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HELICOPTER CRASH

2 dead in Ala helicopter crash

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Two people are dead following a helicopter crash in Tuscaloosa County.

WBMA-TV reports the two died when the aircraft went down about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa on Tuesday morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the accident involves a McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter. Two people were on board.

Authorities haven't released any names or said who owns the helicopter.

The FAA is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the crash.

VA EMPLOYEE-SEXUAL ABUSE

VA employee in Alabama charged with sexual abuse

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Veterans Administration employee is charged with sexual abuse of a mentally disabled volunteer.

Federal court records showed Tuesday that 44-year-old Eric Allen of Auburn was being held on a charge of sexual abuse. He was arrested Friday based on an investigation by the VA. He is accused of sexually abusing a female volunteer with Downs Syndrome in a restroom at the Tuskegee VA Medical Center on Aug. 8.

Allen's court-appointed attorney was out of the office Tuesday and not immediately available for comment.

The arrest follows a series of troubles for the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, including altering appointment records to mask how long veterans wait for appointments and not reading hundreds of X-rays.

HAIR COLOR DISPUTE

Ala. family challenging school district dress code

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) - The family of a northwest Alabama teen who was sent home from school because of her hair color says the district could face a Civil Rights Act lawsuit if its policy isn't revised.

Kim Boyd has said her 15-year-old daughter Hayleigh Black was sent home from Muscle Shoals High School because her red hair was considered a violation of the district's dress code. The policy calls for hair to be dyed natural colors.

Attorney Jonathan McGee tells the TimesDaily the family wants the district to revise its policy and let Black dye her hair red again.

McGee says the policy and Black being sent home from school violates her constitutional rights. School board attorney Taylor Brooks says case law supports districts' ability to stipulate hairstyles in school dress codes.

AUBURN POLICE-TICKET QUOTA

Judge dismisses ex-Auburn police officer's lawsuit

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former Auburn police officer who had accused the police department of using a quota system in making traffic stops.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that District Judge W. Harold Albritton on Monday dismissed the case filed by Justin Hanners.

Hanners maintained he was fired because of his opposition to the system he said was in place in the department.

Hanners said he was fired from the police department after accusing officials of implementing a two-per day ticketing quota. Auburn city officials said there was no quota.

The judge ruled that Hanners, who had the burden of proof to justify his case, failed to show just cause for his lawsuit.

The Opelika newspaper reports that calls to Hanners and his attorneys weren't returned.

STABBING DEATH-SENTENCE

Ala man gets 35 years in stabbing death, wounding

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A Lee County judge sentenced a man to 35 years in prison for fatally stabbing one man and injuring another last year.

Circuit Judge Jacob Walker imposed the sentence Monday on Kentarious Beasley.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that Beasley apologized for what he did and told the judge he isn't a bad person.

But the judge sentenced the man to prison for manslaughter in the death of Gregory Antoni Moody and attempted murder in the wounding of his brother, William Herbert Moody Dowdell.

Opelika police arrested Beasley and his twin brother after two men were found stabbed in a trailer park on April 1, 2013. Beasley's brother wasn't indicted.

GAS TRUCK OVERTURNS

Gas truck crashes, overturns in Phenix City yard

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - Crews have been cleaning up an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 gallons of gasoline after a semitrailer overturned in the front yard of a home in eastern Alabama.

Authorities say the tractor-trailer crashed and overturned outside a home on Summerville Road in Phenix City shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that a hole the size of a garden hose was discovered spilling gasoline into the yard. Two smaller 4,500-gallon gasoline trucks were used to empty out the contents of the larger truck's tank.

Authorities say the driver of the semi was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. No one else was injured in the crash.

REMINGTON-LAYOFFS

Lawmakers: Remington laying off 105 in New York

ILION, N.Y. (AP) - Two New York state lawmakers say more than 100 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off as the company shifts two of its assembly lines to Alabama.

Sen. James Seward of Oneonta and Assemblyman Marc Butler of Herkimer County tell local media that 105 people are losing their jobs at Remington's plant in the village of Ilion, 55 miles east of Syracuse.

In May, Madison, North Carolina-based Remington announced that it would move the Bushmaster rifle and R1 pistol production lines from Ilion to its new plant in Huntsville, Alabama starting this summer. Parent company Remington Outdoor announced in February it would expand the Alabama operation.

The Ilion plant employs about 1,300 workers.

A spokesman for Remington Outdoor says the layoffs are a result of the consolidation and a softening market.

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