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Alabama State University has named Eddie Robinson Jr. as the 30th head football coach of the ASU Hornets in a Friday morning news conference.

Robinson, a New Orleans native, walked on at ASU and became a star linebacker on the ASU 1991 championship team. He earned All-SWAC honors and was named the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year twice, in 1990 and 1991, and was named a two-time Sheridan Broadcasting Network All-American. He also earned national Defensive Player of the Year honors after the 1991 HBCU National Championship.

The NFL is headed to west Alabama to scout college football players at the inaugural HBCU Pigskin Showdown in Marion.

The HBCU Pigskin Showdown is a post season all-star football game — that will showcase some of the best draft-eligible football players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Co-founder Chris Williams says 84 HBCU players are set to hit the grid iron.

“Of the 32 NFL teams I mean we gotten 27 of the teams that have committed to send scouts to the game. Some teams are sending two scouts to the game,” said Williams.

Turkey Day Classic Schedule of Events

Nov 24, 2021

Turkey Day Classic 

97TH ANNUAL TURKEY DAY CLASSIC

ASU has planned a fun-filled schedule of events for the 97th annual Turkey Day Classic. This year’s celebration will include everything from the annual Alumni Brunch to our exciting TDC Concert, to the annual TDC Parade in downtown Montgomery before the classic showdown between the ASU Hornets and the Tuskegee University Tigers. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

  You don't want to miss a single minute of the action, so make your plans now to join us!

Browse all of ASU's exciting TDC events below:

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  A popular Montgomery restaurant has reopened following a ceiling collapse that forced its closure in August.

5 Points Deli & Grill, located in the Cloverdale area, announced it would be reopening Monday, hosting a grand reopening on Friday. The restaurant took to Facebook to make the announcement thanking patrons for their support and asking them to come out and continue supporting the business.

Get ready for a spectacular astronomical event later this week. The longest partial lunar eclipse this century will occur Thursday night into early Friday morning, and it will be visible in its entirety in Alabama.

While technically not a total lunar eclipse, it’s not far from it. More than 97% of the moon will be in Earth’s dark umbral shadow at maximum eclipse.

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Bob Dole, a longtime Senate Republican leader and the party's presidential nominee in 1996, died Sunday at age 98.

Dole's death was confirmed in a tweet by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

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Thomas Gavin may be one of the most prolific artifact thieves in U.S. history.

There are no movies or books about him, and no wild police chases or Indiana Jones-like adventures. In fact, until a couple of years ago no one even knew who he was.

But Gavin had been on a tear in the '60s and '70s, hitting nearly a dozen museums on the East Coast. He mostly stole antique firearms and stashed them in his hideout — a cluttered, non-descript barn in rural Pennsylvania.

Buying stuff is a part of America's DNA.

It's a tradition that really took off near the end of World War II, when the economy was thriving and the market exploded with products Americans didn't even know they wanted.

And even in an economy rocked by a pandemic, buying is on track to exceed 2020 levels this holiday season. The result of all that spending means consumption drives 70% of our country's GDP, but it's also driving very real environmental issues.

There are more homeless families in the United States than in any other industrialized country. The main cause is the lack of affordable housing.

Nearly 172,000 families experienced homelessness in 2020, making up about 30% of the homeless population.

Updated December 5, 2021 at 10:27 AM ET

Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. That's according to a new analysis by NPR that examines how political polarization and misinformation are driving a significant share of the deaths in the pandemic.

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