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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.  

Police say a southeast Alabama man accused of threatening to kill police officers in a Facebook post has been charged.  Troy police Chief Randall Barr said 20-year-old Javon Keontre Pryor threatened to kill several Troy police officers in a July 8th post.  Court records state Pryor nominated officers' names as targets and referenced the recent officer killings in Texas in the post.  

A member of the court considering judicial ethics charges against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is stepping aside from the case.  Opelika attorney John Denson filed a notice recusing himself.  Denson writes he shouldn't be involved since he was part of the court when it unanimously decided to remove Moore from office in 2003.  Eight other members remain on the court to consider whether Moore should be ousted again for an order he issued about same-sex marriage.  

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.

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