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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Jacobs says he gave her something in an old McDonald's cup — a drug — and as she was waking up the man announced that he was a pimp. Her pimp.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Mar 21, 2013

The Alabama Legislature has wrapped up the first half of its 2013 session and gone on spring break.  Wednesday marked the 15th meeting day of the session.  Lawmakers left the capital city last night and will return April 2nd for their final 15 meeting days. 

Common Core Standards

Alabama's common core standards for public schools have survived another challenge.  It appears a bill to abolish the standards is unlikely to pass the Legislature.  The Common Core standards for learning in math and English were recommended by the National Governors Association.  Bills were introduced in the House and Senate to prevent adoption of the standards.  The Senate bill has been indefinitely postponed.  A subcommittee of the House Education Policy Committee voted Wednesday to kill the bill. 

Accountability Act

The Republican leader of the state Senate has formed a nonprofit organization to support a new state law providing private school tax credits.  Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says the goal of the Foundation for Accountability in Education is to educate the public about the new Alabama Accountability Act. 

AEA Lawsuit

The Alabama Education Association has filed a new lawsuit seeking to overturn a law providing private school tax credits.  The suit filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court raises the same issues as the first, including whether the Legislature violated its own rules and the open meetings law when it passed the legislation February 29th.  The Alabama Supreme Court dismissed AEA's first suit because it was filed before the governor signed the legislation.  The law provides tax credits to parents who choose to send their children to private school rather than a public school rated as failing. 

Homes Damaged

The Alabama Red Cross says 370 homes were damaged during the powerful storms that struck Alabama on Monday.  Results so far from the nonprofit agency's damage assessment found that more than 65 homes were destroyed.  Another 95 homes sustained major damage and more than 200 homes had minor damage.