News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Democratic party leaders could be stripped of their DNC credentials after the state party missed deadlines for new leadership elections. The Democratic National Committee's credentials committee on Thursday recommended revoking the credentials of Alabama Chairwoman Nancy Worley and Vice-Chair Randy Kelley. The action came after the state party missed two deadlines for new elections and party bylaws.
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama sheriff has been arrested on theft and ethics charges. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Thursday that Mike Blakely, the longtime sheriff of Limestone County, has been indicted on 13 charges, including illegally taking money from his campaign account and law enforcement funds, using his position to obtain interest-free loans and other charges.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town says U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon sentenced 49-year-old Jerry Wayne Hamilton Jr., of Sylacauga, on Wednesday. In a news release Thursday, Town says court documents show Hamilton spoke with who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl on several dating and chat apps last October. In fact, Town says, Hamilton was communicating with an undercover detective.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans is still saying goodbye to a beloved local TV anchor-woman and a respected local stunt pilot who promoted anti-drug messages at local schools. WVUE reporter Nancy Parker died when a small plane flown by pilot Franklin Augustus crashed shortly after takeoff last week from Lakefront Airport. A memorial for Parker is set for Friday at Xavier University. And a program honoring Augustus is being planned for Aug. 31 at the airport.
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