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Alabama State Softball Team Heads to NCAA Tournament

May 16, 2016

The Alabama State softball team will be headed to the NCAA Regional Tournament in a four-team grouping in Gainsville, Florida.  The NCAA Selection Show last night revealed the Lady Hornets will take on the Florida Gators on Friday at 1:30.  ASU Head Coach Chris Steiner-Wilcoxcon says she's proud the team is making a name of their own.  The Lady Hornets made school history after winning its first SWAC softball championship by defeating Texas Southern 18-8 in the SWAC Championship on Saturday in Irondale.  

Madison County Assistant DA Charged with DUI

May 16, 2016

A Madison County assistant district attorney has been reassigned to non-courtroom duties after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence.  Jail records show Thomas Paul Barnett was arrested Saturday morning.  He was released on a $1,000 bond the same day.  No further details have been released.  Madison County District Attorney Robert L. Broussard said Barnett made a mistake.  

Toddler's Body Found in Dale County

May 16, 2016

Search crews have discovered the body of a 5-year-old girl who went missing over the weekend.  Dale County Chief Sheriff's officials say the child was swimming with two of her siblings in the Choctawhatchee River when they all went under, her siblings were rescued, her body was discovered on Monday about 200 yards where  she went under.  Her name has not been released.  

ASU Women's SoftballTeam in NCAA Tournament

May 16, 2016

The Alabama State University softball team will take on Florida in the NCAA Softball Tournament this week.  The NCAA Selection Show this weekend revealed that the Lady Hornets will travel to Gainesville in a four-team regional matchup.  ASU plays the two-time defending champions and overall number one-seeded Gators Friday at 1:30.  The Hornets won the SWAC Tournament over the weekend.  They were one of five teams from the state of Alabama to make the tournament.  The game will air on the SEC Network.  

Crews have been searching a southeast Alabama river and areas nearby for a missing 5-year-old girl.  Dale County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Mason Bynum says the girl was swimming with two siblings when all three went under water in the Choctawhatchee River Sunday afternoon.  Bynum said another person in the area was able to rescue two of the siblings.  Crews searched until late Sunday night and planned to resume the search today.  

Accidental Death at Selma Motorsports Park

May 16, 2016

Officials say a Montgomery man has died after an accident at the Selma Motorsports Park.  Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says that 39-year-old Darren Dwayne Bryant died after a crash on the racetrack Saturday night.  Jackson says Bryant was driving his pickup truck on the track when it was rear ended.  The vehicle veered into another lane and overturned.  Bryant later died from his injuries.  The death has been classified as an accident.  

Alabama House Speaker's Ethics Trial Begins

May 16, 2016

The speaker of the Alabama House is going on trial on felony ethics charges that could result in his removal from office.  Jury selection is set to begin today for state Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn.  He's facing 23 counts of using his office and past position as chairman of the Alabama GOP for personal gain.  Hubbard says he didn't do anything illegal.  A jury pulled from as many as 140 prospective jurors will decide his fate in a trial that officials say could last three weeks.  Hubbard's trial comes as two other top Alabama officials are also at risk of losing their jobs.

ASU Softball Team Wins

May 13, 2016

The Alabama State University Softball team won in dramatic fashion in their second game of the SWAC Tournament.  Outfielder Jenna Mae Thorne blasted a walk-off home-run in the 9th inning to give ASU a 7 to 6 victory over Southern.  

Residents Attend VictoryLand Town Hall Meeting

May 13, 2016

Macon County residents showed up for a town hall meeting last night in Tuskegee to learn the latest on when VictoryLand might reopen.  Owner Milton McGregor has sworn to restart the casino, despite an Alabama Supreme Court decision.  He told those in attendance that the facility would soon be operational.  McGregor says the target for re-opening is sometime this summer.  

Charges Dropped Against North Alabama Police Officer

May 13, 2016

Prosecutors are looking to drop state charges against a north Alabama police officer accused of assaulting an Indian man during a suspicious person investigation.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed a motion Thursday to dismiss the case against Eric Parker in Limestone County Circuit Court.  Parker was recorded slamming 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel to the ground in February 2015.  Patel was out for a walk when he was approached by police.  Parker has said Patel resisted him.