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According to Tuscaloosa police, 18-year-old Obrien Jermel Cowley has been arrested on sodomy and rape charges, stemming from a report filed on February 11 about an incident on February 6th, involving a 15-year-old. Cowley was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $45,000 bond.

Tomorrow from 10am until 2pm, Martin Luther King, Jr Elementary and the Tuscaloosa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host IMPACT Day, which will include a health fair, sessions on home ownership, maintenance, and education, and information on voter ID. Canned meats to benefit Temporary Emergency Services will also be collected during the event.

The Alabama Senate voted last night in favor of a bill to provide schools with up to $100 million to convert from paper textbooks to digital textbooks.

Governor Bentley says he’s bringing in a nationally recognized consulting group to implement reforms at Tutwiler Prison for Women, which was thrust into the national spotlight over accusations of widespread sexual misconduct.

Economists are predicting an upturn in employment data for February with the creation of 145,000 jobs. However, the unemployment rate is expected to have remained the same at 6.6 percent.

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, who is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles, supposedly admitted to witnesses that he had sex with two women last September, and the sex was not consensual.

Federal forecasters are predicting an El Nino, which will change weather worldwide and is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes, more rain in California and southern states next winter, and a milder winter for the nation’s northern tier next year.

Torrence Hatch aka Lil’ Boosie has been released but remains on parole until 2018.

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