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Working daily is 'medicine' for octogenarian jeweler

Aug. 14, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

PRICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — For 81-year-old Kenneth Stuart, going to work every day is the “medicine” that keeps him alive and active. Manager of The Jeweler and More shop in Priceville for the past seven years, Stuart said it is important for him and other seniors to stay busy...

Disabled therapy dog inspiring people at Alabama hospice

Aug. 07, 2022 01:14 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Despite his physical disability, Turbo, a pet therapy dog for a hospice facility in north Alabama, is inspiring people and showing them they can overcome any problem they may face just like he has. Turbo, a 50-pound, 1-year-old chocolate lab, was born with a...

Chicago teen fatally shot outside Decatur graduation party

Jul. 31, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl from Chicago was fatally shot Sunday outside a graduation party in Decatur, authorities said. Three more people were injured. The Macon County coroner identified the teenager as T’Earra Moore. “As the party was concluding...

Inmates helping round out job market in Alabama community

Jul. 30, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — The use of trusted inmates to fill local businesses’ vacancies amid a tight labor market has helped the employers, provided money for fine or restitution payments, and benefited county jail budgets, but the inmates have to follow strict rules to remain eligible for...

Super Scout: Alabama teen earns all Scout badges, Eagle rank

Jul. 17, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Reaching across his body to the back of his left shoulder, David Hudry pointed to the blue, white and red patch stitched to the sash. “That is the Citizenship in Society merit badge. It is the last of the 138 badges I completed,” David said. ...

Alabama sales tax holiday a boost for families feeling pinch

Jul. 16, 2022 01:10 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — With inflation driving up costs, some families plan to take advantage of the state’s tax-free holiday on clothes and school supplies this weekend, saying it is vital to purchase all they can while they get the financial break. “This weekend is very...

Dry weather hampering corn, other crops in north Alabama

Jul. 09, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Abnormally dry weather in north Alabama may have ruined corn plantings and is damaging other crops. “The hot, dry weather has just hit the corn at the absolute worst time,” said Brady Peek, who farms approximately 1,800 acres in western Limestone County....

Holder White is state high court's 1st Black woman justice

Jul. 07, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first Black woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court was sworn in Thursday, celebrating the event as recognition of the “undeniable value and merit” women and people of color can offer. Lisa Holder White, formerly a 4th District State Appellate...

Annual camp promotes welding, electrical fields for women

Jun. 20, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — As Lawrence County High senior Taylor Engels and Clements High sophomore Izzy Humphries made lamps during a technology camp designed for girls, they compared electrical work to puzzle solving. “You don’t really understand if it works out or not until you go...