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Weekend News Recap

These are the top headlines of the week, just in case there’s something you might have missed:

Tuscaloosa City Schools has announced open house dates for each city school on the following dates: August 29 for Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, September 5 for Middle Schools, September 10 for Elementary Schools, September 12 for High Schools and Oak Hill and September 19 for Magnet School Elementary and Middle. The start time for each open house is 6pm.

A man who traded fire with police at an Atlanta-area elementary school  is facing several charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer and terroristic threats. The incident prompted the evacuation of more than 800 students. No one was injured.

Al Jazeera America is suing AT&T for dropping its new news channel, saying the company is in violation of its agreement to broadcast the channel.

The testing company ACT says only about 25 percent of the high school graduates taking its tests this year have the reading, math, English, and science skills to succeed in college or a career.

Alabama had the second lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast in July at 6.3 percent, coming second only to Virginia’s rate of 5.7 percent

More than 300 people in 37 states have been infected with salmonella, linked to a hatchery in eastern New Mexico that sells live baby poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores

Jennifer Lopez is said to be close to signing a deal with “American Idol,” although her boyfriend has already said she’ll be returning to the show.

The AP reports that Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two– ranked Number 1 in AP preseason college football polls in a vote that has been compared to the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, a landslide win.

Tide cornerback Geno Smith was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, with bond set at $1,000. But don’t think Alabama players get all the bad press. Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal has been dismissed from the team following his arrest on a marijuana possession charge.

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