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    ENTERPRISE — Emergency Management Agency personnel from Fort Rucker and Coffee, Dale, Barbour, and Geneva counties converged on Hillcrest Baptist Church in Enterprise Thursday morning for a full-scale active shooter exercise.

      The Alabama A&M University president and staff visited Enterprise High School Monday afternoon as part of the university’s 11th Annual Scholarship Recognition and Promotional Tour that began Sunday with a visit to Mobile for an evening scholarship reception at John L. LeFlore High School.

      The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens will soon re-open its “Wings of Wonder” seasonal butterfly house at the 47-acre garden. Beginning April 1, visitors can visit the 1800-square-foot screened structure to see and learn about native butterflies and their life cycle.

      Authorities say a suspected tornado touched down in north Texas as a storm system moving eastward threatens to spawn tornadoes in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell of Wise County says the tornado struck in county's southwest near the Parker County line Friday morning. Powell said homes, trees and power lines were damaged, but that he had no reports of injuries. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Stalley said damage was also reported in northern Parker County and investigators will determine whether a tornado is confirmed. The weather service's Storm Prediction Center has forecast possible tornadoes in eastern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, western Mississippi and western Tennessee.

      Alabama lawmakers on Thursday advanced legislation requiring hospitals and nursing homes to allow in-person visits, even during a pandemic. The Alabama Senate approved the bill on a 33-0 vote after several members shared stories of people being separated from loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill now moves to the state House. Republican Sen. Garlan Gudger, of Cullman, said he brought the bill after a constituent described not being able to see her husband of 50 years before he died. The bill requires that visitation be allowed in certain situations such as childbirth or when a person is dying.

      Florida's move to expand its prohibition on teaching sexual orientation or gender identity in the classroom comes as several states are pursuing similar bans. At least 30 bills similar to the ban critics have dubbed the “Don't Say Gay” law have been proposed in 16 states so far this year. DeSantis' administration is pursuing an expansion of the prohibition to all grades in public schools. Alabama and Arkansas are the only other states with laws similar to Florida's. DeSantis and supporters say they are protecting children from inappropriate material. But critics say the bans marginalize LGBTQ people and create a chilling effect.

      The Biden administration and groups representing the forest products industry have reached a deal to promote logging practices intended to protect imperiled species on private lands. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to cooperate on projects that could boost struggling populations of pollinating insects, birds and other animals. Officials say they hope it will prevent many species from declining to the point where they need federal listing as endangered or threatened, which often leads to lawsuits.


      OZARK-“This court will uphold the law as written,” 33rd Circuit Judge William Filmore ruled as he denied the request of a man charged with capital murder to require a unanimous jury verdict instead of the agreement of 10 jurors as required law.

      MONTGOMERY — Recently, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency was made aware of incidents where an individual or individuals were reported to be using ALEA’s Sex Offender Registry to gather names listed on the website to possibly deceive and extort them, ALEA State Trooper Sgt. Jeremy Burkett sa…

      HARTFORD — The second of two public involvement meetings in as many weeks as part of a Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission feasibility study was held Tuesday at the Wiregrass Electric Cooperative Complex in Hartford. A similar public meeting was held March 7 at the…

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