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U.S. Attorney’s officials said yesterday that 22 people in West Alabama have been charged with violating federal and state firearms and narcotics laws. Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said federal authorities were brought in because federal charges result in stiffer penalties, and these people need to be off the streets.

With less than two weeks to go before most schools start classes, the number of private schools signing up to participate in the new private school tax credit program continues to rise. The number is now up to 36.

Yesterday, President Obama visited NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” where he said that the threat of an imminent terrorist attack against Americans is significant enough that every precaution is being taken. The President said we should go ahead with summer travel plans abroad but use common sense and recognize that some countries are more dangerous than others.

According to the Tuscaloosa County Schools, the 2nd Annual Employee Appreciation Night will be held at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Friday, August 9th at 6pm.  Also, an Open House for Holt Elementary is scheduled for Sunday, August 18th at 3pm to give the community an opportunity to tour the school and see post-tornado renovations.

State and federal officials were investigating an envelope, found at a Birmingham branch of Wells Fargo, that tested positive for a toxic substance, which can cause botulism. However, FBI officials say they’ve determined there was not threat, as the letter tested negative for biological agents.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has joined attorneys general from 22 other states in filing a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of prayer at the start of government meetings.

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