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Yesterday, Tuscaloosa voters headed to the polls for municipal elections, resulting in the some upsets and some run-offs.  District 7 City Council incumbent William Tinker was unseated by challenger Sonya McKinstry. District 1 incumbent Bobby Howard will face Burrell Odum in a run-off election on October 8, as District 6 incumbent Bob Lundell will face Eddie Pugh in the run-off. Meanwhile, Lee Garrison won in the race for Chair of the City School Board, and Cason Kirby unseated Kelly Horowitz in District 4.

State officials say they might decide next month whether to create a database tracking payday loans, in an effort of keeping Alabamians from over-extending themselves.

Today, President Obama will deliver the main remarks at a Washington, D.C. commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice, and racial equality.

And speaking of the President, he says that the movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which has been leading in the box office, brought tears to his eyes.

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s Minority Business Council is hosting a forum this morning at the Board of Education in the old courthouse building to give minority-owned businesses the opportunity to obtain information on how they may take part in upcoming city projects.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and bells at churches, schools, and historical monuments across the nation, including at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery, will ring at 2pm central, the time when the speech was delivered in 1963.

A wave of violence that started last spring in Iraq is persisting, with reports today of a coordinated series of bombings that tore through Shiite Muslim areas, killing at least 58 people.

“Twerking” has made it to the Oxford dictionary in addition to the inclusion of “selfie,” “digital detox,” “Bitcoin,” and “omnishambles.”

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