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54th Annual Rattlesnake Rodeo Attracts Thousands

Updated: 04/12/2014 - Most people usually try to stay away from snakes but that was not the case today. The Rattlesnake Rodeo in Opp was an event for folks looking to sink their fangs into a slithery experience.

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Day in History: "1st" Olympics; Edward R Murrow; Elvis; ABBA

Updated: 04/06/2014 - On April 6 - In 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece... In 1954, a month after being criticized by newsman Edward R. Murrow on CBS' "See It Now," Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., given the chance to respond on the program, charged that Murrow had, in the past, "engaged in propaganda for Communist causes."... In 1974, Swedish pop group ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest held in Brighton, England, with a performance of the song "Waterloo."...

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Day in History: Ronald Reagan; Alaska; Brando; Jeopardy; Ramones

Updated: 03/30/2014 - On March 30 - In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously wounded outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded in the attack were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty... In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million... In 1955, the movie "On the Waterfront" won the Academy Award for best picture. Marlon Brando won the best actor Oscar... In 1964, the original version of the TV game show "Jeopardy!," hosted by Art Fleming, premiered on NBC... In 1974, the Ramones' first concert took place at Performance Studio in New York...

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Day in History: "Give Me Liberty"; Lewis & Clark; Beach Boys; Watergate; Liz Taylor

Posted: 03/23/2014 - On March 23 - In 1775, Patrick Henry delivered an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he is said to have declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" In 1806, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east. In 1963, the Beach Boys released the single "Surfin' USA." In 1973, before sentencing a group of Watergate break-in defendants, Chief U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica read aloud a letter to him from James W. McCord Jr. which said there had been "political pressure" to "plead guilty and remain silent." In 2011, Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor died in Los Angeles at age 79.

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A Celebration of Peanuts

Posted: 03/22/2014 - Celebrations are a time of joy, fun and pride. Most of them are for birthdays and anniversaries but that wasn't the case for one Wiregrass town Saturday.

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Day in History: Magellan; Goddard; My Lai; Tonya Harding; Reba McEntire

Updated: 03/16/2014 - On March 15 - In 1521, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines, where he was killed by natives the following month. In 1926, rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Mass. In 1968, during the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre of Vietnamese civilians was carried out by U.S. Army troops; estimates of the death toll vary between 347 and 504. In 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine. In 1974, the Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to a new facility at the Opryland complex. In 1991, seven members of Reba McEntire's band and her road manager were killed when their plane crashed after taking off from an airport in San Diego.

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Day in History: Supreme Court & Libel; Civil War; Pancho Villa; Edward R. Murrow

Posted: 03/09/2014 - Current Obit: Sheila MacRae of 'Honeymooners' fame dies at 92... On March 9 - In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, raised the standard for proving libel, unanimously ruling that public officials who charged they'd been defamed by the press concerning their official duties had to demonstrate "actual malice" on the part of the news organization in order to recover damages... In 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va... In 1916, Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, N.M., killing 18 Americans... In 1954, CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviewed Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's anti-communism campaign on "See It Now."...

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Regional News: Dothan Alcohol Vote; Animal Cruelty Charge in Graceville; Fla Murder, Abuse Convictions

Posted: 03/02/2014 - vote on alcohol at Dothan outdoor downtown events... 3 arrested on charges of neglecting dairy cattle in Graceville, Fla... Mardi Gras in Mobile... Man gets life sentence in beating death of Fla disabled elderly man... Judge sentences mom to 17 years for starving child... Colorado man wins Key West conch blowing contest... Venezuelans hold more rallies in South Fla... Cypress Garden Esther Williams set to reopen...

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Day in History: Late States to Ratify Bill of Rights; Wilt's 100; King Kong; Casablanca; Beatles; Dusty Springfield

Updated: 03/02/2014 - On March 2 - In 1939, the Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights, 147 years after the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution had gone into effect. (Georgia and Connecticut soon followed.)... In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands. (Philadelphia won, 169-147.)... In 1933, the movie "King Kong" had its world premiere in New York... In 1944, "Casablanca" won the best picture and best screenplay Academy Awards... In 1964, The Beatles began work in London on the film "A Hard Day's Night."... In 1999, singer Dusty Springfield died at her home in outside London after battling breast cancer. She was 59...

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US News: Mexican Drug Leader Arrested; Carbon Monoxide Kills 1; Walkway Collapse Kills Firefighter; Wild Mustangs in Peril; Maria von Trapp Dies

Posted: 02/23/2014 - Mexican drug cartel leader's security team helped in his arrest... Carbon monoxide detected at NY mall, 1 dead... Mo. firefighter killed at walkway collapse... Cuts may be in store for Medicare Advantage plans... FDA to boost India staff overseeing drug imports... US gov't's wild mustang program in disarray... NC coal-ash dumps threaten community... Woman held in tribal shooting known as bully... Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont... Mixed signals over in-flight use of cellphones... Tax break helps NYC lure 'The Tonight Show' home... Obama to propose changes to wildfire funding... Girl Scout's effort to sell cookies goes to 'pot'...

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