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Alabama is inching forward with a plan to build three new prisons.

The Alabama Department of Corrections will open company responses to a "request for qualifications" from firms interested in building the proposed new prisons.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Kay Ivey said the state will release the names of the companies on Monday.

Ivey in February announced a plan to build three new prisons. She said state officials will first gather proposals from companies and then decide how to proceed.

The administration is exploring the possibility of leasing the prisons.

Robbery Suspect

Aug 16, 2019

The Tuskegee Police Department has acquired arrest warrants for Marc John Love in connection to a Robbery and Home Invasion.

The incident occurred on August 13, in the 2000 Block of Moton Circle, Tuskegee, Alabama.

Reports state that Love and two other individuals forced their way inside the victim’s residence, where they took items and assaulted a female.

Love is 20 years old standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds.

Love should be considered Armed and Dangerous!

Deadly shooting near college campus

Aug 16, 2019

A shooting near the campus of Alabama State University last night has left 2 dead and 3 others in the hospital fighting for their lives.

The shooting took place in the Patterson Court Housing Community located in the 800 block of University Drive N. around 7:15 Thursday night.

Details about the shooting are limited as authorities continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting.

Bank Robbery

Aug 13, 2019

A man dressed in University of Alabama Apparel robbed the First community Bank located at 1761 E. Main St. in Prattville on yesterday.

The suspect produced a note to the bank employee demanding money.

The suspect fled the bank on foot and is believed to have left the scene in a black pick-up truck. At least two other people are believed to have been inside the vehicle.

The robbers are suspected to have robbed several other banks in multiple states over the last few weeks.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact PPD or the FBI.

Former State Representative Shot

Aug 13, 2019

Former State Representative James Thomas was injured in a shooting according to the Selma Police Department.

Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office contacted Interim Police Chief Robert Green and said to check on Thomas.

During a check at Thomas’ house the found a vehicle with multiple bullet holes and blood in the front seat. Thomas was not at the residence. Police later found out that he had been transported to Baptist South treated for a gunshot wound and released.

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At a cancer treatment center in Iran's capital of Tehran, a doctor's fight to treat her cancer patients has become harder. As U.S. sanctions sink in, the flow of medicine and medical supplies in Iran appears to have slowed — and the reasons are difficult to pin down.

Dr. Mastaneh Sanei, an oncologist at the Roshana Cancer Center, says she's treating patients without the benefits of consistently functioning equipment and a reliable supply of drugs.

With the right treatment, she says, "you may not cure these patients, but they have the chance to prolong survival."

After a stretch of relative peace in Hong Kong, a standoff between protesters and riot police became violent again on Saturday.

Police fired tear gas after pro-democracy demonstrators blocked roads with barricades made of bamboo sticks and hurled bricks, in the district of Kwun Tong.

In a statement, police said protesters paralyzed traffic and affected emergency services in the area near a police station.

President Trump arrived in France for the annual G7 Summit, with the flagging global economy and ongoing trade war with China framing his visit, and the meeting potentially further exposing deep rifts between the U.S. and other countries over trade and climate change.

Just before leaving Washington, D.C., on Friday, Trump increased tariffs on Chinese imports, and threatened to force all American companies to leave China. Upon arriving in Biarritz early Saturday, Trump said, via Twitter, that he had the authority to do so.

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