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This morning, the Tuscaloosa News reports that qualifying for municipal offices ended at 5pm yesterday with four City Council seats and the mayor’s office being uncontested. These candidates may be certified as official winners on July 23. Elections for the other seats will be held August 27.

Yesterday, 14-year-old Jamal Harris of Moundville died in an accidental drowninged in the Black Warrior River at Mound State Park. More information is said to be made available today, according to

Some Alabama politicians say they’ll consider drafting legislation to prevent people from riding in the backs of pickup trucks in the wake of a rollover accident near Guntersville, where a pickup carrying a group of children burst into flames. Four people were killed.

Mobile, Montgomery, and Birmingham are among the 100 cities where rallies are planned Saturday as part of a national “Justice for Trayvon” day.

Four jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman say Martin’s death weighted heavily ont heir hearts, but in the end, they did what the law required them to do.

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them captive for about a decade will appear in court this morning for arraignment. Castro has now been indicted on 977 criminal counts.

TheĀ U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote today on delaying a key requirement of President Obama’s health care law, in which businesses with 50 or more employees are required to provide health care coverage. The House is also voting on delaying an individual mandate.

Actor Cory Monteith is said to have died of a heroin and alcohol overdose.

The American League has beaten the National League 3-0 in last night’s All-Star game in New York.

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