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    When does school start in Alabama? See academic calendars for 2014-15 Video included

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    It's the question every student avoids asking as summer nears the end: When does school start? Check out the 2014-15 academic calendars for schools across central Alabama.

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    Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend Starts Friday

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    Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend will kick off this Friday and end on Sunday. During that time, shoppers can purchase school supplies, clothing and computers without paying the state's sales tax on it.

    Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

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    A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New...

    Homewood City Council denies hotel an extension to continue operating

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    A Homewood hotel plagued by problems must close by the end of the week. City leaders considered an extension for America's Best Value Inn and Suites, but denied the request.

    Two shot at Tuscaloosa apartment complex

    Two shot at Tuscaloosa apartment complex

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    A female juvenile and an adult male were shot around 7pm at Forrester Gardens Apartments in 1300 James Harrison Pkwy.

    Pike Road woman named new ASU Trustee

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    Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Pam Ware of Pike Road as a trustee of Alabama State University.A spokeswoman for the governor says Ware replaces Elton Dean of Montgomery, who resigned last week at the request of the governor.Ware is an Alabama State graduate who works as manager of intergovernmental affairs at the Business Council of Alabama.Also on Monday, the governor scheduled a special meeting for the Alabama State trustees on Aug. 8. A spokeswoman for the governor says topics to be dis...

    Principal address several job openings at Minor High School

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    Students in Jefferson County return to school next week. Parents with kids at Minor High School wonder who will teach them and which classes they'll take. One emailed ABC 33/40 asking us to help get answers.The parent told ABC 33/40 through email, there are 20 vacancies on the staff and no counselors on the payroll Minor High. Principal Dr. JuntaAnnn acknowledged she is in a hiring blitz, but there's more to the story."Minor High School is a well-kept secret," said Dr.Annn.Dr.Annn is aware on...

    Commissioner Brown asks for end to vote challenge

    Commissioner Brown asks for end to vote challenge

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    Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown stood with her attorneys and supporters.

    Rebuilding continues in Bessemer for homes, park hit by tornado Video included

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    Rebuilding efforts continue in Bessemer three months after a tornado hit central Alabama.Volunteers are now fixing houses that were destroyed to help families return home.

    Update: Man arrested after woman doused with gasoline and burned

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    The Jefferson County Sheriff's department is looking for 48 year old Michael Kennedy. He's wanted on several charges after allegedly setting his ex-girlfriend on fire. Just after 2:30 this morning deputies respond to a report of a house fire in the 4400 block of Nellie Anderson Street. They arrived to find a 49 year old female victim with extensive burns to her head, arms, upper body and legs. She was transported to the hospital and admitted to a burn unit in serious condition. Investigators...

    Alabama farmers honored at the White House

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    Two Alabama farmers are being honored at the White House. Bill Bridgeforth of Tanner and Lee Haynes of Cullman are among 15 people being recognized as "Champions of Change" in Washington on Tuesday. The the Agriculture Department honors people who are empowering and inspiring members of their local communities.Bridgeforth is a fourth-generation farmer in Limestone County. He's also a county chairman of the National Black Growers Association.Haynes is an egg farmer in Cullman County. After gra...

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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    A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department...

    FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

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    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. Beginning in 2006, Southwest made "extreme makeover" alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said. An FAA investigation determined that Southwest's contractor, Aviation Technical Services Inc. of Everett, Washington, failed to follow proper ...

    Update: Body found in bakery truck, no foul play involved

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    ABC 33/40 has confirmed that the body of 40 year old bakery employee Shane Landrip Caldwell was found in the truck. Police do not believe any foul play was involved.

    Nationwide manhunt for Ozark man accused of kidnapping, sexual assault

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    A 30 year old woman and 8 year old child are receiving medical treatment after they were kidnapped and sexually assaulted. A nationwide manhunt is now underway for the suspect.

    Attorney "getting conflicting stories about absentee ballots" in contested JeffCo race

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    Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown is expected to address the challenge to the District Two election results Monday. The contest was filed by one of her opponent's supporters. ABC 33/40 spoke with the attorney representing that supporter.

    A triple shooting leaves one person dead

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    One person is dead and two others in juried in an early morning shooting in Ensley. Birmingham Police report incident occurred in the 1600 Block of Avenue I. Around 2:30 a.m. police were called to the location and found the victim lying face down in the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. Birmingham Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. The name of the victim has not yet been released pending notification of relatives. Ther...

    Judge Rules Benz Plant Violated Labor Laws

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    A judge has ruled Mercedes-Benz U.S. International violated labor laws while dealing with employees interested in forming a labor union.An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board ordered MBUSI to revise rules in its employee handbook governing the solicitation and distribution of materials at its auto manufacturing plant in Vance.The United Auto Workers accused Mercedes managers of stymieing pro-union employees' efforts to distribute information about the union.Mercede...

