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Train collides with high school teacher's SUV

SMITHS STATION, Ala. (AP) - A high school teacher from east Alabama is recovering in a hospital after a train collided with her SUV near her school.

Authorities say the train struck Smiths Station High School science teacher Vivian Martin's SUV on Monday afternoon.

Lee County Superintendent Mac McCoy said the teacher did not appear to have any serious injuries from the collision. McCoy said she had no broken bones.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Martin was flown by helicopter to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia, shortly after the collision and was in satisfactory condition.


Some Ala animal shelters facing problems

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Some of Alabama's animal shelters are struggling because of funding problems.

The Montgomery Humane Society says it has run of out of dry food to give about 140 dogs housed there.

It's asking for donations to help feed the animals and says it will continue accepting animals.

The situation is also dire near the Florida line in Escambia County, where the animal shelter says it doesn't have enough money to operate and won't accept animals anymore.

Officials in Escambia County say they plan to switch their emphasis to humane education and spay/neuter programs to continue helping animals in the south Alabama county.


Alabama governor appoints ASU trustee

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Pam Ware of Pike Road as a trustee of Alabama State University.

A spokeswoman for the governor says Ware replaces Elton Dean of Montgomery, who resigned last week at the request of the governor.

Ware is an Alabama State graduate who works as manager of intergovernmental affairs at the Business Council of Alabama.

Also on Monday, the governor scheduled a special meeting for the Alabama State trustees on Aug. 8. A spokeswoman for the governor says topics to be discussed include the election of officers, an accreditation warning and a financial report.


Ala Sikorsky workers approve new contract

TROY, Ala. (AP) - Workers at a Sikorsky Aircraft factory in southeast Alabama have approved a new labor contract.

The Dothan Eagle reports that employees at the helicopter component factory in Troy voted 340-10 in favor of the new agreement.

The contract includes an initial pay raise and guaranteed pay hikes over the next four years.

Local Teamsters leader Rocco Calo says workers will get a raise of 70 cents per hour and a guaranteed wage increase of 2.5 percent each year for the next four years. Employees also receive $4,000 over two years and stable insurance plans through 2016.

The Sikorsky plant employs about 540 people.


Ala teen rescued after falling 50 feet in cave

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) - An 18-year-old man spent more than three hours trapped in a north Alabama cave before rescuers got him out.

WBRC-TV reports the young man was exploring a Blount County cave with friends when he fell about 50 feet into a ravine Monday night.

His friends called 911. Rescuers had to walk a half-mile to get to the teen, and then they had to rappel inside the cave to reach him.

The man suffered a broken leg, but he was conscious and his vital signs were OK when rescuers reached him.

Crews emerged with the teen about 11:30 p.m., and a medical helicopter flew him to UAB hospital.

West Blount Fire Chief J.J. Ivey says many people explore in area caves, but few know what they're doing.


Ala. fugitive captured at West Palm Beach hospital

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and her 8-year-old daughter in Alabama has been captured while being treated at a hospital in West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials say they received an anonymous tip that a fugitive was being treated at Bethesda Hospital East on Monday evening. Deputies found 44-year-old David Pitts, who was arrested and taken into custody without incident.

Pitts is accused of abducting a 30-year-old woman and her daughter from their Ozark, Alabama, home on July 24. Authorities say he took them to a secluded area and sexually battered the woman in front of the girl. Authorities say he then molested the child.

Ozark police obtained multiple arrest warrants for Pitts. He's being held for Alabama authorities at the Palm Beach County Jail


150th anniversary of Mobile Bay battle coming

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Civil War re-enactors from across the nation will be on the Alabama coast this weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Siege of Fort Morgan.

Organizers say the activities will begin Friday evening with a concert of Civil War music by Bobby Horton. The re-enactment begins Saturday morning with the attack of the Union Navy. The re-enactment continues all day and concludes Saturday night with a barrage of artillery firing over the effort. The re-enactment continues Sunday with the surrender of Fort Morgan.

Organizers say the commemoration will include a special naval display of rarely exhibited artifacts from three ships involved in the battle: the USS Tecumseh, the USS Philippi and the CSS Gaines.

Single-day tickets are $10 and three-day passes are $20.


Ala. man accused of lighting ex on fire arrested

MIDFIELD, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a man accused of dousing his ex-girlfriend in gasoline and lighting her on fire has been arrested.

Sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian says 48-year-old Michael Kennedy of Mulga was arrested Monday afternoon at a house in Midfield on charges of domestic violence and attempted murder.

Investigators have said Kennedy had been dating the 49-year-old woman who recently ended their relationship. Sgt. Jack Self said witnesses told investigators Kennedy returned to the woman's house Sunday morning and she was lit on fire after an argument.

Authorities have said the woman suffered burns to her head, arms, upper body and legs, and she's hospitalized in serious condition.

According to jail records, Kennedy is being held on $60,000 bond. It's unclear if he has an attorney.


Ala. woman fatally struck by car in Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile police say a woman who was removing debris from a road has died after being hit by a truck.

Police spokesman Terence Perkins tells 53-year-old Denise Bowen was wearing a yellow safety vest while she was blowing debris from the road when the crash happened Monday morning.

University of South Alabama President Tony Waldrop says Bowen has worked for the school for about a year and was well-liked by her colleagues.

Authorities say the truck driver didn't appear to be driving under the influence and charges haven't been filed.

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