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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There are 11 constitutional amendments on the November ballot. 

None are more controversial than Amendment 4.  Supporters contend it only removes segregation-era language from the Alabama Constitution.   But, the Alabama Education Association, the New South Alliance and the Alabama Democratic Conference have argued that Amendment 4 would impact school funding and end the right to an education. 

Prescription Drugs

A new program of the National Governors Association aimed at stopping prescription drug abuse is meeting in Montgomery.  Governor Robert Bentley is co-chairman of the NGA's Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy, and he will address its opening session today at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.  The academy is spending a year looking at how to reduce prescription drug abuse in Alabama and six other states.

Ramp Closure

The State Highway Department said workers will close the entrance ramp to Interstate 85 at Exit 16 in Waugh tonight.  Weather permitting, DOT said crews will close the exit ramp from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. to build temporary barrier rails for future widening of Interstate 85.  The project is part of the ongoing Montgomery Outer Loop roadway from I-85 to Vaughn Road.

GOP Donation

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians gave $100,000 dollars to a national Republican organization the same day that organization donated $100,000 dollars to a group helping former Governor Bob Riley fight gambling in Alabama.  The Montgomery Advertiser reported that the Republican State Leadership Committee shared the news of the contribution to Citizens for a Better Alabama with a letter addressed to Riley's son, Rob Riley.  The letter is dated the same day as the contribution, June 10th, 2010.  A tribal spokesman said the donation to the GOP group was to help with various elections.

At-Home Births

Mothers and midwives are asking Alabama officials to legalize at-home births when they are attended by certified midwives.  The Alabama Birth Coalition held a march over the weekend in Huntsville to raise awareness about the issue. Coalition President Hannah Ellis said state law now allows women to give birth at home.  But it makes it illegal for a midwife or other assistant to be present.  That law is intended to encourage women to give birth at hospitals.

ASU Mural

A new civil rights mural was unveiled Sunday afternoon at Alabama State University.  The mural highlights Montgomery's contribution to the civil rights movement.  Nationally acclaimed artist and mural designer Vincent Morgan presented and spoke about the mural during a dedication ceremony at ASU's National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture. 

College Debt

A study shows that 44 percent of Alabama's college graduating class of 2011 finished with debt and the average amount was more than $25,000 dollars. reports the Alabama figure was below the national average of $26,600 dollars.  The study by the Project on Student Debt found that the most indebted Alabama students graduated from Alabama A&M.  At Auburn University, 47 percent of the graduates had debt.  At the University of Alabama, 42 percent of the graduates had debt.