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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Convention Countdown

The Republican National Convention is in 4 days in Cleveland.

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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.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

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 vegetables 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.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

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.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

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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Officials with the Alabama Department of Public Health say 19 Alabama residents have been exposed to potentially contaminated steroid products from the New England Compounding Center. 

In an effort to calm public concern about meningitis, state health officer Dr. Don Williamson says the patients were out of the state when they were exposed.  Dr. Williamson says the centers are being advised to remove the  products from their inventory and contact their patients. 

Kids Count

An annual report that capsules the latest numbers on child well being in each of the state's 67 counties was released this week.  According to Voices for Alabama's Children executive director Linda Tilly, the 2012 Alabama Kids Count Data Book showed positive trends.  The Kids Count data book is available at

Justice Alliance

Birmingham's Faith in Action advocacy organization is one of 15 groups in the Alabama Youth Justice Alliance.  Community organizer Anneshia Johnson says the system designed to educate and develop the state's children is faltering and the alliance is harnessing its power to address the failures.  Alliance partners want input from the public, especially parents and children, at statewide listening sessions where youth issues will be aired.  More information is available online at

Skeletal Remains

Forensic officials are conducting an autopsy on partial human skeletal remains that were found in Montgomery Sunday.  Police say a group of runners discovered the remains in a heavily wooded area off of Central Parkway near Woodmere Boulevard and Carmichael Road.  The case is being handled as a death investigation for now.  No other information has been released at this time.

Child Pornography

A 45-year-old Alabama man has pleaded guilty to charges of production of child pornography.  The U.S. attorney's office in Montgomery has announced that Kevin Darcy Golden of Opelika pleaded guilty Monday.  Prosecutors say Golden produced numerous videos of female children engaging in sexually explicit conduct between April and December 2011.  Golden faces up to 35 years in federal prison and could be ordered to spend the rest of his life on supervised release.