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New Memorial Honors 4.4K Lynching Victims

Alabama memorial documents inequality

(Newser) - Elmore Bolling defied the odds against black men and built several successful businesses during the harsh era of Jim Crow segregation in the South. He had more money than a lot of whites, which his descendants believe was all it took to get him lynched in 1947. He was shot... More »

83-Year-Old Has No Words as Alabama Executes Him

Walter Moody killed 2 with mail bombs

(Newser) - An Alabama inmate convicted of the mail-bomb slaying of a federal judge during a wave of Southern terror in 1989 was executed by lethal injection Thursday, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the US in modern times. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 83, was pronounced dead at 8:42pm... More »

Poop Train Finally Departs Alabama Town

It stunk up tiny town for more than 2 months

(Newser) - The smelliest train in America has rolled out of Parrish, Ala., and the small town hopes it will never see its like again. In what Mayor Heather Hall described as "wonderful news," the train's load of 10 million pounds of sewage sludge from New York and New... More »

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

This Is the Place to Be for Millennials

WalletHub takes quality of life, affordability into account

(Newser) - As a whole, millennials are doing pretty well financially . But those in certain states are much better off than others, according to WalletHub . It compared affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was taken into account), education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in all 50... More »

Train Carrying 10M Pounds of Poop Stuck in Alabama Town

'God help us if it gets hot and this material is still out here'

(Newser) - Springtime in one small Alabama town smells more like manure than magnolias this year—and it's going to get a lot worse as the weather gets warmer. Dozens of freight cars carrying some 10 million pounds of human waste, enough to form a malodorous train more than a mile... More »

Teen Turns Down Plea Deal, Ends Up With 65-Year Sentence

18-year-old Lakieth Smith laughs during his sentencing

(Newser) - Lakieth Smith probably regrets his decision to turn down a 25-year plea deal offered to the Alabama teen in March. On Thursday, the 18-year-old was sentenced to 65 years in prison on charges of burglary, theft, and felony murder, reports the Montgomery Advertiser . It was actually a police officer, not... More »

Man Who Walked Out of Execution Chamber Alive Won't Return to It

Doyle Lee Hamm's legal team says a settlement has been reached with the state

(Newser) - Last month, Doyle Lee Hamm walked out of an Alabama execution chamber alive. On Tuesday, the inmate's legal team said a private settlement had been reached to ensure the state won't try to execute Hamm again. Hamm, sentenced to death for killing a motel clerk during a 1987... More »

Lawyer for Moore Accuser Says Supporters Tried to Bribe Him

He was told to drop Leigh Corfman as client, say publicly he didn't believe her allegations

(Newser) - The lawyer for a woman who accused Roy Moore of touching her sexually when she was 14 says two supporters of the former US Senate candidate tried to bribe him to "cloud" the allegations that were piling up against Moore, the Washington Post reports. Eddie Sexton says Gary Lantrip... More »

Gunman Shoots 2, Kills Himself at Hospital

Police unsure of Birmingham gunman's motive

(Newser) - One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a gunman opened fire at an Alabama hospital before fatally shooting himself, police say. Birmingham Police Lt. Peter Williston says cops were called to UAB Hospital-Highlands at 6:55pm Wednesday. Officers found two victims along with the gunman, who... More »

A Sheriff's Odd $750K 'Compensation' May Not Be So Rare

Old Alabama state law lets sheriffs take excess funds meant for feeding inmates

(Newser) - Todd Entrekin makes just under $95,000 a year as the sheriff of Alabama's Etowah County, but somehow he and his wife Karen (an ex-probation officer) have $1.7 million in property spread over two counties. AL.com reports that how he paid for all of this is now... More »

Alabama Incensed Over 'Horrific' Smell of New York Poo

And the Big Apple backs down

(Newser) - New York's poo problem has become Alabama's poo problem, and that stinks for both of them. New York City, which produces about 1,200 tons of sewage daily, has been shipping some of it down to landfills around Birmingham that are producing a bit of a smell, the... More »

Person of Interest in Custody Following Fatal School Shooting

Victim identified as 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington

(Newser) - A 17-year-old student is in custody as a person of interest in Wednesday's fatal shooting at an Alabama high school, AL.com reports. According to ABC News , police are pursuing charges against the teen but aren't releasing any additional information on his or her identity until charges are... More »

High School Shooting Leaves Teen Girl Dead, 2 Others Injured

Authorities investigating school shooting in Alabama, campus shooting in Mississippi

(Newser) - A student was fatally shot Wednesday at an Alabama high school, AL.com reports. The Birmingham City School system says the shooting happened during dismissal at Huffman High School. Two students and an employee were injured. One student is in critical but stable condition; the other died on the way... More »

Alabama Family With Twins Adds Sextuplets

The premature babies are already cover models

(Newser) - The Waldrop babies—Alabama's first sextuplets since 2011—are officially cover models. Not bad for six babies born just shy of 30 weeks in late 2017 and who were only recently allowed to leave the hospital. People reports Courtney Waldrop gave birth to Layke, Tag, Blu, Rawlings, Rivers, and... More »

Lawyer: Execution Attempt Was 'Gory, Botched'

'They gave up when they could not find a vein'

(Newser) - When the execution of Doyle Lee Hamm was called off last week, the Alabama Department of Corrections said it was because it didn't have time to prepare the inmate before a midnight death warrant expired. "I wouldn't necessarily characterize what we had tonight as a problem,"... More »

Husband of Online Exhibitionist Arrested for Her Murder: Cops

Kat West was found dead outside her Alabama home last month

(Newser) - The partially nude body of 42-year-old Kat West was found face down in the street outside her home in a small Alabama town last month; now her husband has been arrested in connection with her murder, AL.com reports. William "Jeff" West, 44, was arrested Thursday morning—nearly six... More »

Abducted Girl Rescued Thanks to Observant Strangers

Thomas Lawton Evans was arrested day after Heidi Todd went missing

(Newser) - To the trio of railroad workers, the situation just seemed a bit off: While tending to track for Norfolk Southern in Alabama on Tuesday afternoon, they came upon a truck parked near the tracks. Inside was a sleeping man and a young girl—who turned out to be 4 years... More »

A 'Very Emotional' 36 Hours After Woman Goes Missing

Alabama's Lisa Holman found alive Sunday after she vanished from site of her crashed car

(Newser) - A tense 36 hours for a missing Alabama woman's family has ended in relief. ABC News and WBMA report that volunteers on foot and even a drone were sent out over the weekend to search for 45-year-old Lisa Holman after her smashed-up car was discovered sometime after 9pm Friday... More »

The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

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