Late last week, Tuscaloosa police arrested five women on prostitution charges afer an investigation into internet escorts. Two of the five women are Tuscaloosa residents.

Bama Students for Life say their First Amendment rights were violated when an anti-abortion display was removed early from the Ferguson Student Center. The display is said to have included photographs of aborted fetuses and portraits of women who died during abortions.

Investigators say more arrests are likely in the shooting death of Joshua Gardner.

Alabama lawmakers are considering legislation to allow the state's colleges and universities to participate in reciprocal online course offerings with schools in other states.

Alabama exports held steady last year at a total of $19.3 billion, which was about 1 percent less than the record high of $19.6 billion in exports in 2012. U.S. exports grew about 2 percent in that same period.

Secretary of State John Kerry says climate change may be the world's "most fearsome" weapon of mass destruction, and he says urgent global action is needed. Kerry compared those who deny the existence of climate change to people who insist the Earth is flat.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is ordering the expulsion of three U.S. Embassy officials. A two-month investigation is said to have found evidence they were trying to infiltrate Venezuelan univeristies under the cover of doing visa outreach.

Pastor Jamie Coots, who appeared on the National Geographic TV reality show "Snake Salvation," died from a bite to the hand over the weekend.  His son says he'd been bitten eight times before but never had such a severe reaction. Coots was expected to go home, lie down, pray, and get better.