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  • According to researchers at the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, speed, nighttime driving, increased traveling hours, and driving under the influence all contribute to the increase of vehicular fatalities during Thanksgiving Week. Remember to watch for other drivers, leave in enough time, and don’t drink and drive to insure safety.

 

  • Members of a church destroyed in an April 2011 tornado are planning to construct a new building where the damaged one once stood. The congregation at Alberta Baptist Church held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday and plans to open a new building next year.

 

  • Police hope a video provides clues about a fire that damaged the oak trees of Toomer’s Corner at Auburn University. The blaze is said to have started when toilet paper draping the trees caught fire early Sunday morning, producing significant damage to both trees. 

 

  • Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley has reported to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta to begin serving a sentence of nearly seven years for offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation. He has received delays to allow him to pay for unspecified surgery and recovery rather than having the federal Bureau of Prisons pay for it.

 

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to dive into Middle East diplomacy in an effort to end a bloody conflict, as she will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian officials, and leaders in Egypt.

 

  • The US Preventive Services Task Force says HIV screening should be a routine part of a checkup for all Americans ages 15-64, not just those considered to be at high risk.

 

  • A documentary about an inmate on Florida’s death row suggests that he may have been involved in the murder of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend. The Investigation Discovery show, “My Brother the Serial Killer,” will be broadcast Wednesday, and it takes a look at Glen Rogers, who was convicted of killing women in Florida and in California and is a homicide suspect in several other states. Rogers’ family tells the documentary that he met Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994 when he was living in Southern California.

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