NUCLEAR PLANT FIRE
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- The Browns Ferry nuclear plant in north Alabama had a fire in one of its control rooms in January, but the Tennessee Valley Authority didn't issue a public notice of the fire until this week.
The Huntsville Times reports that the TVA incident report indicates that the fire lasted about 10 minutes and was caused by an electrical component that was about four times older than its recommended shelf life.
TVA's sent its report on the Jan. 26 fire to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on March 26. An NRC spokesman said Friday he had no explanation why the report wasn't made public by the federal regulatory agency until Monday.
TVA determined the fire didn't affect safety systems and didn't last long enough to warrant immediate reporting to the NRC.
COURT EXTORTION LAWSUIT
COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) -- A judge has temporarily shut down what he called a "debtors prison" run by the municipal court of a central Alabama city.
In an order filed Wednesday, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Hub Harrington said the Harpersville Municipal Court was running a "judicially sanctioned extortion racket."
Harrington wrote that the court's actions repeatedly violated the constitutional rights of defendants that appeared before it. If defendants weren't able to immediately pay court-imposed fines and fees, they were trapped into paying several times the amount when their cases were turned over to a private probation company, the judge found.
Harrington has taken control of cases in Harpersville involving people jailed for failing to pay court fines and fees. He also ordered city and probation company officials to attend an Aug. 20 hearing.
BLACK MARINE HONORED
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- David Potts Sr. and 400 other surviving Montford Point Marines, the nation's first group of black Marines, have been honored at the U.S. Marine Barracks in Washington.
The Marines, all of whom were well into their 80s, were the nation's first group of black Marines who served in a segregated military during World War II.
The 88-year-old Potts tells the Sun Herald that the Marines dealt with discrimination at home and abroad.
But in Washington, they were greeted by Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, congressional leaders and other officials.
On the flights to and from Washington, Potts says people, including military personnel, shook his hand, wished him well or had their pictures made with him.
The Montford Marines once totaled 20,000.
DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit police say authorities have found a 3-year-old girl who was taken by her father.
Police released a statement late Friday saying the child, Kerianna Clark, had been safely recovered and that her father has been taken into custody on the city's west side.
The child had been last seen Thursday afternoon in Detroit. Authorities said she'd been taken by her father, who lives in Alabama.
No other details were released.
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