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OFF-DUTY DEPUTY SHOOTS MAN

Off-duty deputy shoots man at Huntsville Walmart

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting at a Huntsville Walmart store that involved an off-duty Morgan County sheriff's deputy.

AL.com reports that the deputy was shopping at the store on South Memorial Parkway when he shot a man in the buttock Tuesday afternoon.

The deputy told police he recognized a suspect with active felony warrants, and confronted him about the matter before a shot was fired. Huntsville police said in a news release the deputy was trying to make an arrest inside the store.

Police said the gunshot wound was not life-threatening, and officers were guarding the wounded man at Huntsville Hospital.

AUBURN-THREAT

Auburn cancels classes over alleged threat

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University is canceling classes for Wednesday following what school officials are calling an unsubstantiated threat on campus.

A message posted on the university's website says authorities don't believe the threat is credible.

But the school says it is suspending classes and other normal operations for a day because of anxiety among students and parents. Authorities also are increasing the police presence around campus.

The university says information is being circulated about a threatening message posted in a campus restroom.

Posts circulating on social media show what appears to be handwritten threat of a campus "rampage" on Wednesday. A university alert went out after the posts began spreading.

Wednesday is the seventh anniversary of the attack in which a student gunman killed 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech University.

GULF OIL SPILL-CLEAN UP

BP: Shore clean-up after Gulf oil spill ends in La

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.

Earlier Tuesday, the Coast Guard issued a directive transitioning the cleanup to a phase in which Coast Guard teams, BP cleanup crews and equipment will be pre-positioned to respond to new reports of oil as needed.

BP said in a news release that the Coast Guard's directive ended patrols of the final three miles of affected shoreline in Louisiana. The move completes a cleanup operation that ended in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi last June.

BP executive Laura Folse says BP has spent more than $14 billion on response since the accident happened.

6TH DISTRICT FUNDRAISING

DeMarco raises the most in 6th District race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Homewood legislator Paul DeMarco so far has the fundraising in the crowded GOP primary for Alabama's 6th Congressional District seat.

DeMarco on Tuesday reported $850,949 in contributions so far this election cycle, the most of any candidate.

Harbert Management Corp. executive Will Brooke reported raising $489,297 in contributions. However, Brooke was also reported loaning his campaign another $250,000. That brings his total war chest to $730,297, a number puts him slightly below DeMarco as they hit the peak of campaign season.

Seven Republicans are vying to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus.

Orthopedic surgeon Chad Mathis reported $377,561 in contributions and loaned his campaign another $110,000. Alabama Police Institute Founder Gary Palmer reported $404,995 in contributions.

The other three candidates, including Gardendale Sen. Scott Beason, raised less than $50,000.

FATAL HIT-RUN

Driver sought in crash that killed Marine

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a vehicle that struck and killed a Marine from Alabama.

The highway patrol says 25-year-old Cason Bryant Park, of Gordo, Ala., was traveling west on U.S. 82 in Oktibbeha County early Sunday morning when his car broke down. Leaving the vehicle with the hazard lights flashing, he began walking down the highway.

Troopers say he was struck from behind by a vehicle about a quarter of a mile from where his car broke down. The vehicle fled the scene.

Investigators tells The Clarion-Ledger they are analyzing pieces of the vehicle found at the scene to determine what kind of vehicle hit Park.

Authorities say they're looking for a silver vehicle, most likely with damage to the front left and left sides.

DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGNS

Democrats hold political event in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Most of the Democrats seeking the top offices in Alabama are scheduled to be in Huntsville for a political event Thursday.

The event is being called "Hot Dogs and Yellow Dogs." Organizer and host Pam Miles says it will include gubernatorial candidates Parker Griffith and Kevin Bass, lieutenant governor candidate James Fields, attorney general candidate Joe Hubbard, state auditor candidate Miranda Joseph, and agriculture commissioner candidate Doug Smith. They are seeking offices currently held by Republicans.

A dozen legislative candidates are also scheduled to attend the event Thursday. It starts at 5 p.m.

The Democratic primary is June 3.

PALIN-ALABAMA

Sarah Palin plans speech on Alabama coast

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is scheduled to be in Alabama next week.

Palin will speak at an event organized by the Baldwin County Republican Party on April 25 at the Wharf in Orange Beach.

The former Alaska governor last visited Baldwin County on May 3, 2011, when she delivered a speech to the Exceptional Foundation.

Palin has pursued a career as a political commentator, public speaker and author since running with John McCain in 2008.

ALABAMA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

Mobile professor to lead historical group

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A professor and administrator at the University of Mobile is the new leader of the Alabama Historical Association.

Lonnie A. Burnett has been elected president of the group. He's an assistant vice president and history professor at the private, Christian school in Mobile.

The historical association has nearly 1,000 members. They include professional historians and others with an interest in Alabama history.

Burnett has been a member of the group for two decades and previously served as vice president.

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