Alabama man dies ATV crash
AMORY, Miss. (AP) - An Alabama man has died in an ATV accident in Monroe County on Friday.
Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley tells WCBI-TV in Columbus, Miss., that 40-year-old David Christopher Herrington of Samson, Ala., was the passenger in a Polaris Razor when it flipped over into a swollen creek.
Gurley says Herrington was trapped under the ATV for several minutes until rescue crews arrived and took him to Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center.
Gurley says the accident happened at Wheeler Creek Campground, three miles east of Amory, about 1:30 p.m.
Gurley says Herrington died as a result of drowning.
Police charge Calera man in murder of woman
CALERA, Ala. (AP) - Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in the fatal shooting of a woman in Calera.
Demetrius Watson has been charged with murder in the killing of 40-year-old Lisa Langston.
WBMA-TV reports that police responded to a domestic disturbance Thursday and found Langston shot to death. The motive for the shooting remains unclear. Watson's brother, Joshua, said his sibling acted in self-defense after Langston "barged" into the house.
Demetrius Watson was being held at the Shelby County Jail on a $75,000 bond. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.
Pickens police investigate possible murder-suicide
CARROLLTON, Ala. (AP) - Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Pickens County.
WBMA-TV reports that three bodies were found at the home of 82-year-old Dora Johnson. Besides Johnson, the deceased include her 53-year-old son, John Johnson, and her daughter, 63-year-old Patricia Johnson Hudson.
Police say the son appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities were still waiting for autopsy results on the other two victims.
2014 could be repeat of 2013 for Alabama raises
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama teachers could be in line for another pay raise when the state legislature meets next year, but non-education state employees should not get their hopes up.
Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to propose an increase for education employees. But he says the state General Fund is too anemic to do the same for non-education employees.
Bentley says he has not decided how much of a raise he will recommend for teachers.
During the 2013 session, the Legislature approved a 2 percent cost-of-living raise for education employees, and none for state workers in non-education agencies.
Merit pay, however, is another story. Non-education employees will be able to qualify for merit raises beginning Jan. 1. Those raises have been frozen since late 2008.
The 2014 legislative session begins Jan. 14.
Study: Creative industries provide 71,000 jobs
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new study says Alabama has more than 4,700 businesses labeled creative industries and they account for 71,000 jobs and more than $2 billion in annual payroll.
The study was done by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the regional arts organization South Arts. Film and media account for the biggest portion of the jobs, with more than 26,000 people. Literary and publishing businesses are responsible for nearly 20,000 jobs. Design businesses employ nearly 9,400 people, and the visual arts and crafts account for nearly 8,500 jobs.
The executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Al Head, says the study demonstrates the economic impact of the arts.
PICKENS COUNTY SLAYINGS
3 dead in west Alabama killings
CARROLLTON, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say it appears a west Alabama man killed himself in the same home where his sister and mother were found dead in Pickens County.
A relative discovered the body of 82-year-old Dora Johnson inside her home in Carrollton early Friday. Also inside were the bodies of her daughter, 63-year-old Patricia Hudson, and Johnson's 53-year-old son, John Virgil Johnson.
Investigator Keith Cox says the killings appear to be a case of murders followed by a suicide. He says Johnson appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Cox says he can't comment on the women's cause of death.
Dora Johnson was known for working to preserve the Pickens County courthouse, which has a ghostly image in an attic window known as the "Face in the Courthouse Window."
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