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Ala town ravaged by twister opens new school

PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) - A northwest Alabama town is finally opening a new school more than three years after a tornado destroyed the old one.

Students began attending classes at Phil Campbell High School on Monday.

WAFF-TV reports that teachers, administrators and some students worked much of the weekend getting the new building ready to open.

An EF-5 tornado killed more than two dozen people and destroyed much of the Franklin County city during the outbreak of April 27, 2011. The school was among the casualties.

Since then students have met for classes at a community college, in trailers and even in area churches.

State inspectors gave final approval for the new school to open last week, and classes were out Thursday and Friday to allow time for a move to the new building.


Church marks anniversary of deadly bombing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A church in Birmingham is marking the anniversary of a deadly Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.

The 16th Street Baptist Church planned to hold a service Monday to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the blast.

Bells will toll at 10:22 a.m., the approximate time the bomb went off on a Sunday morning at the church.

The blast killed four girls. It became an important symbol of the depth of racial hatred in the South during the civil rights era.

Four Ku Klux Klansmen were convicted in the bombing, and one remains in prison.

The city of Birmingham recalled the bombing with four days of events and festivals leading up to the anniversary.


Man killed, woman injured in Birmingham shooting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police say a shooting in Birmingham has left one man dead and a woman critically injured.

Police say officers responded to reports of a shooting around 6:30 a.m. Sunday on Bessemer Road. They found the man and the woman -- both with gunshot wounds -- on the ground outside their vehicle. reports that both victims were taken to UAB Hospital, where the man died and the woman was in critical condition.

Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards said the victims were attacked by unknown males who fled the scene in a vehicle.

Police were asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact them.


'White Water' movie to begin filming Opelika area

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Filmmaker Rusty Cundieff says his latest project, "White Water," is scheduled to begin filming Monday in Opelika and the surrounding area.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that the film is based on the book "White Water," written by Eric Stein and Michael Bandy.

The story line involves a 9-year-old black child dealing with racial tension in the South in the 1960s.

Leading up to production, Cundieff and the film crew spent nearly two months scouting locations and setting up an office at The Train Depot on South Railroad Avenue in Opelika.

Producer Dwayne Johnson-Cochran said the film would utilize several locations in the area, including the historic district of Opelika, as well as parts of Waverly and the courthouse in Lafayette.


Vietnam soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers for their acts of bravery in the Vietnam War.

The medals will be given to Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

Adkins, who served 22 years and lives in Alabama, planned to attend the ceremony. Sloat was killed in action in 1970 at age 20.

The Medal of Honor is given to Armed Forces members who risk their lives in acts of great personal bravery.


Bentley to attend domestic violence training class

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's first lady Dianne Bentley is scheduled to attend a domestic violence training session for Shelby County law enforcement officials.

Gov. Robert Bentley's office says the session Monday is part of Dianne Bentley's initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The training session is being provided by SafeHouse, which offers emergency and transitional housing for those who are homeless because of abuse. The organization also provides domestic violence response and prevention programs.

The session is being held at the Shelby County Sheriff's Training Center in Columbiana.

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