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Federal inspectors say an auto parts manufacturer in Auburn exposed workers to amputations, crushing and other serious machine hazards.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, permanent and temporary employees at Pyongsan America Inc. faced the dangers of being caught in machinery, hit by objects and possible amputations.  OSHA cited Pyongsan and Surge Staffing LLC for 11 safety violations.  Surge Staffing provided Pyongsan with approximately 50 workers.  The two companies now face a combined total of 106 thousand dollars in penalties

Students in the Alabama State University ASPIRE program are pitching in to help fight hunger at the Montgomery Area Food Bank.  Thursday middle and high school students had an opportunity to sort ration food bags, wash produce and repackage food for needy families.  Program Director Cynthia Handy says Thursday's effort falls right in line with the summer program.  This is the fourth year students helped out at the food bank.  To learn more about the ASPIRE program visit alasu.edu. 

Horseshoes will be pitched in earnest starting next week in Montgomery.  That's when the World Horseshoe Pitching Championship gets started at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl where more than 50 courts and 118 pits have been assembled for the event. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says the economic impact could be significant.  The competitors are coming from 44 different states as well as Canada and Switzerland.  The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  

Police say a southeast Alabama man accused of threatening to kill police officers in a Facebook post has been charged.  Troy police Chief Randall Barr said 20-year-old Javon Keontre Pryor threatened to kill several Troy police officers in a July 8th post.  Court records state Pryor nominated officers' names as targets and referenced the recent officer killings in Texas in the post.  

A member of the court considering judicial ethics charges against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is stepping aside from the case.  Opelika attorney John Denson filed a notice recusing himself.  Denson writes he shouldn't be involved since he was part of the court when it unanimously decided to remove Moore from office in 2003.  Eight other members remain on the court to consider whether Moore should be ousted again for an order he issued about same-sex marriage.  

The American Red Cross in Alabama is advising the public to be careful during the heat wave.  In Montgomery, Disaster Program Manger Towanna Robins suggests wearing loose-fitting clothing, she says more tips can be found on the organization's website.  

Some of the world’s best horseshoe pitchers are coming to Montgomery next week to compete in that sport’s championship. Nearly one-thousand pitchers in all will square off at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl from July 25 through August 6th.  44 different states will be represented as well as Canada and Switzerland. City officials say the championship should result in a 1-point-5 million dollar economic impact for Montgomery. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. 

Special Session

Jul 21, 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is still thinking about holding a special session on Medicaid funding. Bentley says Medicaid needs at least an additional $15 million in order to have adequate funding in the next fiscal year.

Murder-Suicide In Elmore County

Jul 21, 2016

Police say a man fatally shot his wife then killed himself in the couple's bedroom in Elmore County. Sheriff Bill Franklin says 65-year-old Martin Sharron shot 62-year-old Connie Sharron in the head Wednesday morning with a .45-caliber handgun. Franklin says Martin Sharron then fatally shot himself. Franklin says the couple was preparing to leave for a doctor's appointment in Birmingham.

Alabama Honors Slain Police Officers

Jul 19, 2016

Blue lights will illuminate the state capital building this week as a tribute to law enforcement officers around the country.  Governor Robert Bentley announced the move on Monday. In a statement, Bentley said that he was troubled and heartbroken at recent acts of senseless violence. Gunmen in separate instances killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and five in Dallas, Texas.   The illumination  will occur each night this week through Friday.

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