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Two women were fighting at Forrester Gardens Apartments when one of the women was stabbed. A male companion pulled a gun, and a 2-year-old child ended up shot.

A new “Crime in Alabama” report from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center says property crimes in Alabama decreased in 2012, but violent crimes increased. However, there was a 5 percent decrease in the total number of crimes reported last year.

The U.S. Postal Service reveals that it has been taking pictures of every piece of mail it processes for more than a decade with a tracking system created after the deadly anthrax attacks in 2001.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for University Place Elementary and Middle Schools will be held on August 16 at 11am. The schools, which were significantly damaged in the April 27, 2011 tornado, will implement the STEAM framework.

Alabama’s new “Guns-to-Work Act” took effect Thursday. The Chamber of Commerce reminds us that firearms must be out of sight inside locked vehicles, the owner must have a valid concealed weapon permit, and weapons other than pistols must be legal for hunting in Alabama.

Remember the shooting at the 2010 graduation party at the Links? Well, according to the Tuscaloosa News, gunman 23-year-old Akeem Antwon Prewitt, pleaded guilty to murder and assault charges and has been sentenced to serve 40 years in prison.

A new study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics says Alabama’s imprisonment rate ranks third highest in the nation, following only Mississippi and Louisiana, which was No. 1.

After 81 hours, Hideaway Harbor’s 2013 Boat-A-Thon ended with local magician and mentalist Curt Anderson named the winner. The third finalist, Chip Wilkins of Oneonta, disqualified himself early yesterday morning, leaving Anderson and Mark Jewell of Reform to vie for the competition. Both Jewell and Anderson had won previous competitions.

AL.com reports that the University of Alabama is requiring undergraduates to have 119 credit hours under their belts by the end of the spring 2013 semester to be eligible for tickets the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station game this year. Of course many students are upset about the regulation and have taken to Twitter to express their discontent.

Tuscaloosa Police have charged Alexius Foster with attempted murder in connection with the disappearance of 30-year-old Antonio Williams, who was last seen on July 17.

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