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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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 19, 2012

Thousands of hornet fans will converge on the Alabama State University campus the third week in November for homecoming. 

The crowd is expected to include swarms of tailgaters.  At last night's community meeting, Interim athletic director Melvin Hines explained the plans for the pre-game festivities.  He says RV tailgaters will have 70 spaces at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Field for $75 dollars.  Hines adds RVs will have to be gone by noon on Friday, November 23rd.  Tent tailgaters will be on the academic mall.  For all of the tailgating and other Turkey Day Classic information, go to


Public Health officials have released the names of 44 health care facilities in Alabama that received products from New England Compounding Center that have not been connected to a meningitis outbreak.  State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson said Thursday patients who had procedures using the products after May 21st are being notified, even though there is no known contamination in the products shipped to Alabama. 

Late Ballots

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says absentee ballots for military and overseas voters went out late from 22 counties and an extra 10 days is being provided for the return of the ballots.  Chapman said federal law gives military and overseas voters 45 days to receive and return their absentee ballots.  But not all ballots requested by the September 22nd deadline were sent out on time.  She is extending the deadline for election officials to receive the ballots by 10 days to November 16th. 

USA Petition

Officials at the University of South Alabama have agreed to allow its student population to participate in a review into the October 6th shooting death of Gil Collar of Wetumpka.  The freshman was shot and killed by a campus police officer. reports that a USA nursing student garnered more than 300 signatures on a petition that calls for the university in Mobile to establish protocol for responding to mental health or drug-induced emergencies using non-lethal methods. 

Gas Prices

Gasoline prices are coming down.  They've fallen 15 cents in the last month and analysts predict they could fall another 115 cents to 45 cents over the next three weeks.  The national average pump price is now $3.71 per gallon.  That's still higher than ever for this time of the year.  According to Triple A Alabama, the statewide average price for regular is 20 centers lower than the national average at $3.52 a gallon, five cents less from a week ago.