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Slain officer's family awarded millions

Albarran's wife, Laura Castraon, testified Tuesday morning. Albarran's wife, Laura Castraon, testified Tuesday morning.
First Baptist Church in Albertville was damaged by a tornado last year. First Baptist Church in Albertville was damaged by a tornado last year.
(Source: Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau) (Source: Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Slain officer's family awarded millions

Good Tuesday afternoon. I hope your day is going well. We're staying busy in the WAFF 48 Newsroom.

In fact, Elizabeth Gentle was the only TV reporter in the courtroom today as a jury awarded the wife of slain Huntsville Police Officer Daniel Golden a judgment of $37.5 million in a civil suit against her husband's convicted killer Benito Albarran. Albarran was convicted of shooting and killing Officer Golden in 2005 in the parking lot of Albarran's restaurant.

We're also following the bizarre story of a preacher who's been hit twice by tornados in the past year. Pastor Mike Johnson was in Albertville last year when his church was damaged by a tornado there. He's since moved down to a church in Prattville. And this past weekend a tornado damaged his church there. We'll have more details for you tonight.

We're also following a proposal by the state legislature to lower the starting school age of children in Alabama from 7 to the age of 6. Most children already start school at 6 years of age, but there are few who don't. WAFF 48's Jack Madison will check into that.

The crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery is in Huntsville today, visiting employees at the Marshall Space Flight Center as well as space campers at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The crew flew the historic final mission of Discovery.

The Citizen Review Board of Huntsville will hold its 2nd meeting tonight, it's first public meeting. The board was established to improve relations between the police department and the citizens it serves. We'll be at tonight's meeting at the Showers Center.

We're checking into a bit of controversy in the DeKalb County town of Rainsville, where a citizen is claiming that city councilman Fred Bobo should resign because he doesn't live within the city limits. Stephen McLamb has been checking into this case today and discovered that Bobo actually owns two homes. One of those homes is in the city and the other is in the county. Bobo lists his primary residence in DeKalb County. We'll speak with him about that.

And we'll also check back in on the Gulf of Mexico, where tomorrow marks the anniversary of the B.P. oil spill. We'll have the latest on the recovery efforts as tourism officials work to bring vacationers back to the gulf.

Be sure and join us for these stories and more tonight on WAFF 48 News at 5, 6 & 10. 

Take care,
Mark Thornhill

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