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FIRST ALERT: President Obama expected to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2016; Missing hiker found in Marshall Co.

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Troops to remain in Afghanistan

President Obama is set to announce today that he plans to keep American troops in Afghanistan past 2016. Officials close to the President say he will keep 5,500 troops on Afghani soil, instead of pulling all troops out of the country at the end of 2016 as he previously said he would do. Obama is expected to make the announcement from the White House Thursday morning.

Missing hiker found in Marshall County

A man is safe and sound after going missing while hiking Wednesday afternoon. Marshall County Sheriff's Deputies along with Guntersville Rescue Squad and volunteer firefighters began searching for the man around 7 p.m. He was located just after 1 a.m. Thursday.

Whitton to be sentenced today

Convicted murderer Barry Whitton will make an appearance in a Jackson County courtroom to learn his sentencing. Whitton was convicted for the 1997 murder of his first wife, Michelle. A jury found him guilty last month. He is facing up to 20 years in prison.

1 dead after Trooper-involved shooting

1 person is dead after a standoff with State Troopers in Monroeville. The suspect, whose identity remains unknown, was holed up in a home after police unsuccessfully tried to take him into custody. After Troopers arrived to the scene, the man emerged from the home and began firing shots at officers, who then returned fire, striking the man. The SBI is investigating this incident.

Flint River Bridge construction

Construction on the Flint River Bridge is causing unusually long delays this morning on Winchester Road. Allot yourself a little extra time if you're traveling in that direction this morning.

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