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This morning, the Tuscaloosa County Commission will discuss whether to assist in vegetative debris cleanup for the area from the Pickens County line to U.S. Highway 43, following the April 6 windstorm. Straight line winds are said to have caused significant damage.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a vehilce that struck and killed 25-year-old Cason Bryant Park, of Gordo, who was walking on U.S. 82 after his vehicle broke down.

This morning, Governor Bentley is expected to attend an announcement of a major automotive supplier that plans to open a new operation in Vance that will supply Mercedes-Benz U.S. International beginning this summer. The facility is expected to create 36 new jobs.

Gov. Bentley’s tax return shows he still isn’t being paid as governor, but he and his wife reported an adjusted gross income of nearly $373,000 for 2013 with about $233,000 coming from Bentley selling his interest in the building where his medical practice was located in Tuscaloosa.

Just one year after the Boston Marathon bombing, a man has been taken into custody for carrying a rice cooker in his backpack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. When confronted by police, the man dropped the backpack and told them in contained the rice cooker.

Two people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear the death toll could get much higher following the sinking of a ferry off the southern coast. Nearly 300 people are unaccounted for. Officials say 459 people were on board when the ferry started leaning. Some on board jumped into the water with their life jackets and swam to rescuers.

Howard University is being slammed for its decision to have Sean “P. Diddy” Combs as this year’s commencement speaker.

Rumors have it that Beyonce and Jay-Z might be teaming up for a joint tour this summer.

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