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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Nov 2, 2012

A new presidential survey compiled by a think tank at Alabama State University shows a majority of respondents favor Republican Mitt Romney over Democrat Barack Obama in the race for the White House.  The survey released today by the ASU Center for Leadership and Public Policy surveyed 429 would-be voters between September 24th and October 31st.  The poll showed 55 percent support Romney and 36 percent backed President Obama.  34 percent of those surveyed supported Republican Roy Moore and 19 percent backed Democrat Robert Vance.  In the race for President of the Alabama Public Service Commisssion.  Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh outpolled incumbent Democrat Lucy Baxley 27 percent to 20 percent, respectively.  But a whopping 45 percent remain undecided. 

Hurricane Sandy

Electric Utility companies in Alabama are doing their part to help cities and communities on the eastern seaboard in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  A television station in Huntsville reports that crews from a north Alabama utility were told Thursday that they cannot work in New Jersey because they are not Union employees.  WAFF TV said it happened in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.  The station reports the crew from Decatur Utilities decided to return to Alabama.  Despite the incident, hundreds of crews from Alabama are assisting with restoring electricity.

Deadline Extended

Alabama's top election official has extended the deadline for applying for an absentee ballot for military and National Guard personnel deployed to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.  The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot was Thursday, but Secretary of State Beth Chapman said the law gives her the ability to provide extra time for military voters.  Chapman said deployed military voters, including National Guard members, can apply for an absentee ballot through Monday by sending a fax ore email to their county's absentee election manager.  They man request electronic transmission of the absentee ballot.

Four Arrested

Montgomery police say four people were arrested Wednesday after officers found materials used to make methamphetamine at a residence on Bridle Path Lane.  Lt. Regina Duckett, a police spokeswoman, said three males and a female ere each charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.