Regional News: Train/Truck Hit: 4 Deaths at Atlanta VA; Sex Survey for Middle Schoolers?

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GLENCOE, Ala. (AP) -- Police say an Alabama man suffered only scratches and bruises after a train crashed into his pickup truck and pushed it more than 500 feet along the tracks. John Paul Moore walked away from his mangled truck after the collision Friday at a railroad crossing in Glencoe, about 6 miles southeast of Gadsden.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- An aide to Gov. Robert Bentley says the administration will continue to explore its options after lawmakers adjourned Monday without acting on 70 nominees to various state boards. Jennifer Ardis, a spokeswoman in the governor's office, said the administration is worried that some boards may not have enough qualified members to do business. Many of the boards, however, allow sitting members to continue serving until their replacement are confirmed.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Department of Public Health is working with other health agencies to investigate an injectable anti-inflammatory drug prepared by a compounding manufacturer in Tennessee. Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tenn. shipped the tainted medicine to clinics in 13 states, including to one clinic in Alabama.

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a 4-year-old girl and her grandfather have drowned in the Apalachicola River in Florida's Panhandle. The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office says the family of Eugene Jacobs and his granddaughter Alayha Jacobs contacted authorities Thursday evening when the pair failed to return from a fishing trip.

PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (AP) -- The South Florida man who caught and killed the longest Burmese python ever found in Florida gets to keep the snakeskin. Jason Leon of Palmetto Bay saw a few feet of the snake sticking out of some bushes alongside a rural Miami-Dade County road on May 11. When Leon pulled the snake out into the open, it turned out to be 18 feet 8 inches long.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Restrictions have been lifted at Tallahassee Regional Airport after authorities removed a suspicious bag discovered in one of the terminals. Tallahassee police sent a robot into the area where the bag was discovered. Officials say the bag has been moved to a different location for further investigation.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Four deaths at the Atlanta VA Medical Center mark the latest in a series of problems plaguing Veterans Affairs, prompting outrage from officials and congressional scrutiny of the largest integrated health care system in the country. In recent years, there've been inquiries into the Pittsburgh VA system after five people died of Legionnaire's disease and the Buffalo, N.Y., VA hospital where at least 18 veterans tested positive for hepatitis.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia stands to lose $1.8 million in funding because state officials refuse to participate in a federal survey that asks high school and middle school students about their sexual history. Gov. Nathan Deal and the state Department of Education have decided it's inappropriate for school children as young as 12 to answer questions about whether they use condoms and how many sexual partners they have had.

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- The Georgia Sea Turtle Center hopes to make the summer nesting season less deadly for diamondback terrapins on the Georgia coast. The center on Jekyll Island plans a presentation Saturday to make sure residents and visitors know about the hazards the small turtles face from cars on the island causeway.

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) -- Police say a shoplifter in metro Atlanta had particularly sticky fingers for deodorant sticks, stealing 195 of them from a Target store. Police in Cobb County obtained an arrest warrant that accuses a Marietta man of stealing $877.80 worth of deodorant between January and April.