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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. Houston says initial reports are that the man shot himself.

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

The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at a Marathon gas station in Tallassee, where local police and state investigators were attempting to apprehend the man.


Ala. doctor guilty in drugs for sex scheme

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Fairhope doctor has pleaded guilty to trading prescription drugs for sex with patients. reported Wednesday that 60-year-old Joseph Ndolo pleaded guilty to three federal drug charges and is expected to be sentenced on Aug. 22.

Federal prosecutors in Mobile say Ndolo ran a pill mill from his clinic between 2008 and 2013, and will have to surrender his medical license.

Authorities say Ndolo also traded drugs for graphic pictures from several patients.

Prosecutors say former his employee and patient, Madonna Reed, has also pleaded guilty to drug charges for selling prescription pills to a drug dealer for $5 each. She was sentenced to three years of probation.


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 29 officers.

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


Indiana governor to address Alabama GOP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be in Alabama in June.

Pence is scheduled to speak at the Alabama Republican Party's Summer Dinner on June 20 in Birmingham.

State Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead calls Pence a rising star of the party who might become a presidential contender in 2016. Armistead says Indiana has cut taxes and expanded school choice since Pence was elected governor in 2012.

The dinner on June 20 will be followed by a meeting of the State Republican Executive Committee the next day.


Health official to discuss infant mortality at ASU

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal health official is scheduled to speak about the state's rising infant mortality rate at Alabama State University. reports Yvonne Maddox of the National Institutes of Health is expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the ASU John Garrick Hardy Student Center.

Maddox is acting director of the NIH's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and will serve as the keynote speaker during the university's Baines-Woodruff Endowed Lectureship on Health Disparities.

According to the state Department of Public Health, Alabama's infant mortality rate rose from 8.1 deaths per thousand to 8.9 deaths per thousand between 2011 and 2012.


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 in Alabama, 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.

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