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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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

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The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

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.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

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At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

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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."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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Oct 13, 2012

Police have now made arrests in the city's 25th and 26th murders of the year. 

Thursday night 24-year-old Bobby Jackson was shot to death in the 1900 block of Marie James Court.  The initial investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed for an argument during a dice game.  Police have now arrest 16-year-old Corey Hughes of Montgomery in connection with the murder.  He was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $75,000 dollar bond. 

In an unrelated incident, just after midnight Friday, emergency personnel responded to the 2600 block of Gladlane Drive in reference to a subject shot.  A 17-year-old man was found with a single gunshot wound.  He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.  Investigators have charged 29-year-old Karvis Dennis of Montgomery in the shooting, that apparently resulted from an argument over stolen property.

Insurance Verification

Alabama has mandated that drivers have auto insurance since the year 2000, but enforcing that law has proven difficult with some drivers using phony cards or other acquiring a real card, but then not paying the premiums.  The state is testing anew online verification system that will enable the Department of Revenue and law enforcement to check motorists for auto insurance instantly, either through audits or at traffic stops and accident scenes.  The new system is currently being tested in ten counties, but will go statewide on January first.

Task Force

In light of the recent rash of homicides, the Montgomery Police Department is teaming up with Alabama State University's professor, Dr. Earnest Blackshear to launch the Community Violence Task Force.  Dr. Blackshear, a clinical psychologist will head the program that will explore the quantitative data behind many violent crimes.  The program that has been in the works for months will officially begin next week.