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FILE -In this March 12, 2016 file photo, the sign to The William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala., is displayed.  The Alabama Department of Corrections on Jan. 28, 2020 announced plans to largely shutter Holman Correctional Facility because of infrastructure problems.   (Sharon Steinmann/AL.com via AP, File)

Alabama to shutter aging, dilapidated prison

Jan. 29, 2020 3:03 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state prison in Alabama's troubled corrections system will be largely shut down because of infrastructure problems that were the culmination of years of neglect, the state prison commissioner announced Wednesday. The move is the latest upheaval in the prison system that has...

Former officer sentenced to 14 years for fatal shooting

Jan. 29, 2020 1:13 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Alabama police officer to 14 years in prison for the 2016 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man. A judge handed down the sentence to former Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith, news outlets reported. A jury in November found Smith...

FILE - In this April 6, 2000 file photo, Space shuttle Atlantis mission commander James Halsell Jr. speaks to reporters at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Lawyers for Halsell, the retired NASA astronaut charged with murder in a fatal car crash that killed two young sisters, contend tests reveal there wasn't any alcohol in his system, court documents show. Attorneys for Halsell filed a motion including the test results Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)

Judge: Jurors can't hear of ex-astronaut's DUI in crash case

Jan. 29, 2020 9:27 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge has barred prosecutors from telling jurors about a former astronaut's drunken driving conviction during his upcoming trial over a wreck that killed two young sisters in rural Alabama. Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge Allen May issued the ruling Tuesday in the reckless murder...

A salvage crane shrouded in fog rises above a barge in a creek near the Tennessee River at the scene of a fatal marina fire at Scottsboro, Ala., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Crews already have removed at least two boats that burned at Jackson County Park Marina, and authorities say it could take several days to recover all 35 of the boats that burned in the blaze. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Coroner: 4 of 8 boat dock fire victims were children

Jan. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EST

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Roughly two dozen people lived on Dock B at Jackson County Park Marina, and none was rich or famous. They were middle-class adults and children, not yachters, folks who liked having a Tennessee River bywater for their backyard. A fire that engulfed the wooden dock and destroyed...

Andrews leads Alcorn St. past Alabama St. 63-60

Jan. 28, 2020 12:00 AM EST

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — Deshaw Andrews scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Troymain Crosby scored a go-ahead jumper with 47 seconds left to play and Alcorn State beat Alabama State 63-60 on Monday night to win its fifth straight. Crosby hit his jumper for a 61-60 Braves' lead, then added two free...

Bradford sparks Southern to 67-46 win over Alabama A&M

Jan. 27, 2020 11:30 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Micah Bradford had 13 points and six assists as Southern easily distanced Alabama A&M 67-46 on Monday night. Lamarcus Lee had 11 points and six rebounds for Southern (8-13, 5-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference), which earned its fifth straight victory. Darius Williams added...

The charred remains of a boat are shown following a fatal fire at a Tennessee River marina in Scottsboro, Ala., on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Authorities said the fire was reported overnight while people were sleeping on boats tied up at a dock. Crews had to rescue people from the water, and fire officials said it may take days to go through sunken boats that could hold additional victims. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Alabama fire chief: At least 8 died in marina boat dock fire

Jan. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EST

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — A massive fire that killed at least eight people and destroyed dozens of boats in an Alabama marina early Monday was spread so rapidly by the wind that “we didn't have time to do nothing,” said one resident who survived but lost his brother in the cold water. Tommy...

Scottsboro, Alabama fire chief confirms 8 dead in Tennessee River boat dock fire

Jan. 27, 2020 12:42 PM EST
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Scottsboro, Alabama fire chief confirms 8 dead in Tennessee River boat dock fire.

Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus says multiple fatalities in Alabama boat dock fire; number of dead not confirmed

Jan. 27, 2020 7:45 AM EST
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus says multiple fatalities in Alabama boat dock fire; number of dead not confirmed.

Fire chief says 7 people missing, 7 hospitalized as Alabama dock fire destroys 35 vessels, most of them houseboats

Jan. 27, 2020 7:28 AM EST
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Fire chief says 7 people missing, 7 hospitalized as Alabama dock fire destroys 35 vessels, most of them houseboats.