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Man arrested in Minnesota in Alabama slaying

Jun. 08, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A man wanted in a gunshot killing that occurred last year in Alabama has been arrested in Minnesota, police said Wednesday. Javontae Mitchell, 18, was captured last week near the Canadian border by federal marshals, said Lt. Ray Blanks of the Selma Police...

1st remote air traffic control center in US to be in Alabama

Jun. 03, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A company is seeking to build the country’s first-ever remote air traffic control center, which could handle traffic for multiple airports, on the site of an old Air Force base in Alabama, a newspaper reports. Advanced ATC Inc., an air traffic control academy...

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey avoids runoff in Republican primary

May. 25, 2022 00:30 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey turned back eight primary challengers to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination without a runoff Tuesday after an unexpectedly tough race that pushed a candidate known for folksiness far to the right. With a comfortable lead over her two...

Alabama inmate convicted of murder captured after escape

May. 16, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted of murder in west Alabama more than a decade ago was captured Monday a day after escaping from a minimum-security corrections center near Mobile, prison officials said. Jeffery Strugg, 31, was discovered missing from community-based facility in...

Alabama judge refuses dismissal in Confederate chair theft

May. 08, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has refused to dismiss an indictment against a New Orleans tattoo artist accused in a bizarre theft in which a chair-shaped Confederate monument was taken from a cemetery and held for ransom. Dallas County Circuit Judge Collins Pettaway Jr....

Alabama church of 'Bloody Sunday' on endangered places list

May. 04, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

Like religious congregants all over, the people of historic Brown Chapel AME Church turned off the lights and locked the doors at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic because it wasn’t safe to gather for worship with a deadly virus circulating. For a time, the landmark church that launched a...

Black Catholic nuns: A compelling, long-overlooked history

Apr. 30, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

Even as a young adult, Shannen Dee Williams – who grew up Black and Catholic in Memphis, Tennessee – knew of only one Black nun, and a fake one at that: Sister Mary Clarence, as played by Whoopi Goldberg in the comic film “Sister Act.” After 14 years of tenacious research,...

Black Catholic nuns: A compelling, long-overlooked history

Apr. 30, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

Even as a young adult, Shannen Dee Williams – who grew up Black and Catholic in Memphis, Tennessee – knew of only one Black nun, and a fake one at that: Sister Mary Clarence, as played by Whoopi Goldberg in the comic film “Sister Act.” After 14 years of research, Williams...

Alabama plan advances to alter name of Edmund Pettus Bridge

Apr. 05, 2022 21:27 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday advanced legislation that would alter the name of Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor those who were beaten on the bridge as they marched for civil rights in 1965. The Alabama Senate voted 23-3 for legislation that would change...

New Orleans board choose first woman to lead school district

Apr. 02, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans public school officials have made an historic choice in naming a woman to serve as its leader, marking the first time its done so in 181 years. The Orleans Parish School Board on Wednesday named Dr. Avis Williams to replace Superintendent Dr....