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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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Traffic safety officials regularly warn us of the risks of driving while drunk or distracted.

But Americans still need to wake up to the dangers of getting behind the wheel when sleepy, according to a recent study of crash rates.

A report released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that drivers who sleep only five or six hours in a 24-hour period are twice as likely to crash as drivers who get seven hours of sleep or more.

It may sound like the plot of a movie: police find a young man dead with stab wounds. Tests quickly show he'd had Ebola.

Officials realize the suspects in the case, men in a local gang, may have picked up and spread Ebola across the slum. These men are reluctant to quarantine themselves and some – including a man nicknamed "Time Bomb" – cannot even be found.

This scenario actually unfolded in the West African nation of Liberia in 2015. And what followed was a truly unconventional effort by epidemiologists to stop a new Ebola outbreak.

Vice President Joe Biden teased Monday that he is leaving the door open to another presidential run in 2020.

"I'm going to run in 2020," Biden told a group of reporters on Capitol Hill.

"For what?" one of the reporters asked.

"For president," Biden responded, adding later, "What the hell man."

The Associated Press described the vice president with "only a slight smile on his face" as he was leaving the small group of reporters in hallways of the U.S. capitol.

Dr. Sammy Lee, the first Asian-American man to win an Olympic gold medal, died over the weekend after battling pneumonia. He was 96.

In the 1930s, Southern California had enough of the South in it that young Sammy Lee could only watch through the iron fence most days when other boys his age swam at the pool in Pasadena's Brookside Park. The pool, like the area's beaches and many other public facilities, was segregated. But not on Wednesdays.

Video Calls Replace In-Person Visits In Some Jails

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Since her son Tommy went to jail, Dawn Herbert has been trying to see him as much as she can. He's incarcerated less than a 10-minute drive from her house in Keene, N.H. But he might as well be a lot farther.

"He's in that building and I can't get to him," Herbert says.

Dawn's visits probably don't look like what one might picture, where she's sitting across a table, or behind a pane of Plexiglas looking at and talking to her son.

Italian archaeologists discovered the plundered tomb of Queen Nefertari in Egypt's Valley of the Queens in 1904, and amid the debris, they found a pair of mummified knees.

Now, for the first time, researchers have conducted a broad array of tests on the knees and say they are confident they belong to Nefertari, who was the wife of Pharaoh Ramses II and one of the most famous of Egypt's queens.

More and more of the things we use every day are being connected to the Internet.

The term for these Internet-enabled devices — like connected cars and home appliances — is the Internet of things. They promise to make life more convenient, but these devices are also vulnerable to hacking.

Security technologist Bruce Schneier told NPR's Audie Cornish that while hacking someone's emails or banking information can be embarrassing or costly, hacking the Internet of things could be dangerous.

Eleven Americans describe what it's like to be transgender in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new HBO documentary, The Trans List. Though the individuals in the film come from varied backgrounds, there is at least one common thread to their experiences: "We all come out publicly," lawyer Kylar Broadus tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "There is no hidden way to come out as a trans person."

In what may be the most unlikely meeting of the presidential transition process so far, former vice president, former Democratic presidential nominee, former senator and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore met with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday.

Gore has spent decades warning about the dire consequences of unchecked, man-made climate change, while Trump regularly called climate change "a hoax" during the campaign.

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The judge in the murder trial of former North Charleston, S.C., police Officer Michael Slager declared a mistrial on Monday after the jury said it could not come to a unanimous decision.

"We as the jury regret to inform the court that, despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to an unanimous decision in the case of the State vs. Michael Slager," a letter from the foreman of the jury read.

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