncan begged his mom to buy a meal for homeless man

(Newser) - Josiah Duncan isn't just any 5-year-old. When he saw a homeless man standing outside a Waffle House in Prattville, Ala., he started quizzing his mom. "Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?" were some of Josiah's queries, Ava Faulk tells... More »

Grandmother Gets Life for Girl's Fatal Forced Run

Prosecutors called Joyce Hardin Garrard 'drill sergeant from hell'

(Newser) - An Alabama woman convicted of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about candy has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Joyce Hardin Garrard, the diminutive grandmother whom prosecutors depicted as the "drill sergeant from hell," stood before the judge... More »

2 Dead, 5 Missing as Freak Squall Hits Regatta

Sailing event turns deadly in Alabama

(Newser) - Two people are dead and Coast Guard crews are continuing their search this morning for at least five people missing in the water after a sudden and powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay, Ala. The storm rolled through the area about 4pm yesterday and... More »

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