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.

The Democratic National Convention is in 11 days in Philadelphia.

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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Oct 18, 2012

Alabama health officials have contacted four of the six additional Alabamians who received injections of steroid medication from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak. 

A state health officials said Wednesday that two are fine but two others are showing symptoms and will be seen by their doctor.  Federal health officials now say 19 people have died.  The deaths are among the 247 people in 15 states in the national meningitis outbreak.

Legislative Pay

State lawmakers are giving voters the chance to cut legislative pay in the general election.  To do it voters will have to work their work through a long list of proposed constitutional amendments until they get to Amendment 8.  Opponents say the Legislature needs to go back to its pre-2007 compensation of nearly $37,000 dollars.

Casino Construction

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians have stopped construction of a planned 20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka.  Construction was halted late Tuesday afternoon.  The Muscogee Nation had objected to the project.  The tribe is objecting to the graves of its ancestors being exhumed and moved to make way for the expansion by the Poarch Creeks. 

Immigration Law

A federal appeals court in Atlanta has rejected a request from the state to reconsider its latest ruling in which the court invalidated some provisions of Alabama's immigration law.  The court Wednesday rejected a request a that the full court review the decision of a three-judge panel.  The court did not give a reason for denying the request.

MPS Investigations

Employees who entered computer data at two Montgomery high schools say they witnessed school administrators violating school policy to help students achieve higher grades with little or no work.  The accusations come as state officials continue to investigate allegations of widespread cheating in the Montgomery County public school system. 

ASU Stadium

Hornets fans are preparing to play their first football game on their own campus.  Alabama State University's 26,500 seat football stadium will be the location for the 89th annual Turkey Day Classic.  The latest updates on the stadium and all of the plans for "Turkey Day" 2012 will be presented at two community meetings.  One meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the Houston Markham Football Complex on North University Drive.  A second meeting is scheduled for November 8th.