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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a church that was damaged in the tornado that hit Alabama on Christmas has been burglarized. A burglar kicked in the door of Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church, and stole microphones and amplifiers Sunday night.

PIKE ROAD, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery County officials are searching for a 24-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting. Jason Curtis Ferguson is suspected of shooting 19-year-old James Thomas McCollum during a botched burglary Monday morning. Officials say Ferguson ran from police Monday and ditched his car in the woods. Officers chased him on foot, dogs tracked his scent and a police helicopter was involved.

VALLEY GRANDE, Ala. (AP) — Police in Dallas County are working to identify the body of a man found at the edge of a pond in a ravine. The body was discovered Saturday and is believed to be that of a 60-year-old Valley Grande man reported missing before Thanksgiving.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Representatives for Gov. Robert Bentley say the state will likely spend over $500,000 on a forensic audit surrounding contract concerns at Alabama State University. The audit is the result of former university President Joseph Silver claiming he was told not to investigate contracts he found to be suspicious.

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