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Controversy surrounding this year’s municipal elections continues as fraternities and sororities at the University of Alabama are accused of encouraging members to vote for candidates by offering free drinks and other incentives. University president Judy Bonner wrote a letter to students and faculties, saying the school can’t investigate voter fraud allegations until local and state agencies have done so.

Hunters discovered humal skeletal remains off Joe Mallisham Parkway Saturday afternoon. The identity of the body and cause of death are unknown, but the investigation continues.

Tuscaloosa County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a couple after finding nine starving pets inside a mobile home in Vance. The animals had no food, water, or air conditioning.

Federal authorities say customs agents have seized counterfeit consumer goods from dozens of vendors at a flea market in Wetumpka. Collected items included handbags, shoes, clothing, and electronics.

The city of Birmingham is planning “Empowerment Week,” five days of events with political leaders, artists, and citizens to observe the 50th anniversary of the 16th St Baptist Church bombing.

Tropical Storm Humberto has formed in the Atlantic, south of the Cape of Verde Islands with sustained winds near 40 mph, but the National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to strengthen and could become a hurricane on Wednesday.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the only Union attempt to attack Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina where the Civil War began. The attack was a failure.

Secretary of State John Kerry says there is compelling evidence that Syria’s President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, but the U.S. will not be getting actively involved in Syria’s civil war if it uses military strikes to punish Assad’s regime.

In addition to scoreboards, topping the headlines is news of a fan that fell to his death from an elevated walkway at the 49ers-Packers game yesterday. Witnesses say the man appeared to be intoxicated when he fell.

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