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Alabama's teacher of the year for 2013 was in Washington D.C. Wednesday speaking at a symposium on Common Core standards. Suzanne Culbreath is a supporter of the standards, particularly Alabama's version-called Alabama College and Career Ready standards. Culbreath was an outspoken advocate of the standards during an attempt to repeal them during this year's state legislative session. Opponents worry that the standards represent a federal intrusion into the curriculum of individual states.
Montgomery's 42 Homicide
Montgomery's homicide rate stands at 42 for the year. Montgomery Police say an 18-year-old male found dead Tuesday morning behind a residence on Cedar was the victim of foul play. Jevonte Scott of Montgomery according to police died of multiple gunshot wounds. The circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting are under investigation. No arrests have been made.
Childcare Rating System
A new childcare rating system may soon be available to Alabama parents. The pilot program called, "Alabama Quality STARS" gives parents and the public a better understanding of quality childcare. 50 child care centers across the state are voluntarily participating. The program will end in June of 2014.
The 72nd annual State Farm Magic City Classic is just days away and already preparations are underway in the city of Birmingham. The annual matchup between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M brings a multitude of people into the area. Birmingham Mayor William Bell says having a strong presence at the game is a great thing for his city. The year marks the 5th consecutive year that State Farm Insurance has served as the capital sponsor of the event.