MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Signs will soon point visitors to The Shoals region toward the musical landmarks that made the area famous. Judy Sizemore, director of Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, said there are plans to place at least 10 signs in Muscle Shoals and others throughout the area. The TimesDaily reports that the sites focus on the region's music recording history, including the story of the FAME and the Muscle Shoals Sound recording studios. The signs are part of a larger project, The Roots of American Music Trail, and will feature the trail logo and a directional arrow.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida are co-champions in NCAA women's gymnastics. The defending champion Gators and first-time winners Oklahoma shared the title with scores of 198.175 in the Super Six on Saturday night. It's the first time the sport has had co-champions. There is no tiebreaker. That left both teams celebrating on the podium. Florida finished with a pair of 9.95s on the floor exercise and Oklahoma also had two on the vault.
There was plenty of crimson, white, blue, and gold throughout Miami during the weekend before the BCS College Football Championship game. That includes the inner city neighborhood of Overtown, where botanical flowers in the team colors of Alabama and Notre Dame were planted in an urban garden built by fans of both schools. “I think someone at Alabama ‘Googled’ black Miami, and I’ve written about black Miami, ” said Dr. Marvin Dunn, head of Roots in The City, which helped coordinate the volunteer community service effort.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson is leading his third annual charity bicycle ride. The "Bo Bikes Bama" event is being held Saturday with Auburn as the starting point. That's where the Alabama native played football and baseball for the Tigers before going on to the NFL and major league baseball. Riders pay to participate and can choose either a 22-mile or 62-mile ride. Both routes go through the Auburn University campus. Celebrity riders including former pro baseball player Ken Griffey Jr., Olympic skier Picabo Street and the NFL's Donald Driver are set to participate.
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — University of North Alabama police say a student faces a charge of making a terroristic threat after he turned himself in to authorities. University Police Chief Robert Pastula said 22-year-old Brian Mitchell of Madison is accused of posting a threatening message Tuesday morning on the social media site "Yik Yak." Pastula said Mitchell posted that he was going to "Shoot up UNA." Police say another student spotted the post and brought it to the attention of Pastula, who then placed the university on high alert as a precaution.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A narrow majority of Alabama legislators have accepted an automatic pay increase that they were eligible to receive this spring. Sixty-six of the state's 104 sitting representatives accepted the raise, while 38 declined it, according to numbers provided by the clerk of the House of Representatives. Twenty-one of the 35 senators also declined the raise, according to Alabama Senate data. The other 14 senators will receive the pay increase. Legislators get an annual raise in their monthly expense allowance to reflect any increase in the federal consumer price index.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — It's football season in Alabama, at least for a day. Both Auburn and Alabama are holding their A-Day spring scrimmages Saturday. Alabama plays at 1 p.m., followed by Auburn at 2 p.m. Thousands of fans are expected at both Jordan-Hare Stadium and Bryant-Denny Stadium. While Auburn is charging $5 for non-students, admission is free at the Alabama scrimmage. In Auburn, tailbacks Corey Grant, Cameron Artis-Payne and redshirt freshman Peyton Barber are hoping to shine.
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Officials at the Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan are telling people not to get excited if they see a lot of law enforcement and emergency vehicles around the plant next week. It's only a drill. Farley official Cheryl Gayheart says the nuclear power plant will be conducting a hostile action exercise Wednesday afternoon along with federal, state and local emergency officials. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires nuclear power plants to conduct the exercises at least once every eight years.