Regional News: Reward in Killing; Pilot Killed; Hurricane Season Ends

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By: ap

TROY, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward in a robbery and shooting that left a gas station worker dead in southeast Alabama.
The money is coming from Gov. Robert Bentley's office, the city of Troy and Pike County.
Sheriff's officials say 51-year-old Mike Mills of Troy was shot to death during an apparent holdup at the Hill Mart in Springhill on Nov. 23.
Sheriff Russell Thomas says it appears the killer came into the gas station, shot Mills and then left with the cash register.
Authorities are looking for anyone who might have been a customer at the store or even driven by on the night of the slaying.

ELKMONT, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say a teenage pilot is dead after a small airplane crashed in a north Alabama town.
Officials say a single-engine aircraft went down about 1:15 p.m. Saturday. The plane bounced into an unoccupied house after it hit the ground.
Elkmont Fire Chief Michael Carter says the pilot is dead, and no one else was on board.
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely identifies the 18-year-old pilot as Nick Loggins. Blakely says the teen's family lives near the crash site and recently purchased the plane.
Carter says it's not clear what caused the crash. He says damage to the house is "very minimal."
Elkmont is located in Limestone County about 30 miles northwest of Huntsville and just a few miles south of the Tennessee state line.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Mobile's new mayor is heading to Germany to meet with Airbus representatives about the company's upcoming assembly plant in the port city. Mayor Sandy Stimpson is among the local and state leaders traveling to Hamburg, Germany, for Aviation Forum 2013.

MIAMI (AP) -- The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season has come to an end.
The season concluded Saturday after a total of 13 named storms, only two of which became hurricanes.
Forecasters had predicted a busy year, but 2013 saw the fewest hurricanes in a single year since 1982.
Just one storm -- Tropical Storm Andrea -- made landfall in the United States.
Experts say drier-than-expected air and persistent strong upper level winds in the atmosphere over the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean led to the weaker season.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A federal judge has rescheduled the trial of a man charged with kidnapping a woman in Florida and taking her to Mississippi before she escaped and went to police. Authorities say Jacobo Feliciano-Francisco and another man abducted the woman in Panama City Beach, Fla., on June 27 and planned to force her into prostitution in Baton Rouge, La. The trial was rescheduled for March 10.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A father faces felony child neglect charges after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted a baby left alone in a car outside a Best Buy store. The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. Thursday near Orlando. The child was not harmed.

OKEFENOKEE-BOARDWALK
FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) -- The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is offering weekend tours of its new Chesser Island boardwalk in December.
The boardwalk, which stretches 3/4 of a mile, just reopened in late November. It had to be rebuilt after being destroyed by the Honey Prairie Fire, a vast wildfire that burned more than 430 square miles of the swamp over the course of nearly a full year from April 2011 until 2012.
Rangers at the refuge will offer one-hour guided walks of the new boardwalk on Saturdays from Dec. 7 through Dec. 21.
Visitors will hear about the plants and animals inhabiting the Okefenokee and their role in the swamp's ecosystem.
The Okefenokee refuge covers roughly 625 square miles straddling the Georgia-Florida state line.


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