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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say two people are dead after a train crashed into a passenger vehicle on its tracks in Alabama. News outlets report a vehicle was attempting to cross the tracks in Birmingham at about 6 p.m. Saturday when it was struck by an Amtrak passenger train.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Demolition work near a south Alabama jail is giving archaeologists an opportunity to learn more about Mobile's past. Al.com reports that the work near the Mobile County Metro Jail is being done for a proposed Interstate 10 bridge, and archaeologists want to learn more about what's at the site. It includes a cluster of nine buildings, most of which appear to have been bail bond offices.
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - High school students in one Alabama city are being introduced to a new tool for learning: Rock-and-roll. The city school board in Decatur has approved a $70,000 contract for a program meant to let students gain real-world skills by planning and promoting a rock concert. Decatur has career academies, and students from its various components will work on different aspects of staging a rock concert. Shows will be held at each of the city's high schools in April.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama education officials plan to create a model policy so that all public school systems are ready to monitor student sex offenders in two years. State Superintendent Eric Mackey says that each local education authority can use it as their own policy by the 2020-2021 school year.
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