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The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is still accepting nominations and applications for the 2013-2014 Young Entrepreneurs Academy through next week. The program will admit a maximum of 24 students. For more information, call 391-0563.

Alabama state troopers are participating in the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign to increase the use of safety belts. In addition, many of the state’s city and county law enforcement agencies are also participating.

Federal forecasters are predicting another busy hurricane season.  The outlook announced yesterday calls for 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes.

Jennifer Hudson is said to to in negotiations with Fox on joining the judging panel for Season 13  of “American Idol.”

According to the Tuscaloosa News, Gary Landon Hill of Northport, will soon receive the Silver Star, the third-highest medal awarded for valor in the military.  Hill served in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969 and fought in the Vietnam War.

The investigation into the mysterious respiratory infection that was believed to be responsible for two deaths and eight hospitalizations in southeast Alabama is said to be closed, as researchers have found only cold and flu viruses.

Officials in Washington state say three people have been taken to the hospital after a bridge north of Seattle collapsed yesterday, dumping their vehicles into the water. No one is believed to have been killed, but a dive team is continuing to search the waters.

Yesterday, the Boy Scouts of America decided to allow openly gay members but not Scout leaders.

Comedian Sinbad has been added to the Earth, Wind, and Fire Concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Father’s Day.

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