• 57-year-old James Michael Hayes has been arrested and booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a capital murder charge. Hayes is accused of stranging 18-year-old Teresa Carol White 35 years ago and leaving her body near Lake Nicol Dam.

 

  • The Chamber of Commerce's Minority Business Council is hosting a program next Tuesday to give attendees information about funding programs and to provide help with applications. For more information, call Carolyn Tubbs at 391-0556.

 

  • Airport officials are trying to determine how a 300-pound sign fell off the wall and onto a family in Birmingham, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring his mother and two siblings.

 

  • Fires claimed three lives over the weekend, including a Fayette couple who perished in their home early Saturday, and a man who was found dead in his travel trailer in Gadsden.

 

  • Authorities in Houston County hope a new drug court will help defendants stay clear of narcotics and crime. The drug court is said to be designed to treat addicted individuals and give them the tools they need to change their lives.

 

  • Italy's highest criminal court has ordered a new trial in the case of Amanda Knox in the slaying of her British roommate.

 

  • The Supreme Court will hear the first of two same-sex marriage cases today: California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Tomorrow, the justices will consider a federal law that denies some benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

 

  • Secretary of State John Kerry has had another meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a day after they put on a show of unity following Karzai's recent anti-American comments. Kerry also met today with participants in a U.S.-backed women's entrepreneurship program.

 

  • In entertainment news, singer Dionne Warwick has filed for bankruptcy, an original version of Elvis Presley's "That's All Right" has sold at an auction for $88,000, and Beyonce is working to get in shape for an upcoming tour.