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The American Red Cross in Alabama is advising the public to be careful during the heat wave.  In Montgomery, Disaster Program Manger Towanna Robins suggests wearing loose-fitting clothing, she says more tips can be found on the organization's website.  

Some of the world’s best horseshoe pitchers are coming to Montgomery next week to compete in that sport’s championship. Nearly one-thousand pitchers in all will square off at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl from July 25 through August 6th.  44 different states will be represented as well as Canada and Switzerland. City officials say the championship should result in a 1-point-5 million dollar economic impact for Montgomery. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. 

A former Montgomery police chief died over the weekend.  Family members of John Wilson say the retired police chief died Saturday morning while in another state.  Wilson led the Montgomery police department from 1986 to 2004.  No other details of his death are available at this time.  

Four Republicans are running for former House Speaker Mike Hubbard's legislative seat.  The Alabama Republican Party announced that Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Brett Smith and Sandy Toomer had qualified to run for the legislative district.  Hubbard was removed from office in June after a jury convicted him of 12 felony ethics charges.  A judge sentenced him to serve four years in prison.  Hubbard is appealing his conviction.  The primary election will be held Sept. 13th.  

A two-vehicle crash in Talladega County claimed the lives of four people Saturday.  State Troopers say an SUV and a pickup truck collided on Alabama Highway 21 near Winterboro.  Four of the five people in the SUV were killed.  They have been identified by police as 38-year-old Leiah Gatlin Watts of Munford, 73-year-old Evelyn Foshee Watts also of Munford, 73-year-old Melda Fay Howard of Lincoln and 78-year-old Mary Anna Burgess Adair of Lincoln.  The driver of the pickup was not injured.  Troopers continue to investigate the accident.  

Authorities in Louisiana are investigating whether the gunman who shot and killed three officers and wounded three others had any help.  But authorities believe that Gavin Long was the lone shooter in yesterday's morning's assault.  The deaths of the Baton Rouge officers and a sheriff's deputy followed the shooting deaths of five Dallas officers and the deaths of black men by police.  Former WVAS reporter, Scottie Hunter  is now working at a television station in Baton Rouge where is is immersed in covering the turbulent string of event in that city.

An Alabama State Trooper delivered a baby while he was on the scene of a care accident on Interstate 59 in Tuscaloosa on Thursday.  Trooper Richard Pittman was approached by a motorist who needed help because his passenger was in labor.  When Pittman approached the vehicle, he found the woman in active labor.  Officials say Pittman quickly told medics the location of the vehicle and assisted in the delivery of the baby.  Pittman kept the family calm until the ambulance arrived after the baby was delivered.

The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless hosted its annual River Region Connects event yesterday in Montgomery.  Nearly 150 people attended the fair which links the homeless community with resources such as legal advice, photo I.D., food, clothes and blankets.  The event was held at the Multiplex facility in downtown Montgomery.  

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday for a non-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities.  Triumph Services was founded in Birmingham in 2007 and went from serving 16 people to more than 350.  Rick Burley, a member of Triumph's board of directors, says Triumph can serve up to 70 people with current staffing, be he expects the organization to expand to meet the needs of the region.  For more information on the services offered by Triumph, their website is triumphservices.org.  

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has testified before a grand jury, according to a person briefed on his appearance.  The revelation comes a day before legislators were to meet to push forward with efforts to impeach him over his relationship with a former aide.  Bentley appeared Wednesday.  Montgomery Circuit Judge Gene Reese on May 23 granted a request from the attorney general's office to convene a grand jury to investigate "certain matters."  The request was filed by the head of the division that investigates public corruption.  The grand jury was to be assembled July 11th.