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    HBCU's vital in educating African Americans, students and administrators say

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    Administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities say these institutions are vital now as they were decades ago. Dr. George T. French, President of Miles College, explains the impact HBCU's have on the nation's African American students."...HBCU's only account for 4 percent of all higher education institutions, yet we graduate 25 percent of all bachelors, 40 percent of all masters, and 50 percent of all doctorates that are earned and awarded in this nation," he said.Colleges and ...

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    Gadsden man found with over 600 pornographic images and videos, arrested on child porn charges

    Pablo Gabriel Urbina Pablo Gabriel Urbina
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    A Gadsden man was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges following an extensive investigation by several law enforcement agencies, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office said.

    Two local schools awarded green ribbons

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    The U.S. Secretary of Education has named Homewood Middle School and Brock's Gap Intermediate in Hoover Green Ribbon Schools. They were recognized for efforts to lessen their carbon footprint and promote better health.

    Demopolis police searching for bank robbery suspect (surveillance video) Video included

    Surveillance video of the suspect in a bank robbery in Demopolis, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Surveillance video of the suspect in a bank robbery in Demopolis, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
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    DEMOPOLIS, Alabama -- Demopolis police need help identifying a suspect in a bank robbery late Wednesday morning.According to Chief Tommie Reese, a black male entered the downtown branch of Robertson Banking Company just before noon and hopped the teller counter before stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect jumped back over the counter and fled the scene, knocking a bank employee to the ground in the process. The employee wasn't injured and returned to work.The suspect was reporte...

    Burned body found in Fairfield identified as 22-year-old Pinson woman Video included

     The body of 22-year-old Megan Elizabeth Monroe, of Pinson, was found outside this home in Fairfield, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (abc3340.com) The body of 22-year-old Megan Elizabeth Monroe, of Pinson, was found outside this home in Fairfield, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (abc3340.com)
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    Police have identified the burned body found last weekend behind a vacant home in Fairfield as a 22-year-old Pinson woman.

    New home sales down even in the South

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    Spring often is the best time of year to buy or sell a house. Families ready to relocate begin the hunt for a home.The winter weather is past and builders are increasing inventory. This Spring is atypical: the housing market now is fighting off a difficult, long winter, mortgage rates are climbing, and there is a shortage of properties.The Commerce Department's March figures show sales of new U.S. single-family houses fell to their lowest level in eight months. Compared to March last year, sa...

    Tuscaloosa police make arrest in kidnapping and robbery

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    Tuscaloosa police arrest one man and they are still searching for another.

    More guilty pleas expected in multi-state dog fighting probe

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Seven of the 14 people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation have filed court papers saying they want to plead guilty. Jennifer McDonald of Fairburn, Ga.; Michael Martin of Auburn, Ala.; and Ricky Van Le of Biloxi, Miss., are the latest to file papers in federal court in Montgomery. Four others previously sent paperwork saying that they want to change their pleas to guilty. They are Lawrence Watford of Adel, Ga.; William Oneil Edwards of Elba, Ala.; DeMo...

    Birmingham Public Library reducing hours due to AC damage caused by extreme cold earlier this year

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    The mercury is rising, but the air conditioner at the main Birmingham Public Library is broken. That led the library to reduce hours for at least the next six to eight weeks. The needed repairs are the result of a January cold snap that ruptured the air conditioner coil in the library's main air handler. Parts have been ordered, and repairs will be scheduled once the parts arrive. Starting Monday, April 28, the downtown location at 2100 Park Place will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., Mond...

    Search for Riverside man in Logan Martin Lake enters day 3

    Various law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search for a Riverside man who went missing in Logan Martin Lake. (abc3340.com) Various law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search for a Riverside man who went missing in Logan Martin Lake. (abc3340.com)
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    The search continues for a Riverside man who fell from a fishing boat in Logan Martin Lake on Sunday.

    ABC 33/40 earns 6 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for 2014

    ABC 33/40 (WBMA) won six 2014 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including one for Overall Excellence. (abc3340.com) ABC 33/40 (WBMA) won six 2014 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including one for Overall Excellence. (abc3340.com)
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    The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced Tuesday the winners of the 2014 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and ABC 33/40 earned six awards, including one for Overall Excellence in Large Market Television.

    Parents remember daughter who died in ATV accident Video included

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    Gracie Abbott's parents never imagined that an Easter Sunday gathering would end the way it did. They tell me their daughter rode ATVs all time. And when they got the call that she was had been in an accident they were sure it wasn't that serious. But it was serious. "I talked to her. I told her that we were proud of her. I held her," said Sharon Abbott.Abbott says she's almost sure her daughter Gracie was gone at that point. She says Gracie's eyes were already fixated and dilated by the time...

