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Oldest Surviving Tuskegee Airman has Died

Nov 22, 2016

   We have lost another member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The oldest surviving member, Willie Rogers, died Friday evening at the age of 101. That’s according to his pastor in Florida. Rogers was part of the 100th Air Engineer Squad and also served with the Red Tail Angels. He was wounded in action during a mission in Italy in 1943. President George W. Bush awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

More than 120 seniors were served a Thanksgiving luncheon at the McIntyre Community Center in west Montgomery Monday.  The 6th annual event was sponsored by several individuals and organizations including Alabama State University's College of Education and ASU's Health Physical Education Recreation Department.  Seniors won door prizes and giveaways.  The event also honored Jiles Williams, Montgomery County Commissioner.  

Bibb County Sheriff Found Shot to Death

Nov 16, 2016

Bibb County Sheriff Keith Hannah has been found dead at his office in the central Alabama town of Centreville. District Attorney Michael Jackson says Hannah's body was discovered this morning. He says Hannah was located in a bathroom connected to the sheriff’s office. Jackson says preliminary evidence indicates Hannah died of a gunshot wound, but there was no immediate indication of any foul play. The prosecutor says an autopsy will be conducted to determine whether the sheriff’s death was a homicide, a suicide, an accident or something else. Hannah was first sworn in as sheriff in 2003.

Justin Ross Harris Found Guilty in Son's SUV Death

Nov 15, 2016

A Georgia man faces life in prison after he was convicted of malice murder in the 2014 death of his toddler son, who was left in a hot car for hours. A jury found Justin Ross Harris guilty on all eight counts against him Monday, ending a month-long trial. The malice murder conviction means jurors ultimately agreed with prosecutors that Harris left his 22-month-old son, Cooper, to die on purpose. District Attorney Vic Reynolds said justice was done but "it's not a verdict we celebrate." The judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for Dec.

The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless in Montgomery are still collecting warm weather items for their annual Blanket Drive.  This year's event will end on November 19th.  MACH Executive Director Molly Stone says collection sites will be at three locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Stone says gently used or new warm weather items are needed.  PODS storage containers are located at Regions Bank at 301 Coliseum Blvd; the Winn-Dixie on East South Blvd at Troy Highway and the Festival Plaza Shopping Center at the intersection of Taylor and Vaughn Roads.  

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The slew of obituaries that have been published since Olympic diver Sammy Lee's death on Friday rightly highlight his conquest over racism and indignity on the way to winning gold medals in London and Helsinki nearly 70 years ago. As Greg Louganis, Lee's most famous protégé, reflected in the Los Angeles Times, "At a time of intolerance, being Korean, he broke down racial barriers, setting an example of what it meant to be an Olympian."

Smoke hung in the air for days in Oakland's largely Latino Fruitvale district after a deadly fire broke out late Friday night in an artists' warehouse, leaving 36 people dead.

Like so much of the city, it's a neighborhood facing ripples of gentrification created by the tech boom in the Bay Area, which now has some of the highest rents in the country.

President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan last week, initially characterized by Trump transition staffers and Taipei officials as just a small courtesy, has emerged as part of a lobbying strategy by a quintessential Washington insider.

Former Sen. Bob Dole, a war hero, lion of the Senate and 1996 Republican nominee for president, was an early supporter of Donald Trump, even when other Republican leaders were still wary.

As I write this I have 42 Internet tabs open, across four browsers, and I feel completely at ease. Apparently, I'm not alone. A new Pew Research Center study found that most Americans are not overloaded by information, or at least, they don't feel they are.

In Bangladesh, a new report finds, impoverished children are working long hours in violation of that country's labor laws. Children under the age of 14 who've given up school for jobs are toiling an average 64 hours a week, according to a British think tank.

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The unofficial motto of a public charter school co-founded by Betsy DeVos — President-elect Trump's choice to lead the Department of Education — could be "No Pilot Left Behind."

Nearby a small maintenance hangar that's part of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, one of the school's two Cessna 172 airplanes chugs down the tarmac of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The school is based on the airport's grounds, just outside Grand Rapids.

The 21st Century Cures Act that gained congressional approval on Wednesday has been championed as a way to speed up drug development, but it's also the most significant piece of mental health legislation since the 2008 law requiring equal insurance coverage for mental and physical health.

The bill includes provisions aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic, strengthens laws mandating parity for mental and physical health care and includes grants to increase the number of psychologists and psychiatrists, who are in short supply across the country.

Marking the day in 1941 that thrust the U.S. into World War II, Americans are honoring veterans and remembering those who lost their lives in Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. We're also remembering how the nation responded to what President Franklin Roosevelt called a "date which will live in infamy."

Royal Dutch Shell has signed a provisional agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, a move that could signal energy companies will not be deterred from doing business with the Islamic Republic despite uncertainty whether a Trump administration will scrap a nuclear deal agreed to by world powers.

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