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Topping the headlines this morning is the tornado that slammed Oklahoma City suburbs yesterday. The death toll now stands at 51, including at least 20 children, and the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office says as many as 40 more deaths could be eventually be added to the toll. Rescuers have spent the night digging through the rubble. Meanwhile, Mayor Glenn Lewis of Moore, Oklahoma says the community is already thinking ahead even as volunteers and first responders are working. Lewis was also mayor in 1999 when another huge twister with 300 mph winds hit.

Townsquare Media will be at Tuscaloosa and Northport Walmarts as well as the Northport Chick-fil-A and University Mall today, collecting items to be transported to Oklahoma by Toomers for Tuscaloosa.

Saturday, the Moundville Archaeological Park will hold a 5K walk to memorialize the Trail of Tears, according to the Univerisity of Alabama. The event, which begins at noon, will feature presentations, book signings, videos, and more. The walk will start at 1:30.

The Alabama Legislature has voted in favor of authorizing city and county school systems to hire armed security guards to protect students. The bill now goes to the governor for review.

Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio have been confirmed as judges for “X Factor,” joining Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell.

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