Alabama authorities say a home burglary suspect has died after police used a stun gun on the man.  Birmingham police say he resisted officers who found him in a house wrapped in what looked like material from the air conditioner duct work.  The Lewisburg Road homeowner called police Tuesday about glass breaking and someone yelling and growling in his basement.  Police reportedly entered the dwelling and used a stun gun several times on a white suspect before handcuffing him.  Investigators say the man was "extremely irritated" throughout and didn't obey verbal commands.

Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit

A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

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My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

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Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

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In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse — And Could Give Obama A Boost

Oct 31, 2012
Originally published on October 31, 2012 3:08 pm

Teachers unions in Ohio are supporting President Obama in the race for the White House. But way down the ballot, in races for the state Legislature, it's teachers themselves who want some support on Nov. 6.

A dozen teachers, all of them Democrats, are running for seats in Ohio's House and Senate. The surge is a byproduct of last year's fight over Senate Bill 5, the state law that would have curbed public employees' collective bargaining rights.

Teachers were instrumental in the successful fight to repeal SB 5 at the ballot box last November. And a bunch of them figured the only way to make sure something like SB 5 doesn't come back is to run for office themselves this year.

"We need to protect public education," says Donna O'Connor, a special education teacher at Dublin Coffman High School just outside Columbus. O'Connor is running for a seat in the Ohio House. She insists she's a teacher, not a politician.

"Teachers are exactly what we need down at the statehouse," she says. "Because they've had many years of practice of managing unruly and immature objects and students in their classroom."

O'Connor has the support of her teachers union, the Ohio Education Association. An Ohio superPAC called Moving Ohio Forward, funded in part by the National Education Association, has been running ads attacking Republicans, including her opponent, incumbent Mike Duffey.

O'Connor says protecting union rights is among her top concerns. She also would like to see Ohio pay more attention to traditional public schools and less to continuing to expand charter schools and school voucher programs.

O'Connor says she'll miss her students if she wins, but she says as a teacher, she can only affect the kids in her class. As a legislator, she hopes to help "every student across the state of Ohio."

Other teacher-candidates already have a bit of experience with politics. Tom Schmida was the mayor of Reminderville, Ohio, a town of 3,400, for a decade. He recently retired after 40 years in the classroom, with his last assignment teaching government to high-schoolers.

Schmida says all the talk of SB 5 last year inspired him to return to politics. As the president of his local teachers union, he was at the forefront of the battle on collective bargaining. When Republican Gov. John Kasich signed SB 5, Schmida says: "Everything I stood for and worked for was at risk with the stroke of a pen."

Many of the phone banks teachers set up to cold-call voters in 2011 — urging them to vote "No on SB 5" — have been repurposed this year to make similar calls for votes to re-elect President Obama. And teachers have once again rallied around the Democratic candidate's cause, taking to the streets and knocking on doors to tell people that without Obama in office, SB 5 could return.

In the state that could determine the presidential outcome, teacher enthusiasm could help Obama, says Stephen Brooks, associate director of the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron. "Just like the teachers that are interested in going out and becoming a part of the process, their colleagues also want to be part of the political system and I think the Obama campaign is benefiting from that."

On the other hand, Brooks says, SB 5 may loom larger in the memories of teachers than it does for other Ohioans. And if that's the case, last November's Ohio vote may not have much impact on this November's. "Average voters really take on these things sequentially," Brooks says.

Ida Lieszkovszky is a Cleveland-based reporter for StateImpact Ohio. StateImpact is a collaboration between NPR and member stations examining the effect of state policy on people's lives.

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