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Birmingham-based mining company Drummond Co. has filed notification of plans to eliminate 425 jobs from its operations in Jefferson, Walker, and Tuscaloosa Counties to take effect September 9.

Governor Bentley says the state will investigate claims by the Equal Justice Initiative that corrections workers are physically and sexually abusing inmates at three Alabama men’s prisons.

Foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac says fewer homes are facing foreclosure with a little more than 57,000 owners receiving a first notice last month, the lowest level for any month in 7 1/2 years and down sharply from May and June of last year.

Fifty-four-year-old country singer Randy Travis is out of surgery and is in critical condition after surrering a stroke at a Texas hospital.

Fox Sports reports that Derek Jeter is supposedly returning to the Yankees today.

U.S. Representative Terri Sewell will be in Tuscaloosa for a “Congress in Your Community” town hall meeting at the McDonald Hughes Center Friday from 9:30 until 10:30am.

Alabama health officials say most students entering the sixth grade this year will have to get a vaccination to protect them against whooping cough.

Today, jurors are expected to hear closing arguments in the trial of George Zimmerman. The defense wrapped up its case yesterday.

A Pentagon security review says conditions have improved in 18 countries once considered so dangerous that U.S. military serving there were given extra money in their paychecks each month. If these locations are taken off the danger pay roster, it is estimated that about $120 million would be saved per year.

Today the Travel Channel’s “Monumental Mysteries” program will air a segment about the legend surrounding Carrollton’s face in the courthouse window.

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