    Officer-involved shooting in Anniston leaves 53-year-old man dead Video included

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    ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Calhoun County officials say Anniston police fatally shot a man who was accused of pointing a gun at them. According to County Coroner Shane Adrian, 53-year-old Frank Charles Johnston was pronounced dead after being shot outside his house in the Blue Mountain area Tuesday morning. Adrian says neighbors told investigators that Johnston was standing in the street with a gun and that he pointed the weapon at responding officers. Adrian says Johnston's body is being taken to...

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    • Two local schools awarded green ribbons

      Two local schools awarded green ribbons

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:23:45 GMT
      The U.S. Secretary of Education has named Homewood Middle School and Brock's Gap Intermediate in Hoover Green Ribbon Schools. They were recognized for efforts to lessen their carbon footprint and promote better health.More >>
      The U.S. Secretary of Education has named Homewood Middle School and Brock's Gap Intermediate in Hoover Green Ribbon Schools. They were recognized for efforts to lessen their carbon footprint and promote better health.More >>
    • Burned body found in Fairfield identified as 22-year-old Pinson woman

      Burned body found in Fairfield identified as 22-year-old Pinson woman

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:18:15 GMT
       The body of 22-year-old Megan Elizabeth Monroe, of Pinson, was found outside this home in Fairfield, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (abc3340.com) The body of 22-year-old Megan Elizabeth Monroe, of Pinson, was found outside this home in Fairfield, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (abc3340.com)
      Police have identified the burned body found last weekend behind a vacant home in Fairfield as a 22-year-old Pinson woman.More >>
      Police have identified the burned body found last weekend behind a vacant home in Fairfield as a 22-year-old Pinson woman.More >>
    • Birmingham Public Library reducing hours due to AC damage caused by extreme cold earlier this year

      Birmingham Public Library reducing hours due to AC damage caused by extreme cold earlier this year

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:50:59 GMT
      The mercury is rising, but the air conditioner at the main Birmingham Public Library is broken. That led the library to reduce hours for at least the next six to eight weeks. The needed repairs are the result of a January cold snap that ruptured the air conditioner coil in the library's main air handler. Parts have been ordered, and repairs will be scheduled once the parts arrive. Starting Monday, April 28, the downtown location at 2100 Park Place will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., Mond...More >>
      The mercury is rising, but the air conditioner at the main Birmingham Public Library is broken. That led the library to reduce hours for at least the next six to eight weeks. The needed repairs are the result of a January cold snap that ruptured the air conditioner coil in the library's main air handler. Parts have been ordered, and repairs will be scheduled once the parts arrive. Starting Monday, April 28, the downtown location at 2100 Park Place will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., Mond...More >>
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    • Demopolis police searching for bank robbery suspect (surveillance video)

      Demopolis police searching for bank robbery suspect (surveillance video)

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:53:26 GMT
      Surveillance video of the suspect in a bank robbery in Demopolis, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.Surveillance video of the suspect in a bank robbery in Demopolis, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
      DEMOPOLIS, Alabama -- Demopolis police need help identifying a suspect in a bank robbery late Wednesday morning.According to Chief Tommie Reese, a black male entered the downtown branch of Robertson Banking Company just before noon and hopped the teller counter before stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect jumped back over the counter and fled the scene, knocking a bank employee to the ground in the process. The employee wasn't injured and returned to work.The suspect was reporte...More >>
      DEMOPOLIS, Alabama -- Demopolis police need help identifying a suspect in a bank robbery late Wednesday morning.According to Chief Tommie Reese, a black male entered the downtown branch of Robertson Banking Company just before noon and hopped the teller counter before stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect jumped back over the counter and fled the scene, knocking a bank employee to the ground in the process. The employee wasn't injured and returned to work.The suspect was reporte...More >>
    • Tuscaloosa police make arrest in kidnapping and robbery

      Tuscaloosa police make arrest in kidnapping and robbery

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:11:43 GMT
      Tuscaloosa police arrest one man and they are still searching for another.More >>
      Tuscaloosa police arrest one man and they are still searching for another.More >>
    • Alabama State Bar to Host Free Legal Clinic in Tuscaloosa

      Alabama State Bar to Host Free Legal Clinic in Tuscaloosa

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:17:09 GMT
      The Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program, working in cooperation with the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association and the University of Alabama School of Law, will host a free legal clinic for low-income residents of Tuscaloosa County. The clinic is open to the more than 40,000 low-income residents of Tuscaloosa County coping civil legal challenges. The clinic's lawyers are experienced in various areas of the law and will be available to answer questions in the areas of divorce/custody/visit...More >>
      The Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program, working in cooperation with the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association and the University of Alabama School of Law, will host a free legal clinic for low-income residents of Tuscaloosa County. The clinic is open to the more than 40,000 low-income residents of Tuscaloosa County coping civil legal challenges. The clinic's lawyers are experienced in various areas of the law and will be available to answer questions in the areas of divorce/custody/visit...More >>
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    • More guilty pleas expected in multi-state dog fighting probe

