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The testing company ACT says most of the high school graduates taking its tests this year aren't ready for the next level. ACT says only about 25 percent have the necessary skills in reading, math, English and science to succeed in college or a career. Freddie Williams, Director of Admission and Recruitment at Alabama State University, says his department is trying to take this negative and turn it into a positive. Williams says ASU's recruitment and retention numbers are slightly up from this time last year.
State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter of Huntsville says she's decided to run for re-election rather than for governor. Hunter announced in June that she was considering challenging Republican Governor Robert Bentley in the GOP primary next year. She says she decided not to run for governor after talking with Bentley.
Alagasco is unveiling the fourth of five gas lights commemorating the civil rights movement in Alabama. A ceremony was held in Anniston Thursday for a gas light recognizing the Freedom Riders. They set out across the South in 1961 to test enforcement of federal rules banning segregation on interstate bus travel.
The Stingettes of Alabama State University will be featured in the yet-to-be-released Robin Thicke video for his hit "Give It 2 U." The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the dance team worked 12 to 14 hour shifts during the two-day video shoot. Thicke visited the group, posed for pictures and gave them copies of his new CD.