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Toppled trees, downed power lines, flooded roadways remain in the aftermath of a violent storm that rolled across much of central and south Alabama Tuesday afternoon and evening. Old Cloverdale is among the hard hit neighborhoods. Alabama Power Company said crews are restoring electricity to homes and businesses in Montgomery, Selma and Fort Deposit. There were no injuries.
Not Guilty Plea
A Wilcox County deputy sheriff has pleaded not guilty to charges linked with a drug trafficking sting. Federal prosecutors said 45-year-old Greg Barge of Camden is accused of transporting packages of what he thought was cocaine from Montgomery to Camden. Authorities say Barge was paid on April 10th and on May 7th to deliver what he believed to drugs in his sheriff's department vehicle, while wearing his uniform and carrying his police-issued gun. Barge was arrested June 26th and is being held without bond.
With schools preparing to begin classes next month, Alabama's school superintendent is reminding city and count school officials that students don't need a Social Security number to enroll, and their parents don't need an Alabama driver's license or state-issued ID to enroll children. State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice sent a memo saying providing a child's Social Security number is voluntary.
A longtime advocate for Alabama children is retiring. The board of VOICES for Alabama's Children announced that Linda Tilly will retire as executive director at the end of the year. Tilly has been with the statewide child advocacy organization for more than 17 years. During Tilly's tenure, she has worked to create the Children First Trust Fund and to provide funding for the All Kids health insurance program.
Authorities in Prattville say a two-year-old girl died Tuesday morning in an apparent drowning. Police and Fire Medics responded to a residence on South Washington Street just before 9:30 a.m. Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson said an initial investigation indicated the girl's drowning appeared to be an accident. The child's name was withheld.
Alabama's most specialized public schools are now labeled as failing because of a new state law that's supposed to make school more accountable. Some parents are complaining about it. All four of the state's schools that teach only special needs students are classified as failing under the Alabama Accountability Act, which became law this year.