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The Salvation Army officially kicked off its annual Kettle Campaign Wednesday from the steps of the state capitol. The Salvation Army's Captain Mark Gillum says money placed into the kettles goes to the organization's feeding and shelter program. The kettles and their bell ringers can be seen at retail outlets throughout the region.
Longtime political activist Faya Rose Toure was jailed Tuesday night for trying to speak out against the city of Selma donating land for a monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest, according to Toure's husband, state Sen. Hank Sanders. The dispute over a monument to Forrest is a long-running one in Selma. Sanders said Selma Mayor George Evans said he wanted her removed from the city council meeting but has not intended for her to be arrested. Before the charge was dropped she was released.
A woman who spoke out about the light punishment given a man who was convicted of sexually assaulting her says she's pleased a judge ordered a new sentencing hearing. Courtney Andrews spoke with the Associated Press after a Limestone County judge said he would conduct a new sentencing hearing for 25-year-old Austin Clem of Athens. 20-year-old Andrews says she is speaking publicly to raise awareness about what happened. Andrews says she hopes Clem now gets years in prison, yet she doesn't want to see him again in court. Prosecutors appealed, and the judge ordered a new sentencing.