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Girl, 8, drowns in Pell City lake
(Information in the following story is from: WBRC-TV, http://www.myfoxal.com/)
PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old girl drowned on Logan Martin Lake in Pell City.
WBRC-TV reports that the girl drowned shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday at Lakeside Park.
St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell says that Desarie Boone had just gotten into the lake with her family and friends when they discovered she was missing.
Authorities say Desarie's mother found her daughter in the water. The girl was taken to St. Vincent's St. Clair hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Federal judge won't dismiss case against ex-coach
(Information in the following story is from: Opelika-Auburn News, http://www.oanow.com/)
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss the civil lawsuit against former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville that alleges a hedge fund he helped manage defrauded clients of more than $1.7 million.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports that U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson on Friday denied Tuberville's request that the lawsuit be dismissed.
The plaintiffs in the case have filed an amended complaint which includes further details of their claims. The lawsuit alleges Tuberville, AU head coach from 1999 until 2008, and his business partner defrauded seven defendants who made investments with their various hedge funds between 2008 and 2011 of more than $1.7 million.
Attorneys for Tuberville and his business partner have denied the allegations.
City Council told graves are decaying in Ala. town
(Information in the following story is from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com)
PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — The cemetery chairman of an eastern Alabama town says several graves are in poor shape, and he's asked the City Council to consider what can be done to repair them.
Cecil Peterson Sr. says there are about 16 open graves in cemeteries in Phenix City.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that at one cemetery, slabs atop graves are cracked open. The newspaper reports that similar conditions are found in Pine Grove Cemetery and Girard Cemetery, and in predominantly African-American cemeteries off Seale Road.
Peterson recently brought his concerns to the Phenix City Council. Mayor Sonny Coulter asked Councilman Arthur Sumbry and City Manager Wallace Hunter to confer on what course to take.
Peterson says that in nearby Columbus, Ga., the city and private foundations work together to maintain cemeteries.
Jury selection set in Macon County casino suit
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of a federal court suit accusing Macon County Sheriff David Warren and VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor of working together to keep out a second electronic bingo casino that would compete with McGregor's casino in Shorter.
The suit was filed by 17 charities that said they would benefit from a second casino, but the sheriff, who regulates bingo in the county, kept the Lucky Palace casino from getting a license. Attorneys for McGregor and the sheriff dispute the allegations.
Jury selection is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Monday at the federal courthouse in Montgomery before U.S. Circuit Judge Keith Watkins.
McGregor's casino is currently closed because of a state crackdown on electronic gambling, but he is making plans to reopen.
Ala. superintendent calls for higher standards
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — State school Superintendent Tommy Bice is recommending a complete overhaul of the state's testing program.
The Birmingham News reports Bice says it is time to raise performance standards. His proposed changes include requiring higher minimum scores necessary for a student to pass and adding more components that consider more than multiple-choice questions.
Bice says the state should not allow students to reach eighth grade before their weaknesses are identified and remedied. He says that while students may be meeting expectations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the law does not always translate into success. The state has a mediocre high school graduation rate, and many who are accepted into college need remedial courses before they can begin their post-secondary curriculum.
EASTERN SHORE TRAIL
Eastern Shore Trail nearing completion
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The 29-mile walking and cycling Eastern Shore Trail is nearly finished, and organizers are now looking at how to expand the route to other areas of Baldwin County.
Libbie Dobbs of the Eastern Shore Trailblazers says the segment of the trail on U.S. 98 connecting the Weeks Bay Reserve Interpretive Center and Dominion Farms should be complete within two weeks. The Mobile Press-Register reports only one other segment, which lacks funding, remains before the trail is complete.
The Trailblazers started in 1995 with the goal of building the trail. The first section, a 7-mile route in Daphne, opened in 2000.
George Lindsey, known as Goober Pyle, dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw," has died. He was 83.
A press release from Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements were still being made.
Lindsey was the beanie-wearing Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, "Mayberry RFD," from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character — a service station attendant — on "Hee Haw" from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993.
Lindsey told The Associated Press in 1985 that "America has grown up with me. Goober is every man; everyone finds something to like about ol' Goober."