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      Relieved evacuees return after California wildfire

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:17 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:17:42 GMT
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      Most of the 1,200 people driven to evacuate by a Northern California wildfire that destroyed 13 homes have been told they can safely return after a series of steady gains in the firefight.More >>
    • Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

      Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:46 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:46:11 GMT
      A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New...More >>
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      NYC uses food trucks to bring summer meals to kids

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    • Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend Starts Friday

      Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend Starts Friday

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:26 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:26:45 GMT
      Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend will kick off this Friday and end on Sunday. During that time, shoppers can purchase school supplies, clothing and computers without paying the state's sales tax on it.More >>
      Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend will kick off this Friday and end on Sunday. During that time, shoppers can purchase school supplies, clothing and computers without paying the state's sales tax on it.More >>
    • Homewood City Council denies hotel an extension to continue operating

      Homewood City Council denies hotel an extension to continue operating

      Monday, July 28 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:27:21 GMT
      A Homewood hotel plagued by problems must close by the end of the week. City leaders considered an extension for America's Best Value Inn and Suites, but denied the request.More >>
      A Homewood hotel plagued by problems must close by the end of the week. City leaders considered an extension for America's Best Value Inn and Suites, but denied the request.More >>
    • Principal address several job openings at Minor High School

      Principal address several job openings at Minor High School

      Monday, July 28 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:14:34 GMT
      Students in Jefferson County return to school next week. Parents with kids at Minor High School wonder who will teach them and which classes they'll take. One emailed ABC 33/40 asking us to help get answers.The parent told ABC 33/40 through email, there are 20 vacancies on the staff and no counselors on the payroll Minor High. Principal Dr. JuntaAnnn acknowledged she is in a hiring blitz, but there's more to the story."Minor High School is a well-kept secret," said Dr.Annn.Dr.Annn is aware on...More >>
      Students in Jefferson County return to school next week. Parents with kids at Minor High School wonder who will teach them and which classes they'll take. One emailed ABC 33/40 asking us to help get answers.The parent told ABC 33/40 through email, there are 20 vacancies on the staff and no counselors on the payroll Minor High. Principal Dr. JuntaAnnn acknowledged she is in a hiring blitz, but there's more to the story."Minor High School is a well-kept secret," said Dr.Annn.Dr.Annn is aware on...More >>
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    • Pike Road woman named new ASU Trustee

      Pike Road woman named new ASU Trustee

      Monday, July 28 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:27:11 GMT
      Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Pam Ware of Pike Road as a trustee of Alabama State University.A spokeswoman for the governor says Ware replaces Elton Dean of Montgomery, who resigned last week at the request of the governor.Ware is an Alabama State graduate who works as manager of intergovernmental affairs at the Business Council of Alabama.Also on Monday, the governor scheduled a special meeting for the Alabama State trustees on Aug. 8. A spokeswoman for the governor says topics to be dis...More >>
      Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Pam Ware of Pike Road as a trustee of Alabama State University.A spokeswoman for the governor says Ware replaces Elton Dean of Montgomery, who resigned last week at the request of the governor.Ware is an Alabama State graduate who works as manager of intergovernmental affairs at the Business Council of Alabama.Also on Monday, the governor scheduled a special meeting for the Alabama State trustees on Aug. 8. A spokeswoman for the governor says topics to be dis...More >>
    • Alabama farmers honored at the White House

      Alabama farmers honored at the White House

      Monday, July 28 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:52:40 GMT
      Two Alabama farmers are being honored at the White House. Bill Bridgeforth of Tanner and Lee Haynes of Cullman are among 15 people being recognized as "Champions of Change" in Washington on Tuesday. The the Agriculture Department honors people who are empowering and inspiring members of their local communities.Bridgeforth is a fourth-generation farmer in Limestone County. He's also a county chairman of the National Black Growers Association.Haynes is an egg farmer in Cullman County. After gra...More >>
      Two Alabama farmers are being honored at the White House. Bill Bridgeforth of Tanner and Lee Haynes of Cullman are among 15 people being recognized as "Champions of Change" in Washington on Tuesday. The the Agriculture Department honors people who are empowering and inspiring members of their local communities.Bridgeforth is a fourth-generation farmer in Limestone County. He's also a county chairman of the National Black Growers Association.Haynes is an egg farmer in Cullman County. After gra...More >>
    • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

      FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

      Monday, July 28 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:19:17 GMT
      The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. Beginning in 2006, Southwest made "extreme makeover" alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said. An FAA investigation determined that Southwest's contractor, Aviation Technical Services Inc. of Everett, Washington, failed to follow proper ...More >>
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