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The Democratic National Convention kicked off its first day in Philadelphia on Monday and First Lady Michelle Obama had delegates at the convention on their feet.  Birmingham District 60 Representative Juandalynn Givan spoke with WVAS News about the convention's atmosphere.  Tuesday night Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton will take the stage along with "Mothers of the Movement" a group of black women who have seen their children killed in high-profile incidents involving law enforcement.

General Mills is expanding a flour recall issued over a possible link to an E.coli outbreak after four new illnesses were reported.  The recall announced Monday covers several varieties of Gold Medal and Signature Kitchens flour produced on certain dates through February 10th.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said flour produced at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri, is a likely source of the outbreak, which so far has sickened 46 people in 21 states.

A Hiring Our Heros job fair is going on today at Garrett Coliseum.  The annual career fair is organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for veterans, service members and their spouses.  The fair is located in the coliseum complex's Teague Arena until 1:30 p.m.  It's a chance for veterans to meet with dozens of local and regional employers.  A workshop to help participants build their resumes and hone their interview skills led off the event.  

A shooting in a vehicle yesterday morning led to an accident on Interstate 85 in Lee County.  Authorities say a woman was shot in the head as she rode in a car with several others.  The suspect apparently jumped from the moving vehicle and fled into nearby woods.  An 18 wheeler somehow struck the vehicle during the incident.  Traffic on the interstate in the Auburn-Opelika area was stymied for hours.  Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says the unidentified woman died from her injuries.  Police eventually captured the man who fled the scene in a Valley convenience store.

Alabama is among fewer than a dozen states where the price of regular unleaded gas has fallen below two dollars a gallon.  Although Monday's national average is $2.21 per gallon, Triple A Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram Ingram says the average price of gas in the state's four largest cities currently ranges from $1.87 in Montgomery to $1.98 in Mobile.  Triple A said pump prices have declined in 47 states over the past week, making the cost of fuel substantially lower in every state compared to 2015.  

Authorities say parts of Alabama continue to weather an extreme drought.  The U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report tracking drought conditions nationwide, show the worst of Alabama's drought in the state's northeast corner.  The most serious situation extreme drought conditions continued in nearly all of Jackson County and large parts of Madison and Dekalb counties.  

Jurors in Alabama have convicted a middle school teacher on child pornography charges.  Eighth-grade science teacher Jeremiah Hunter was convicted in Mobile after just 10 minutes of deliberations.  Prosecutors claimed the one-time teacher of the year at Hankins Middle School sexted with multiple boys.  Hunter claimed he was only investigating suspicions that students were sending nude photos to each other.  

The Alabama Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate was six percent last month.  That's the same as the jobless rate from May, and it remains well above the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.  

Students in the Alabama State University ASPIRE program are pitching in to help fight hunger at the Montgomery Area Food Bank.  Thursday middle and high school students had an opportunity to sort ration food bags, wash produce and repackage food for needy families.  Program Director Cynthia Handy says Thursday's effort falls right in line with the summer program.  This is the fourth year students helped out at the food bank.  To learn more about the ASPIRE program visit alasu.edu. 

Horseshoes will be pitched in earnest starting next week in Montgomery.  That's when the World Horseshoe Pitching Championship gets started at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl where more than 50 courts and 118 pits have been assembled for the event. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says the economic impact could be significant.  The competitors are coming from 44 different states as well as Canada and Switzerland.  The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.