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NWS: Ala could see more cool weather records

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - It may be hot now, but forecasters say Alabama could soon see another round of records for cool temperatures.

A cold front moving through the state Monday brings the possibility of strong storms to south Alabama. But the National Weather Service says conditions will change quickly.

Daytime heat indexes in the low 100s will give way to overnight lows in the 50s and low 60s by Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says the chill could break records dating as far back as 1889, when Montgomery reached a summertime record low for the date of 66 degrees.

The cooler weather will hang around for a few days, with daytime highs expected in the 80s in central Alabama into the weekend.

A cool spell brought similar, unseasonable temperatures earlier this month.


2 Ala farmers among White House honorees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two north Alabama farmers are among the local agriculture leaders being honored by the White House and the Agriculture Department this week.

Bill Bridgeforth of Tanner and Lee Haynes of Cullman are among 15 people being recognized as so-called "Champions of Change" in Washington on Tuesday.

The program honors people who are doing things to empower and inspire members of their local communities.

Bridgeforth is a fourth-generation farmer in Limestone County. He's also chairman of the National Black Growers County and is active in agricultural initiatives sponsored by Alabama A&M University.

Haynes is an egg farmer in Cullman County. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a business degree he returned to the family farm and has helped run it ever since.


Police: Man sought in southeast Ala abduction

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man wanted on charges of sexually assaulting a woman and 8-year-old girl in southeast Alabama has likely slipped out of the region.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey tells the Dothan Eagle that investigators suspect 44-year-old David Pitts of Ozark has left the area.

The man is wanted on charges of kidnapping, raping, sexual abuse, theft and burglary. Authorities spent the weekend searching for Pitts.

Police got a call early Friday reporting that a woman and child were missing. Ozark suspect the two were abducted at knifepoint and driven to a location where they were sexually assaulted.

Authorities say Pitts was last seen driving a Toyota Sienna minivan.


Tuskegee Airmen convention coming to Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The 43rd national convention of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. kicks off this week in Orlando, Florida.

Two dozen of America's first African-American pilots and air crew who gained acclaim during World War II will attend the convention, which begins July 30 and runs through Aug. 2 at the Rosen Centre Hotel and Resort.

The convention includes educational opportunities for youth and events at the Orlando Science Center. There will also be a simulation showcase and hands-on flight training.

Tuskegee Airman, Inc. was established more than 40 years ago to educate the public and help keep alive the legacy of the airmen. Headquartered in Tuskegee, Alabama, it has 54 chapters around the country with a membership consisting of civilians, veterans, active duty and retired military from all branches of service.


Man killed when log truck collides with SUV

HUBBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama State Troopers are investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 63-year-old man from the town of Glen Allen.

State troopers say Charles Stewart was killed when a 1996 Freightliner log truck collided with a 2006 GMC Sierra Friday night.

WBRC-TV reports that the crash happened on Fayette County 73, about five miles north of Hubbertville.

Few other details were released.

Hubbertville is about 70 miles northwest of Birmingham.


Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Record coal exports in recent years are helping the U.S. appear to be making more progress on global warming than it is. But they may not be helping the planet.

As America gets greener, and produces more energy, it has sent more dirty fuels abroad, saddling other countries with cleaning up the exported pollution.

This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's plans to curb global warming. But the administration doesn't want to figure out how much coal exports are contributing to global warming. It says the impact is small.

U.S. coal consumption declined by 195 million tons from 2008 to 2013. About 20 percent of that coal was exported.

Exports are expected to grow as global demand grows and the U.S. further cleans up its power sector.


Police: Ala. woman lit on fire by ex-boyfriend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a woman has been hospitalized in serious condition after being doused in gasoline and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend.

Sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said in a statement the 49-year-old woman suffered extensive burns to her head, arms, upper body and legs in an attack early Sunday morning.

Christian says 48-year-old Michael Kennedy of Mulga had been dating the victim for three years and the woman ended their relationship about a month ago. Sgt. Jack Self says witnesses told investigators Kennedy returned to her house early Sunday morning.

Christian says the man may be driving the woman's gold, 2000 Ford Expedition. The vehicle's tag number is 1B11H83.

Authorities said Kennedy was at large Sunday evening and would face charges of domestic violence and attempted murder.


1 killed, 2 wounded in Ala. triple shooting

ENSLEY, Ala. (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting in Ensley that killed a woman and left two other people injured.

West Precinct Sgt. R. Palmer tells there was no argument or fight before a shooting early Sunday morning on Avenue I. Authorities are unsure of the circumstances that led up to the shooting and a detailed description of the suspect isn't available.

Police say when they arrived, the woman was found lying face down with a gunshot wound to her back. Two other victims were taken to the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital. Details on the extent of their injuries weren't immediately available.

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