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Hyles Files: Imperfect Offerings

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Alabama to Stop Giving ACT Aspire Test

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Alabama will stop giving the ACT Aspire test to students. The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday not to renew the contract with the company. Superintendent Michael Sentance said there were "several issues" with the last administration of the test. He said test results were delayed and when the state received them some of the data was bad. Alabama in 2014 began using the ACT Aspire system as the annual reading and math assessment for grades three through eight in public schools. The transition came with years of disappointing scores.

Tropical Storm Cindy Saturates the Gulf Coast

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   From the Florida Panhandle to eastern Texas, residents and government officials along the northern Gulf Coast are keeping an eye on slow-moving Tropical Storm Cindy, which the National Weather Service said posed a threat of "life-threatening flash flooding."Rain bands from the weather disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico began pushing ashore Tuesday. Cindy is on a lumbering track taking its center toward southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas.

Montgomery Police Charge Man in Sunday Homicide

Jun 20, 2017

   A Montgomery man has been charged with murder in a weekend shooting death. Police say they took 38 year old Frank Pollard Jr. into custody yesterday. He is alleged to have fatally shot 23 year old Deunte Rogers early Sunday morning in the 500 block of East South Boulevard. Investigators have determined that an argument between the two men led to the incident. Pollard was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.

   A man was fatally shot in Montgomery early this morning. Police say the incident occurred in the 58-hundred block of Eagle Circle at around 12:30 am. It is being handled as a homicide. An adult male was found at the scene with a lethal gunshot wound. It is still very early in the investigation and police have not released any details of the shooting or an identity of the victim. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police at 625-2831 or the Secret Witness Line which is 625-4000 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP. 

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Hyles Files: Imperfect Offerings

9 seconds ago

Alabama to Stop Giving ACT Aspire Test

10 minutes ago

Alabama will stop giving the ACT Aspire test to students. The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday not to renew the contract with the company. Superintendent Michael Sentance said there were "several issues" with the last administration of the test. He said test results were delayed and when the state received them some of the data was bad. Alabama in 2014 began using the ACT Aspire system as the annual reading and math assessment for grades three through eight in public schools. The transition came with years of disappointing scores.

America's diversity remains on the rise, with all racial and ethnic minorities growing faster than whites from 2015 to 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau says in a new snapshot of the national population. The agency also found the U.S. median age has risen to nearly 38.

Asian and mixed-race people are the two fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Both groups grew by 3 percent from July 2015 to July 2016. In the same 12 months, the non-Hispanic white population grew by just 5,000 people.

Louisiana has become the first state to prohibit all public universities from asking applicants about their criminal history.

By some estimates, as many as 70 to 100 million Americans have some kind of criminal record.

Immigration authorities have rounded up nearly 200 Iraqis in recent weeks, and the Trump administration is now under heavy pressure to hold off moves to deport them.

Many of those currently detained are from the minority Chaldean Christian community, which faces severe persecution in Iraq.

U.S. immigration authorities say the detained Iraqis have criminal records, but their families and supporters say many have already served time or paid their fines and that they would face persecution if sent back.

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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Shades Of Gray Turn Sumptuous In 'Chain Letter'

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It's nice to see Farel Dalrymple flying again. Pop Gun War, the serial comic he wrote back in the early 2000s, revolved around Sinclair, a young boy who got a pair of wings that let him soar through an urban dreamscape — a city known only as "The City." Though grungy and often sad, The City was full of quirky possibilities. A dwarf in a tux and top hat grew taller than the skyscrapers. A large, floating, bespectacled goldfish hung around. A lonely man labeled everything in his apartment, even his own pants, "because people don't always know what things are."

One of the biggest threats to global agriculture these days is a tiny, bright red weevil.

These little crimson devils eviscerate coconut, date and oil palms, and are native to South Asia. But thanks to globalization, and the fact that these tenacious buggers can fly up to 30 miles a day — over the last three decades they've spread to more than 60 countries from the Caribbean to Southern Europe.

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