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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she will receive treatment for a malignancy discovered on her lung.

Ivey said Thursday that the cancer is treatable and will not prevent her from serving as governor.

The 74-year-old says the spot was discovered in a routine exam. 

Ivey said she will have an outpatient procedure at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and then will have radiation treatments.

In a statement, Ivey says she feels lucky the cancer was caught early and "confident of God's plan and purpose for my life."

Man charged in Police Officers shooting death

Sep 18, 2019

A man faces capital murder charges in the death of an Alabama police officer.

Police said Tuesday that 20-year-old Luther Bernard Watkins is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of 40-year-old Tuscaloosa police officer Dornell Cousette.

Authorities say Cousette was shot and killed Monday night while attempting to arrest Watkins who was wanted for robbery and other charges.

Authorities say a Tuscaloosa police officer has died and the wanted felon he was pursuing is in custody after a shootout.

A local news outlet reports 40-year-old officer Dornell Cousette had come to arrest a man who failed to appear in court on felony warrants. A bail bondsman was at the scene. The suspect ran inside a house instead and Cousette pursued him.

Tuscaloosa Interim Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said shots were fired, fatally wounding the officer.

Friday Night Lights Week 4 Review

Sep 17, 2019

Week 4 of Friday Night Lights is in the books and as the season rolls on the cream has definitely started to rise to the top.

The Carver Wolverines came up successful over Baker by a score of 34-19, Stanhope Elmore put the Jake The Snake DDT on Calera dropping them 42-15, Powerhouse Hoover outlasted Hewitt-Trussville 28-14, and Opelika egged Wetumpka 33-32.

Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley says Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is trying to beat "Alabama into submission" in their ongoing feud.  Worley on Tuesday responded to a Monday letter by Perez that said Alabama was failing to meet basic obligations.  She says there has been an "all-out attack" by those unhappy that she won last year's election for chair.  Worley says that includes U.S. Sen.

The 5th Annual Nat King Cole Society Jazz Festival

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It's back-to-school time on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and in the border town of Matamoros, Mexico, migrant children are attending a different kind of classroom.

Volunteers have created a pop-up school on a downtown sidewalk in hopes of giving the kids some sense of stability.

"One, two, three, four..." counts Tito, an asylum seeker from Cuba, in Spanish in front of a group of children attending the sidewalk school recently.

He fled his native Cuba because he feared being persecuted for being gay, and he asked that we not use his last name.

The New England Patriots on Friday released wide receiver Antonio Brown, who had only been with the team for a short time, after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct.

The defending Super Bowl champions announced the move in a statement emailed to reporters, minutes after Brown posted on Twitter: "Thank you for the opportunity @Patriots #GoWinIt."

Twitter permanently suspended thousands of accounts in its ongoing effort to fight the spread of disinformation and political discord on its platform, the company announced Friday.

The accounts originated from six different countries. And they included the Twitter account used by Saud al-Qahtani, a former adviser to Saudi Arabia's crown prince and suspected of being involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

New England Patriots Cut Antonio Brown

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To the NFL now. The New England Patriots have released receiver Antonio Brown. Pressure had been building on the Patriots after allegations surfaced that Brown sexually assaulted a former trainer. From member station WGBH in Boston, Esteban Bustillos has more.

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To the NFL now. The New England Patriots have released receiver Antonio Brown. Pressure had been building on the Patriots after allegations surfaced that Brown sexually assaulted a former trainer. From member station WGBH in Boston, Esteban Bustillos has more.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled legislation this week that would give the federal government sweeping new authority to regulate and lower the cost of prescription drugs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared the bill dead on arrival and told Politico it amounts to "socialist price controls."

Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes, at namesake stores and Sam's Club locations. The nation's largest retailer is responding to growing health concerns around vaping, especially among young people.

Walmart cited "growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes," saying that its stores will stop selling e-cigarettes once the current inventory is sold.

The U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is nearly empty these days, but President Trump is explicitly ruling out the possibility of sending thousands of captured Islamic State fighters there.

"The United States is not going to have thousands and thousands of people that we've captured stationed at Guantánamo Bay, held captive at Guantánamo Bay for the next 50 years and us spending billions and billions of dollars," Trump told reporters Friday during an appearance at the White House with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

To the NFL now. The New England Patriots have released receiver Antonio Brown. Pressure had been building on the Patriots after allegations surfaced that Brown sexually assaulted a former trainer. From member station WGBH in Boston, Esteban Bustillos has more.

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