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Bo Jackson leading annual charity ride through Ala

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson is leading his third annual charity bicycle ride.

The "Bo Bikes Bama" event is being held Saturday with Auburn as the starting point. That's where the Alabama native played football and baseball for the Tigers before going on to the NFL and major league baseball.

Riders pay to participate and can choose either a 22-mile or 62-mile ride. Both routes go through the Auburn University campus.

Celebrity riders including former pro baseball player Ken Griffey Jr., Olympic skier Picabo Street and the NFL's Donald Driver are set to participate.

The ride raises money for the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund, which was established after the deadly tornado outbreak of 2011.

Promoters say the rides have raised more than $700,000 for storm relief in the state.


Shoals region to get its 1st Love's Travel Stop

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) - The first Love's Travel Stop for the Shoals region of northwest Alabama is set to open later this year.

The TimesDaily reports that the new travel stop is being built at the intersection of Three Mile Lane and Alabama 157, near Longhorn Arena.

Love's spokeswoman Kealy Dorian said the company has eight other locations in Alabama, but most are on or near an interstate. Oklahoma City-based Love's has 300 travel stops and convenience stores in 39 states.

Company officials say the travel stop will have a large store featuring standard convenience store fare, souvenirs, electronics, gift items, clothing and other merchandise. It also will have a McDonald's and Subway restaurants.

Also planned are 76 semitrailer parking spaces, showers for drivers and a tire repair area for truckers.


Heavy rain leads to sewer problems in Dothan

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Heavy rainfall has led to sanitary sewer overflows at some manholes in Dothan.

City officials say that sewage was released into Rock Creek as a result of the overflows during Friday's steady rain. The problems were at manholes on Cornell Drive and North Englewood Drive in the southeast Alabama city.

The Dothan Eagle reports that signs have been posted around Rock Creek, warning residents to avoid the water and the area.

City officials say area residents are urged to avoid physical contact with waters and contaminated areas.


Majority of legislators accept automatic raise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A narrow majority of Alabama legislators have accepted an automatic pay increase that they were eligible to receive this spring.

Sixty-six of the state's 104 sitting representatives accepted the raise, while 38 declined it, according to numbers provided by the clerk of the House of Representatives. Twenty-one of the 35 senators also declined the raise, according to Alabama Senate data. The other 14 senators will receive the pay increase.

Legislators get an annual raise in their monthly expense allowance to reflect any increase in the federal consumer price index. They automatically receive the raise unless they sent written notice saying they do not want to receive it.

Lawmakers' total compensation now equals about $56,868 if they have taken the automatic pay increases.


Farley Nuclear Plant conducting exercise

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Officials at the Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan are telling people not to get excited if they see a lot of law enforcement and emergency vehicles around the plant next week.

It's only a drill.

Farley official Cheryl Gayheart says the nuclear power plant will be conducting a hostile action exercise Wednesday afternoon along with federal, state and local emergency officials. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires nuclear power plants to conduct the exercises at least once every eight years. Gayheart says people may see law enforcement vehicles, emergency vehicles and law enforcement helicopters at the plant and in the community.

The Farley Nuclear Plant is part of the Southern Co., the parent company of Alabama Power.

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