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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As most Alabamians prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, state officials are busy implementing new state laws that take effect Monday, including one designed to write another chapter in the state's civil rights history. The law allows the state parole board to issue posthumous pardons to the Scottsboro Boys. Prior to Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur getting the law passed, the parole board could not issue pardons to people after their deaths. By Phillip Rawls.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The dirt at the corner of University Boulevard and Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa has fascinating stories to tell. The site — soon to be an Embassy Suites hotel — was layered with artifacts from nearly 200 years of the city and state's history, according to researchers from the Office of Archaeological Research at the University of Alabama who excavated the site in preparation for construction. By Ed Enoch. The Tuscaloosa News.
SHEFFIELD, Ala. — It's almost like the city is doing the owners of dilapidated structures a favor by offering them a chance to get their buildings demolished at no cost. That was how Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments Community Development Specialist Tiffany Boyd described the program the city is hoping to take advantage of to reduce blight within the city. By Russ Corey. The TimesDaily.
— BIRMINGHAM-POOL DROWNING — Alabama man who drowned while unclogging pool drain identified.
— DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMEN — Washington teen wins $30,000 in Distinguished Young Women national scholarship competition.
— MOTORCYCLE CRASHES — Motorcycle crashes leave 1 man dead, 1 critically injured.