High winds possible in Ala from storm system
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama may be buffeted by high winds from a storm system that could bring severe weather to the state.
The National Weather Service issued advisories Saturday saying much of the state could receive winds gusting to 35 mph through Sunday afternoon.
Forecasters say winds could be even stronger as the system arrives, bringing with it a chance of severe storms and isolated tornadoes.
The weather service says there's a high risk of damaging winds in central Alabama, and there's a moderate risk in northern and southern Alabama.
Forecasters say rains will continue through Sunday before moving into Georgia.
Severe weather isn't that unusual in Alabama in December. A tornado caused damage in Mobile last Christmas, and a December tornado killed 11 people in Tuscaloosa 13 years ago.
Stark, Tulane handle Alabama State 84-66
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jonathan Stark scored 21 points and Louis Dabney added 19 as Tulane moved past Alabama State 84-66 in a Westin Holiday Classic matchup Saturday.
The Green Wave (6-6) trailed by one at the 8:28 mark in the first half, but propelled ahead with a quick 10-0 run sparked by a Jay Hook 3-pointer and a Dabney three-point play. Cameron Reynolds and Stark each drained 3-pointers late in the half to give Tulane a 43-27 advantage at the break.
Alabama State (4-3) crawled back in the second half to cut the deficit to nine with a Jamel Waters three-point play, but Tulane countered with a 14-3 surge.
Tulane shot 54.7 percent from the field and outrebounded the Hornets 36-24. Kevin Thomas scored 12 points and Hook had 11. Trevante Drye finished with 14 rebounds for the Green Wave.
Waters paced Alabama State with 17 points and DeMarcus Robinson added 14.
DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP
Northwest Missouri tops Lenoir-Rhyne 43-28
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Trevor Adams passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwest Missouri State to a 43-28 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday in the Division II championship game.
The Bearcats (15-0) won their fourth national title to match Grand Valley State for second-most behind North Dakota State's five. They're the fifth team to go 15-0, managing that feat for a second time.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-2) fell short in only the onetime NAIA champion's second appearance in the Division II playoffs.
Adams completed 15 of 25 of passes with touchdowns of 29 and 30 yards to Reuben Thomas. The pair hooked up for their first score on fourth and 7 on the opening drive and the Bearcats were up 17-0 after 10 minutes.
Lenoir-Rhyne's spread flexbone offense couldn't catch up, despite a quick spark from backup quarterback and playoff star Josh Justice when he came in midway through the third quarter.
SHRIMP BOAT RESCUE
2 rescued off sinking shrimp boat in Mobile Bay
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Two people had to be rescued in the middle of Mobile Bay after a 40-foot shrimp boat began sinking.
The Coast Guard says it received a distress call from a shrimper called "Dreamer" after the vessel began taking on water Saturday morning.
Another fishing boat rescued the two people who were on board. Neither person was hurt, and authorities haven't released their identities.
The boat was about halfway underwater near the Middle Bay Lighthouse, which is southwest of Point Clear.
On-duty officer, child among 3 dead after crash
GAYLESVILLE, Ala. (AP) - State troopers say a police officer and a young child were among three people killed in a two-vehicle wreck in east Alabama.
Officials say 24-year-old Charity Sloane Brewster was driving a Honda Accord with a 2-year-old passenger when she lost control and left the roadway in Cherokee County.
The driver overcorrected and struck a car driven by 51-year-old Centre Police Officer Jeffrey Hugh Bryant of Piedmont.
The crash killed the officer, the woman and the child.
Friends and relatives of Sloane Brewster are posting tributes to her and her young son Scout on social media. The Centre Police Department posted a tribute to Bryant on its Facebook page.
The wreck happened Friday afternoon about 3 miles north of Gaylesville on Alabama 35.
Review clears Ala deputy in fatal shooting
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - A review has cleared a Lauderdale County deputy of wrongdoing in a shooting that left a man dead in August.
Officials say grand jurors ruled that Sgt. Joe Hamilton acted properly in the confrontation that killed 31-year-old Mitchell Keith Campbell in Florence.
The TimesDaily reports the case was presented during a grand jury session that ended Friday.
Campbell was shot to death outside his home on Aug. 10. The shooting happened after Hamilton and other officers went to a residence on a disturbance call.
Authorities say the man picked up a .22-caliber rifle and pointed it at a deputy, prompting Hamilton to open fire.
The officer is being returned to regular duty with the decision. He has been on administrative leave during the review.
DA reviewing school's handling of sexting claims
ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) - A prosecutor is questioning how Blount County school officials handled sexting allegations involving a teacher.
District Attorney Pamela Casey says she is asking the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to review the way school officials looked into claims involving Crystal Gilliland Clowdus.
The 32-year-old Clowdus surrendered Friday on a charge of sending obscene material to a minor. She is on leave from her teaching job at Susan Moore High School.
The prosecutor says school officials didn't notify law enforcement about complaints involving Clowdus, as is required by law. She says school officials knew of the allegations at least a week.
Blount County school officials haven't commented on the case.
Casey says she contacted the Blount County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Human Resources to begin the investigation.
Man arrested after Ala robbery, police shooting
PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man wanted in a robbery that resulted in a fatal police shooting in Phenix City.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports 19-year-old Cudarion Demarco Long of Phenix City was arrested Friday, a day after a holdup turned deadly.
Long is a suspected accomplice of 33-year-old Cimarron Lamar Lamb, who was killed by police after a holdup on Thursday.
Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith says three officers fired shots, and all three are now on paid leave during an investigation.
The shooting followed a 10-minute car chase that began after a robbery victim called police.
Authorities say the dead man was free on bond from a previous robbery charge at the time he was killed.
Court records aren't available to show whether Long has a lawyer.
1ST DISTRICT ELECTION
Businesses help Byrne make political comeback
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican Bradley Byrne has made a political comeback.
He went from losing the Republican runoff for governor in 2010 to winning the special election in the 1st Congressional District on Tuesday.
Byrne drew strong support from business interests in both elections. Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead says Byrne's record of state services and his views on the issues didn't change from 2010 to 2013. He said the big difference was the Alabama Education ran attack ads in the governor's race, but didn't get involved in the congressional race.
Byrne agrees and says it was nice to run a race based on issues rather than fending off attacks.
The 58-year-old attorney says Congress will be his last public office and he has no interest in running for governor again.
Steyr Arms moving to headquarters near Birmingham
BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) - A leading firearms company is moving into new headquarters west of Birmingham.
Steyr Arms says it will be up and running in its 33,000-square-foot complex in Bessemer on Jan. 2.
The company has been operating in the Birmingham suburb of Trussville.
The new facility includes 25,000 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space and 5,000 square feet of office space. There's a firearms testing range and a showroom for guns.
Founded in Austria in 1864, Steyr Arms is a subsidiary of Steyr Mannlicher. The company is both a manufacturer and the U.S. importer of Steyr, Merkel and Anschutz firearms.
Contract next in getting new Ala. State president
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The next step for Alabama State University in getting a new president is for the trustees to negotiate a contract.
The trustees voted 11-0 Friday to hire Gwendolyn Boyd from John Hopkins University to replace Joseph Silver. Trustee Chairman Elton Dean says he doesn't expect her to make more than the $325,000 annual salary that Silver had.
Boyd says she's uncertain when she will move to the Montgomery university, but she says she realizes the Legislature convenes Jan. 14 to start working on an education budget that will help fund Alabama State.
Boyd grew up in Montgomery and got her bachelor's degree in math from Alabama State.
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