      More guilty pleas expected in multi-state dog fighting probe

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:08:05 GMT
      MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Seven of the 14 people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation have filed court papers saying they want to plead guilty. Jennifer McDonald of Fairburn, Ga.; Michael Martin of Auburn, Ala.; and Ricky Van Le of Biloxi, Miss., are the latest to file papers in federal court in Montgomery. Four others previously sent paperwork saying that they want to change their pleas to guilty. They are Lawrence Watford of Adel, Ga.; William Oneil Edwards of Elba, Ala.; DeMo...More >>
      MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Seven of the 14 people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation have filed court papers saying they want to plead guilty. Jennifer McDonald of Fairburn, Ga.; Michael Martin of Auburn, Ala.; and Ricky Van Le of Biloxi, Miss., are the latest to file papers in federal court in Montgomery. Four others previously sent paperwork saying that they want to change their pleas to guilty. They are Lawrence Watford of Adel, Ga.; William Oneil Edwards of Elba, Ala.; DeMo...More >>
    • Parents remember daughter who died in ATV accident

      Parents remember daughter who died in ATV accident

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:54:01 GMT
      Gracie Abbott's parents never imagined that an Easter Sunday gathering would end the way it did. They tell me their daughter rode ATVs all time. And when they got the call that she was had been in an accident they were sure it wasn't that serious. But it was serious. "I talked to her. I told her that we were proud of her. I held her," said Sharon Abbott.Abbott says she's almost sure her daughter Gracie was gone at that point. She says Gracie's eyes were already fixated and dilated by the time...More >>
      Gracie Abbott's parents never imagined that an Easter Sunday gathering would end the way it did. They tell me their daughter rode ATVs all time. And when they got the call that she was had been in an accident they were sure it wasn't that serious. But it was serious. "I talked to her. I told her that we were proud of her. I held her," said Sharon Abbott.Abbott says she's almost sure her daughter Gracie was gone at that point. She says Gracie's eyes were already fixated and dilated by the time...More >>
    • Auburn University offering $10,000 reward for tips about campus threats

      Auburn University offering $10,000 reward for tips about campus threats

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:16:00 GMT
      Auburn University and police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for recent threats made on campus. Auburn University and police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for recent threats made on campus.
      After two incidents of threats within the past week that have disrupted classes and campus operations, Auburn University is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.More >>
      After two incidents of threats within the past week that have disrupted classes and campus operations, Auburn University is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.More >>
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    • Gadsden man found with over 600 pornographic images and videos, arrested on child porn charges

      Gadsden man found with over 600 pornographic images and videos, arrested on child porn charges

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:11:36 GMT
      Pablo Gabriel UrbinaPablo Gabriel Urbina
      A Gadsden man was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges following an extensive investigation by several law enforcement agencies, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office said.More >>
      A Gadsden man was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges following an extensive investigation by several law enforcement agencies, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office said.More >>
    • Search for Riverside man in Logan Martin Lake enters day 3

      Search for Riverside man in Logan Martin Lake enters day 3

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:31:06 GMT
      Various law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search for a Riverside man who went missing in Logan Martin Lake. (abc3340.com)Various law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search for a Riverside man who went missing in Logan Martin Lake. (abc3340.com)
      The search continues for a Riverside man who fell from a fishing boat in Logan Martin Lake on Sunday.More >>
      The search continues for a Riverside man who fell from a fishing boat in Logan Martin Lake on Sunday.
      More >>
    • Officer-involved shooting in Anniston leaves 53-year-old man dead

      Officer-involved shooting in Anniston leaves 53-year-old man dead

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:24:15 GMT
      ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Calhoun County officials say Anniston police fatally shot a man who was accused of pointing a gun at them. According to County Coroner Shane Adrian, 53-year-old Frank Charles Johnston was pronounced dead after being shot outside his house in the Blue Mountain area Tuesday morning. Adrian says neighbors told investigators that Johnston was standing in the street with a gun and that he pointed the weapon at responding officers. Adrian says Johnston's body is being taken to...More >>
      ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Calhoun County officials say Anniston police fatally shot a man who was accused of pointing a gun at them. According to County Coroner Shane Adrian, 53-year-old Frank Charles Johnston was pronounced dead after being shot outside his house in the Blue Mountain area Tuesday morning. Adrian says neighbors told investigators that Johnston was standing in the street with a gun and that he pointed the weapon at responding officers. Adrian says Johnston's body is being taken to...More >>
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