POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING
Alexander City man fatally shot by police
ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) - Alexander City Police and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation are probing a fatal police-involved shooting.
Authorities say an officer was responding to a fight outside a Huddle House restaurant early Saturday morning and one of the men who was involved got in his vehicle and tried fleeing the scene. Police say the man drove toward an officer, who fired his weapon.
The man was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead. His name hasn't been released.
BOARDING HOUSE FIRE
Residents escape burning Ala. boarding house
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham fire officials say all residents escaped from a boarding home destroyed by a suspected arson fire.
Al.com reports the home in the Fountain Heights neighborhood burned Sunday evening. Seven people inside the house all escaped unharmed.
Capt. Ernest Miller of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service says investigators believe the blaze started on the front porch before spreading throughout the house. Firefighters reported seeing the smoke from about eight blocks away. Most of the roof ended up collapsing.
Miller says fire investigators suspect someone set the fire intentionally. No arrests have been announced.
LIVING WITH DEAD SPOUSE
Elderly Ala. woman found living with death spouse
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama say officers found a 78-year-old woman who had been living at home with her dead husband for about a month.
Neighbors of Doris Kirby of Decatur and her husband called police to check on the couple, saying they hadn't been seen in months.
Al.com reports officers found Kirby at her house Friday in poor health and had her taken to a hospital. Police said she suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Her husband, 75-year-old Jessie Claude Kirby, was found dead in his bed.
Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn ruled out foul play after examining the scene. Police say Kirby's husband had multiple health problems and died from natural causes.
Police say two dead dogs that appeared to have starved to death were also found inside the home.
Bill could give home-schooled kids sports options
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Some parents of home-schooled children are supporting proposed legislation that would allow their kids to play competitive sports with public school students.
The Montgomery Advertiser Reports a home-schooled 15-year-old Dothan boy tried out for a local high school football team and practiced with the squad until he was told he was ineligible to play days before the first game.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association requires students to be enrolled in the school they're representing to play sports.
Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools legislative coordinator Jim Chestnutt spoke out against the idea during a public hearing last week, saying that allowing students who are home-schooled to compete with public school teams would be unfair.
The boy's mother says the local team for home-schooled students didn't have enough players.
Ala. couple hospitalized in accidental shooting
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Police in Decatur say a man and woman are out of the hospital after they were both accidentally shot while lying in bed.
Detective Joshua Fisher tells the Decatur Daily that a 41-year-old woman and her 24-year-old boyfriend were lying in bed Sunday morning when he decided to clean his gun. The gun discharged, hitting him in his left hand and the woman in her right leg.
Police say they were both taken to Decatur Morgan Hospital.
TUSCALOOSA SCHOOL CAMERAS
Tuscaloosa schools officials replacing cameras
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa city schools officials say they're hoping to replace broken security cameras by the end of the month.
Director of the district's facilities program Jeff Johnson tells the Tuscaloosa News says about 20 percent of the district's cameras don't work. Johnson says some of the cameras in the system are as much as 11 years old.
School board member Norman Crow says the broken cameras are a safety issue that the district can't afford to delay fixing.
Board member Marvin Lucas says the district should implement regular checks to make sure cameras in the system are functioning properly.
House budget seeks to do away with teacher bonus
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A House committee will consider a new version of the education budget that does away with a teacher bonus and instead puts the money toward education employees' health insurance.
Budget committee chairman Rep. Bill Poole says a pay raise won't help educators if they have to pay every dime, plus some extra, to higher health premiums.
The budget committee will consider the proposal on Wednesday.
A lawyer for the state says the extra funding should avoid any substantial increases in insurance costs.
However, the head of the state teachers' association criticized Republican legislators' budgeting choices.
Alabama Education Association Executive Secretary Henry Mabry says school employees went many years without raises while paying more for retirement and health benefits.
Gov. Robert Bentley is seeking a 2 percent raise for school employees.
Ala news executive Ed Fowler dies at 67
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Longtime Alabama newspaper executive Ed Fowler has died.
The Anniston Star reports the 67-year-old Fowler died Sunday. His wife, Trisha Fowler, said he died at a hospital in Anniston.
Fowler's death came just a week after he retired as publisher of The Daily Home in Talladega.
Fowler also worked at the Anniston paper, The Tuscaloosa News and the Montgomery Advertiser.
He had spent more than two decades with Consolidated Publishing, which publishes The Star and the Talladega newspaper. Fowler had been a company director since 2002.
Fowler was given the Alabama Press Association's lifetime achievement award in 2011.
Fowler is survived by wife Trisha Fowler, three children, two stepchildren, his mother and a sister.
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