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Alabama State University will play a prominent role for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. ASU has joined the city and county in coordinating events that will begin on March 7th, 2015. Mayor Todd Strange said the milestone event could attract as many as 50,000 visitors to the River Region.
An Auburn man convicted of capital murder in a community college shooting in Opelika will soon find out what a jury recommends for a sentence. A jury in Opelika convicted 37-year-old Thomas Franklin May of capital murder and attempted murder on Tuesday. The jury returns today to consider whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without parole. May was convicted of killing his mother-in-law, Brenda Marshall Watson and wounding his estranged wife, Bethany Mitchell, during the shooting at Southern Union Community College in April 2011.
Sheriff's investigators in Elmore County have questioned three males in connection with a pair of armed home invasions at houses in the Wallsboro Community. One incident occurred last Thursday and the other happened Monday night. According to CrimeStoppers, sheriff's officials said in both cases, four men robbed the occupants of cash, jewelry and electronic items. CrimeStoppers said investigators have not determined if a home invasion in Millbrook early Saturday is connected to the home invasions in Wallsboro. CrimeStoppers is offering reward money for information that could lead to the arrest of the individuals responsible.
A federal judge in Montgomery has delayed enforcement of an Alabama law regulating abortion clinics for one more week while he tries to rule on a lawsuit challenging the law. Federal Judge Myron Thompson had planned to rule on the lawsuit by Monday. But he issued an order extending a prohibition against enforcing the law through April 2nd to give him more time to rule. The American Civil Liberties Union and abortion clinic operators are challenging an Alabama law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals. The state attorney general's office is defending the law and says it protects women's health.