Alabama News July 8

By: AP
By: AP

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama officials are gathering at the Farnborough International Air Show near London to build on the state's success in landing an Airbus assembly plant.
A trade association representing Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi -- the Aerospace Alliance -- kicks off the activities with a reception Sunday night at the historic Palace of Whitehall.
Alliance Chairman Neal Wade told the Press-Register that it became the hottest ticket in London after Alabama won the $600 million Airbus project. Wade, who used to be Alabama's top industrial recruiter, says the reception will draw suppliers who are expected to locate near the new plant in Mobile. Groups from Alabama and Mobile are also putting on a dinner at the Savoy Hotel.
Gov. Robert Bentley and U.S Rep. Jo Bonner are among those attending.

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- A severe thunderstorm ripped part of the roof off a school in northwest Alabama and downed trees and power lines.
The assistant school superintendent of Lauderdale County, Tim Tubbs, said the storm Friday tore down awnings and peeled off part of the roof on the elementary portion of Wilson School north of Florence. He said 10 classrooms, the library and the cafeteria sustained damage.
Officials with the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency told the TimesDaily ( ) that trees were blown down on the Natchez Trace Parkway and in Florence, downed power lines caused a brush fire in Florence, and the roof was ripped off a mobile home
The storm came one day after another severe thunderstorm hit Emerald Beach Marina in Killen, damaging the building and boats.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have until July 30 to decide whether to seek the death penalty for two inmates charged with kidnapping and killing an Ohio businessman in Mississippi after escaping from a prison work program in Louisiana.
Ricky Wedgeworth and Darian "Drake" Pierce are charged with kidnapping David Cupps in Vicksburg, Miss., after escaping from the Louisiana State Police compound in Baton Rouge in March 2011.
Investigators said Cupps, of Sunbury, Ohio, was attacked for his rental car. His body was dumped in Bessemer, Ala.
The suspects were arrested in Memphis, Tenn., and indicted in Jackson, Miss. They could face the death penalty for two counts -- kidnapping resulting in death and carjacking resulting and death. They're also charged with conspiracy and transporting a stolen vehicle. They've pleaded not guilty.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to be in Birmingham on July 18 to raise money for her husband's re-election campaign.
The first lady will appear at a private fundraising reception at the downtown Sheraton Hotel that starts at 3:30 p.m. Promotional material says tickets range for $200 for a single general admission ticket to $30,000 for a photo opportunity with the first lady and five preferred viewing tickets.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say they've busted an elaborate drug trafficking cell in Arizona that's linked to the deadly Sinaloa Cartel from Mexico.
Tempe police announced Friday that 20 people have been arrested and $2.4 million was found after a six-month investigation involving local and federal authorities. Police say they obtained 15 search warrants and seized an airplane, 14 weapons, 30 pounds of methamphetamine and 3 tons of marijuana.
Drug Enforcement Administration officials say the bust was part of "Operation Nayarit Stampede" aimed at attacking a drug trafficking organization that stretched across the Mexico border and into Arizona.
Officials say the operation sent drugs to New York, Alabama, California and throughout other parts of the country. The drugs were transported through hidden compartments in commercial tractor-trailers crossing the Mexican border.

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