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Saturday, a barbecue sauce-off was held at the Tuscaloosa River Market. Costas took home the win and will go on to represent the Central Alabama area at the state championship in Birmingham this Saturday.

The Alabama Legislature is entering its last days of this session, but the final day appears to be long and hectic even though both state budgets have already passed.  Other priorities include a bill that provides for drug testing of some welfare applicants and bond issues for repairing tornado-damaged schools among other issues.

The Justice Department has a deadline of today to appeal a federal judge’s ruling to lift age restrictions on the morning-after pill. Earlier this month the FDA decided to lower the age to buy Plan B from 17 to 15.

OJ Simpson is hoping for a new trial on a robbery conviction when he returns to court today in Las Vegas. Simpson was convicted of armed robbery in a hotel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers.

 

According to our daily, demolition of the Kilgore House will being today. The Kilgore House, one of the oldest buildings on the University of Alabama campus, was for sale but found to be too costly to move. A new student plaza is planned to be constructed where the house currently stands.

Alabama is refusing to repay $94,000 to the U.S. Forest Service, requested because of budget cuts. Governor Bentley says the money was for fiscal 2012, not 2013.

A report by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization says two billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects but people be eating more. They say grasshoppers and ants rank high in nutritional value.

This morning, Barbara Walters is set to announce her retirement from TV journalism next summer.

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