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2 reported dead after small plane crashes in south Alabama

Jul. 29, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

STAPLETON, Ala. (AP) — Two people were killed when a small airplane crashed in woods near the coast in south Alabama, authorities said. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office posted on social media that an aircraft went down Tuesday night near Stapleton. News outlets reported that it took crews a...

University in Alabama denies PETA's request to retire mascot

Jul. 10, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The University of North Alabama said the school will keep its lion mascot following a request by an animal rights group that the lion be transferred to a sanctuary. “Our UNA community has enjoyed visiting our lions on campus, and our lions have a special place in our University...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jul. 8, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ July 8 The Times-News on communicating back-to-school plans with Alabama families: Usually, this time of the year is filled with back-to-school plans and last-minute vacations as families get prepared for the end of summer vacation. This year many of those vacations...

Alabama business produces CBD products using state hemp

Jul. 5, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Carmelo Parasiliti’s goal for Green Acres Organic Pharms is to provide quality CBD products for the public at the lowest possible cost. The unique part of his operation is that he is using Alabama-grown hemp to make the products in the Shoals. He said most stores that sell CBD...

North Alabama's lion mascot Una dies on campus

Jun. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The University of North Alabama said its 17-year-old lion mascot Una died Tuesday on campus after a brief illness. Dr. Brandon Fisher, one of two veterinarians who cared for Una and her brother Leo III, said Una died with Leo and caregivers at her side. The two lions had lived in a...

After successful career, basketball star happy to give back

Jun. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Former Muscle Shoals star basketball player Ralston Turner never thought that as an adult, he would be back in the Shoals. But Turner, who played at both LSU and N.C. State in college as well as professionally in Europe and the NBA’s G-League, said that after leaving the...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jun. 17, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ June 15 The Times-News on combatting summer “quarantine fatigue”: We all have a bad case of quarantine fatigue. We are tired of living in what feels like lockdown limbo. The weather is warmer, summer is here — at least it will be officially...

Alabama city to pay $300,000 ransom in computer system hack

Jun. 11, 2020 6:52 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A city in northern Alabama will pay a ransom worth $300,000 in Bitcoins in response to a hack of its computer system. Florence City Council voted unanimously at an emergency meeting Wednesday evening to make the payment from the city's insurance fund in an effort to preserve...