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  • Events marking the second anniversary of the April 27th tornado will begin today with the groundbreaking of the Richard A. Curry Environmental Services Building at 10. The city’s former sanitation headquarters was wiped out by the twister.


  • The Alabama Legislature is moving onto the final stretch of the 2013 regular session, with the priority being completing budgets.


  • Boston and the rest of the state will have a 60-second moment of silence in remembrance of the bombings just one week ago.  The surviving suspect remains hospitalized and unable to speak following his capture Friday.


  • While Bostonians say they’re seeing the return to normalcy, some Washington residents are in shock, as gunfire erupted at an apartment complex south of Seattle, leaving five people dead, including a suspect who was shot by police.


  •  “America’s sweetheart” Reese Witherspoon was arrested early Friday morning after her husband was pulled over on suspicion of DUI. Witherspoon was apparently charged with disorderly conduct.


  • According to the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, the Druid City Garden Project, is expanding to more schools in the Tuscaloosa area. The program, which teaches an integrated science and math curriculum through gardening, is seeking help from local businesses. Visit for more information.


  • Bond is set at $1 million for LaTengela Williams,  a 36-year-old health teacher at Selma High School who was arrested at the school on Friday on sex-related charges. Williams is said to have had images of a juvenile engaged in obscene acts and having sexual contact with a student.


  •  Paul Kevin Curtis, the man accused of mailing ricin-laced letters to the president and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, is expected back in court today for the continuation of his detention and preliminary hearing.


  • Today is Earth Day, and one nonprofit group will be planting California redwoods in the U.S. and several other countries to promote reforestation and help counter climate change.


  • Following Saturday’s turnover-filled A-Day game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban says some players are “too comfortable with their circumstances.”  Quarterback AJ McCarron passed for 223 yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted twice.


  • Today, Alabama is marking Confederate Memorial Day with a day off for state workers, which means state offices will be closed today.


  • The United Nations inspectors say its going to take longer than the 40 years Japan has anticipated to decomission the nuclear power plant crippled by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but the International Atomic Energy Agency team is urging the plant to quickly replace temporary, makeshift equipment that frequently experiences glitches.


  • China was shaken Saturday in a quake that killed at least 188 people and injured more than 11,000 others and has been listed among the deadliest the country has seen in the past three years.

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