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Ala lawmaker arrested on felony perjury charges

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state legislator from southeast Alabama is under arrest on felony perjury charges.

The attorney general's office says Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise is charged with two counts of perjury. He's also charged with two counts of making false statements.

Davis was arrested Thursday. A statement from the attorney general's office says the charges are linked to a continuing investigation of possible public corruption.

Authorities haven't said exactly what the investigation concerns. But another GOP representative, Greg Wren of Montgomery, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor ethics charge and resigned from office earlier this month.

Moore didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.

Moore was first elected to the Alabama House in 2010. He owns a waste-hauling company in Coffee County.


ABI reviewing law enforcement-involved shooting

TALLASSEE, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the shooting death of a man in Tallassee.

District Attorney Randall Houston tells the Montgomery Advertiser that the shooting involved law enforcement but did not know if an officer fired shots.

Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers identified the man as 38-year-old Bobby Jay Coates IV of the Eclectic/Tallassee area. Rodgers says officers were attempting to serve a warrant to Coates when he shot himself in his vehicle.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at a Marathon gas station in Tallassee

Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board spokesman Dean Argo says an agent with the board was involved.


Fort McClellan cleanup receives $56 million

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - The group steering the clean-up effort at an old Army fort in Alabama has received $56 million to complete the task.

The Anniston Star reported that the money will pay for the removal of unexploded ordnance and stray bullets and environmental cleanup and monitoring at the old Fort McClellan, located about 10 miles northeast of Anniston.

McClellan Development Authority Executive Director Robin Scott says cleanup crews will remove the last of the unexploded ordnance by the end of the year, freeing up land for development projects. The funding was approved about two weeks ago by the U.S. Army.

Fort McClellan closed in 1999. The cleanup effort is expected to last for 15 more years.


10th defendant seeks to plead guilty in dog fights

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A 10th defendant has filed court papers seeking to plead guilty in a multi-state dog fighting investigation headquartered in Alabama.

William Antone Edwards of Brantley is the latest defendant to file papers in federal court in Montgomery. A federal judge on Thursday scheduled a plea hearing for Edwards next week.

Federal investigators charged 14 people in the investigation last. In addition to the 10 who are seeking to plead guilty, two are asking to enter a pre-trial diversion program. Two others are still scheduled for trial.

Court records show the arrests stemmed from a four-year investigation that included an undercover officer attending fights in east Alabama and police stopping some suspects with bloody dogs in their vehicles after the fights. Investigators seized more than 400 dogs during the investigation.


Ala. D.A. wants offensive Instagram accounts down

OCEONTA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama district attorney says Instagram accounts posting photos of teenage girls in her county should be taken down.

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey tells that the accounts post teenage girls without their permission under offensive names and violate the photo sharing site's user terms barring bullying or harassment.

Casey says she sent a letter to Facebook, which owns Instagram, but hasn't received a response.

An email to the company's press department wasn't immediately returned on Thursday.

She says Facebook should remove the accounts and take steps to stop new ones from being created.


Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic to stay in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - An agreement has been reached to keep the Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic, a football rivalry game held for nearly eight decades, in the west Georgia city of Columbus.

Last year, organizers said the annual game's future in Columbus was uncertain. Other cities such as Phenix City and Montgomery had expressed interest in hosting the game.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that the agreement reached after months of negotiations will keep the game at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus for the 79th consecutive season.

The upcoming Oct. 11 game will mark the 79th consecutive season for the match between Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala. and Morehouse College in Atlanta.

The Columbus newspaper reports that it is the longest-running rivalry among historically black colleges and universities.


MARTA looks to military bases for police officers

ATLANTA (AP) - Metro Atlanta's public transit system is looking to Detroit and military bases in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia as it attempts to recruit new police officers to its force.

Officials with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority -- known as MARTA in the Atlanta area -- went on recruiting trips last month to Fort Lee in Virginia and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Trips to Detroit in May and to west Georgia's Fort Benning Army base in June are also planned.

The transit system is also offering a $3,000 signing bonus for new officers.

WSB-TV reports that the system has a dozen vacancies on its police force, and the proposed new budget adds an additional 29 officers.

MARTA's police force includes more than 300 sworn positions.

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