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A 17-year-old is in critical but stable condition and a 18-year-old is charged with attempted murder after a shooting early Monday morning in Opelika.  Opelika police responded to the 1800 block of Toomer Street around 12:20 a.m. on  a call of a gunshot victim.  When they arrived they found the male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was taken to the East Alabama Medical Center for treatment.  He was later flown to Columbus Midtown Medical Center.

Temperatures for June have been above normal so far in central Alabama and Friday is expected to be one of the hottest days of the year, reaching the upper 90s.  Staff meteorologist for the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham, Connor Baird, says there's no unusual weather phenomenon to blame.  Baird advises residents to stay hydrated, wear bright colored clothing and refrain from staying outside for extended periods.  

A tragic accident with a toddler at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has left many parents concerned about alligators. The cold-blood animals are a common sight in Florida ponds, lakes, lagoons and canals. Here in Alabama, wildlife experts say an alligator attack is extremely unlikely. Wildlife Biologist for the Alabama Department of Conservation, Chris Nix says people should always take precautions because the animals do not discriminate against their prey.

The president of Alabama State University announced Thursday the institution has been removed from warning status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  ASU President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd broke the news live on WVAS-FM 90.7.  Dr. Boyd said the "dark cloud" that has been over ASU for the past two years has been lifted and now the university will be able to move forward with several projects including plans for two new academic programs.  Dr. Boyd says the removal represents a new day for ASU.  

Online Meeting Leads to Murder in Selma

Jun 14, 2016

A Selma man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the death of a man he arranged to meet with online.  24-year-old Carl Edward Brown pleaded guilty to murder Monday in the death of 47-year-old Julius Burnett, who worked as a paralegal in Birmingham.  Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says Burnett, of Clanton, met Brown through Craigslist and arranged to meet him on New Year's Day 2012.  Jackson said Brown fatally shot Burnett and stole his vehicle and credit cards.  Brown was charged with capital murder and five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is the guest speaker today at an event to mark the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott being held at Alabama State University.  His presentation is titled "Bridging the Divide: Reconnecting Communities."  ASU President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd says another prominent voice associated with public transportation during the civil rights era will be heard.  The event is open to the public.  It begins at 1:30 p.m. at the John Garrick Hardy Student Center.  

Montgomery Holds Vigil for Orlando Victims

Jun 14, 2016

City residents paid tribute to victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre last night in Montgomery.  A candlelight vigil was held at the civil rights memorial on Washington Avenue.  President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen hopes that unity can be born from tragedy.  Several members of the local clergy spoke at the vigil and the names of the victims were read aloud.  The event coincided with many others across the country.  More services are scheduled for tonight.  

Prattville's 3rd Annual Creek Walk Concert Series

Jun 13, 2016

The city of Prattville is announcing its 3rd annual Creek Walk Concert Series that kicks off Tuesday.  The two-month concert series will feature four different artists and bands from Alabama.  Cultural Arts and Special Events Coordinator Barbara Simpson says the event provides entertainment for families during the summer.  "Souled Out" from Montgomery will headline the first concert, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. During the event, downtown eateries and shops will be open late and various food vendors will be on site.  More information can be found at Prattvilleal.com

Three Lives Lost During Weekend Traffic Accidents

Jun 13, 2016

Three people were killed in traffic accidents in the area over the weekend.  Most recently, a three-vehicle crash claimed the live of a Montgomery man.  State Troopers say 20 year-old Michael Jeffrey Bonner was killed when the car he was driving collided with an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck.  The wreck apparently took place on U.S. Highway 82 yesterday, about eight miles east of Maplesville.  

Hubbard Found Guilty on 12 Felony Ethics Charges

Jun 13, 2016

Former speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard says he and his family are trying to come to terms with the guilty verdicts in his ethics trial.  Legislators are also considering the ripple effect conviction could create.  Republican Representative Reed Ingram of Montgomery doesn't see any loss of credibility for the Republican Party.  One possible impact could be on the ethics law itself.  Democratic Representative John Knight of Montgomery says certain exceptions within the law are too broad.  Hubbard was found guilty on 12 felony ethics charges.