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University of South Alabama board appoints acting president

Apr. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The University of South Alabama's Board of Trustees appointed an acting president Thursday to replace Tony Waldrop, who's retiring effective July 1. The board's executive committee approved a resolution that names Executive Vice President Dr. John W....

After union fight, Jeff Bezos to focus on Amazon workers

Apr. 15, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After a union battle at an Alabama warehouse, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said that as executive chairman he will focus on making the company a better place to work. Bezos made the disclosure Thursday in his annual letter to shareholders. He said he didn't...

Proposal in Alabama to up protection for Confederate statues

Apr. 14, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawmaker who disputes that slavery was the cause of the Civil War has proposed fining cities $10,000 a day for taking down Confederate and other longstanding monuments, a bill that drew contentious debate on Wednesday. The House State...

IndyCar opens season with stacked rookie class chasing Dixon

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

Jimmie Johnson, Scott McLaughlin and Romain Grosjean, oh my! That's quite the rookie class for IndyCar, which opens the season Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama stacked with storylines throughout the grid. Johnson brings seven NASCAR...

Video shows man firing on deputies after high-speed chase

Apr. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — Dashcam video released Wednesday shows a man opening fire on Georgia sheriff's deputies and the deputies returning fire following a high-speed chase. Authorities have said two cousins from Birmingham, Alabama — 22-year-old Aaron Jajuan Shelton...

Red states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

Apr. 14, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — With coronavirus shots now in the arms of nearly half of American adults, the parts of the U.S. that are excelling and those that are struggling with vaccinations are starting to look like the nation’s political map: deeply divided between red and blue states. ...

Sweet potato could be Alabama's official state vegetable

Apr. 14, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The sweet potato could soon be the official state vegetable of Alabama. The Alabama Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill to name the sweet potato as the official state vegetable. The House of Representatives voted 84-4 for the...

AUTO RACING: NASCAR's short track swing wraps up at Richmond

Apr. 14, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

All Times Eastern NASCAR CUP SERIES Toyota Owners 400 Site: Richmond, Virginia Schedule: Sunday, race, 3 p.m. Track: Richmond Raceway Race distance: 400 laps, 300...

Plea set in crash that killed Auburn broadcaster, wife

Apr. 14, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An 18-year-old charged in the wreck that killed an Auburn University broadcaster and his wife will face reduced punishment after being granted youthful offender status. Johnston Edward Taylor can receive a maximum sentence of three years following...

3rd person arrested in stolen Confederate monument case

Apr. 14, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A third person has been arrested in connection with a stolen Confederate monument, New Orleans police said. Stanley Pate turned himself in Friday after being wanted in connection for possession of stolen property, the New Orleans Police Department...