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7. In a twist on active shooter drills, a school in Indiana staged mock executions. — Looking for realism, trainers used non-lethal ammo and pellet guns to shoot teachers in mock executions that led to screams and gave educators bloody welts. It sounds surreal but it is very real. According to tweet


Robbery investigation underway in Ashland

CLAY COUNTY, Ala. — Police are investigating a robbery at Jordan's Store in Ashland Thursday night. Authorities confirm a shot was fired during the robbery, but no one was injured. The suspect was wearing a red wig and reflective jacket at the time of the robbery.

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Fatal crash reported on Alabama 99

Alabama 99 at Dawson Dupree Road is shut down due to a fatal crash that occurred this morning. The road will be shut down for at least 30 more minutes, a Limestone County Sheriff's Office official said. Drivers should avoid the area if possible.


Alabama Supreme Court upholds dismissal of Board of Education member’s lawsuit

The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed by state Board of Education member Ella Bell of Montgomery against Advance Local Media, the company that owns AL.com, and columnist Cameron Smith.


Alabama House Democrats call for lottery, medical marijuana

The Alabama House Democratic Caucus released its legislative agenda on Thursday, including a call for a lottery, ending the state sales tax on groceries and legalizing medical marijuana.


Woman accused of Facebook bullying arrested on 23 charges

ASHLAND, Ala. — Authorities say a woman accused of bullying on Facebook has been arrested on nearly two dozen counts of aggravated stalking. Clay County Sheriff Jim Studdard said 48-year-old Catherine Patterson was arrested this week.


Meet the chef behind Alabama’s most exciting new restaurant

Adam Evans has finally made it home. A long journey that has taken him from his hometown of Muscle Shoals and college at Auburn University to jobs at some of the top restaurants in New Orleans, New York and Atlanta has finally led the 39-year-old chef back to Alabama.


Tornado Warning Issued For Parts Of Clay County Until 9:45PM

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a. Southeastern Clay County in east central Alabama…. * At 851 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Goodwater, moving northeast at 25 mph.


Alabama lawmaker outburst brings security to House floor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Security came to the Alabama House of Representatives after a lawmaker yelled at the House speaker. Alabama Public Television video shows Rep. Juandalyn Givan repeatedly shouting at Speaker Mac McCutcheon during Thursday debate.


Clay County teacher charged with sexual abuse for improper behavior with female students

CLAY COUNTY, Ala. — A teacher at Clay Central High School is charged with sexual abuse for allegedly engaging in "improper behavior" with female students. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Jason Anderson is charged with sexual abuse, electronic solicitation of a minor and child molestat


Cause of Choccolocco house fire remains under investigation; fundraiser set for residents

Firefighters were still working Friday to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a home and possibly killed two cats early Thursday morning in the Choccolocco community, according to Quad Cities volunteer fire chief Van Roberts.


Fire destroys Choccolocco home, displaces family

Fire destroyed a house in the Choccolocco community early Thursday, possibly killing two cats and leaving five people without a home. Cathi Thurston, who said she lived at the house on Hazel Creek Trail, was awakened shortly after midnight by the sound of a smoke alarm and found that the back of the


Phillip Tutor: In Anniston, a terrible winter for politics

For years, I’ve resisted the urge to declare Anniston a lost cause, and here’s why: It’s reactionary, it’s unfair, it’s a simplistic stance and it’s wrong. That’s what I’ve thought.


Anniston man arrested in Southside, wanted in multiple jurisdictions

Southside police arrested an Anniston man March 13 after they noticed a black Ford Expedition acting suspiciously at about 11 p.m. in the area of Alabama Highway 77 and Louise Avenue.


Johnson: We see you, Sen. Del Marsh, taking us backwards

Sen. Del Marsh (R-Anniston), looking like that hand-raising emoji. We see you trying to stand out among the maybes coyishly eyeing the U.S. Senate seat a lot of folks believe Sen. Doug Jones is just keeping warm for whatever Alabama Republican survives the lip-smackin’ gauntlet and faces him next ye


Look Back ... to new critters for the museum, 1994

March 22, 1944, in The Star: One hundred seventy-seven girls attended the initial meeting of the Junior Hostess Course at the USO-YMCA last night. Miss Christine McClellan acted as master of ceremonies and introduced Miss Phyllis Gates as the first speaker. Miss Gates’ subject was “Why a Junior Host


CBS 42 Anchors Leigh Garner and Michelle Logan take on Bonefrog Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (WIAT) -- The HESCO Bonefrog returns to Talladega tomorrow (Saturday, March 23rd) and several members of the CBS 42 team are taking on the challenge. Our sports department breaks down the odds for newcomer, Michelle Logan, and returning frogger, Leigh Garner. Smack talk at it's fines


Upcoming events at Anniston Museums and Gardens

• The Wonderful World of Reptiles, 11 a.m., Anniston Museum of Natural History Auditorium. This program is included in museum admission. Seating is limited. Special guest speaker: Stephen Faughn, County Extension Agent for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.


Illegal immigrant charged in death of Mobile woman

Domingo Francisco Marcos, a Guatemalan immigrant in the United States illegally, has been charged with vehicular homicide and fleeing the scene of the accident with injuries in the Monday death of Mobile’s Sonya Jones on US 98.


Employees sought to help with 2020 census

Every 10 years the U.S. Census is conducted and affects representation in Congress and how tax monies are distributed. In an effort to make the 2020 census as accurate as possible, employees are being sought.