A ribbon-cutting ceremony for University Place Elementary and Middle Schools will be held on August 16 at 11am. The schools, which were significantly damaged in the April 27, 2011 tornado, will implement the STEAM framework.

Alabama's new "Guns-to-Work Act" takes effect today. The Chamber of Commerce reminds us that firearms must be out of sight inside locked vehicles, the owner must have a valid concealed weapon permit, and weapons other than pistols must be legal for hunting in Alabama.

Legislation that will roll back student loan interest rates this fall awaits the signature of President Obama after being cleared by the House.

Major League Baseball is said to be preparing to kick Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless he accepts a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport's latest drug scandal.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ronald Gilbert Hoover, Jr. was killed late Tuesday night after being ejected from a vehicle that was collided with a police department vehicle during a police pursuit after officers responded to a burglary call that changed into a robbery call. Other occupants of the vehicle were injured; and 30-year-old James Thomas Champion was charged with Felony Eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, and probation violation. The accident is under investigation.

James Thomas Champion, arrested in connection with the police pursuit in which Ronald Gilbert Hoover, Jr. was killed.

Former Secretary of State Jim Bennett took the oath of office yesterday to serve another term in the position. He replaces Beth Chapman who resigned the position effective yesterday afternoon.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett

Former Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro faces sentencing today for holding three women captive for about a decade. Castro could get up to life in prison plus 1,000 years.

Simon Cowell is said to be expecting a baby with the wife of one of his good friends.