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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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Apr 2, 2013

Lawmakers are back in Montgomery as the second half of this year's regular session gets underway.  The to-do list includes hammering out both the general fund and education budgets.  Democratic Representative Joe Hubbard of Montgomery predicts the session's latter half will be slow going.  He claims the power-play used in muscling school accountability legislation through the legislature is to blame.  15 legislative days remain in the 2013 regular session.  Bills on guns, abortion and Medicaid also await action. 

Statehouse Rally

A rally to defeat a bill that would impose restrictive rules for Alabama's abortion clinics drew a crowd to the Statehouse Tuesday.  Organizers from Planned Parenthood and several Democratic lawmakers spoke to a crowd of nearly 200 people urging defeat of HB 57.  Several speaker said that by imposing more restrictions on women's health clinics, the legislature is attempting to limit access to constitutionally guaranteed abortion care.  A handful of the bill's supporters waved signs and protested.  They were hoping for passage of the proposed legislation they say will improve conditions in clinics where abortions are performed.  Clinic owners say if the bill is passed, they may have to close because major building renovations would be neccessary.

Guilty Plea

A former supervisor with the Alabama Department of Public Safety has pleaded guilty to bribery, and his co-defendant from Georgia is on trial in Montgomery.  Federal court records show James Potts pleaded guilty to one count of bribery.  Co-defendant, Leland McDowell of Grovetown, Ga., went on trial Monday.  McDowell is accused of offering bribes to Potts to recommend his company for a contract to set up a system to do criminal background checks.