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Forecasters say powerful wind gusts and cold temperatures are expected across much of Alabama today. A wind advisory is in effect for central Alabama through 5 p.m. Forecasters say the winds will make it feel all the colder since high temperatures are predicted to reach only the 30s. Parts of north Alabama received snow flurries overnight, and schools are closed in Hoover and Blount County because of the possibility of snow.
Extra State Troopers will patrol the state's highways and interstates over the long 102-hour Thanksgiving weekend that begins at 6 p.m. tonight and runs through midnight Sunday. The Department of Public Safety said Troopers will be more aggressive in enforcing rules of the road, including looking for impaired drivers, distracted driving and following too closely. DPS said seven people were killed on Alabama roadways during last year's Thanksgiving weekend.
Montgomery Police say an argument over a cell phone led one man to shoot the other. The fatal shooting occurred around 3:45 Tuesday morning at Virginia Downs Apartments and claimed the life of 19-year-old Roy Buskey of Montgomery. Police said Buskey was shot to death after he got into an apparent argument involving a cell phone with 27-year-old Enrico Cornley, also of Montgomery. Cornley was charged with a single count of capital murder and is in jail without bond. It was the Montgomery's 45 homicide this year.
A north Alabama judge has ordered a new sentence for a man who was convicted of three counts of rape and avoided prison time. A Limestone County judge ordered a new sentence for 25-year-old Austin Clem. He was convicted in September of repeatedly raping one of his former neighbors. Investigators have said Clem's attacks on the now 20-year-old woman dated back to when she was 13 years old. The judge initially handed down a sentence ordering Clem to spend two years with a community-based corrections program, allowing him to work and to live at home, plus three year's probation.