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Alabama plans to use a $1.2 million federal grant to expand a program aimed at getting the state’s unemployed back to work.

The Alabama Department of Labor announced the grant in a statement yesterday. Agency officials say money from the U.S. Department of Labor will expand a program that provides one-on-one counseling services to people receiving unemployment benefits.

        The state says 255 people killed on Alabama roadways last year weren't wearing seat belts.

        Crash reports from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency shows 511 people died in wrecks investigated by state troopers.

        Of those, 255 people weren't wearing seat belts. Troopers say 79 percent of the victims were in cars with seat belts but decided not to use them.

         Trooper spokesman Steve Jarrett says people are dying needlessly because they choose not to wear seat belts.

Officials at Auburn University say they've eliminated plastic foam food and drink containers on campus to promote environmental sustainability.

Auburn University's Senior Executive Chef Emil Topel tells private vendors on campus will now use paper materials to hold food and beverages.

Director of Campus Sustainability Michael Kensler says moving to paper products over plastic foam will cost the university $5,000 more per year. Kensler says the cost won't impact the cost of student meal plans.

A public memorial has been scheduled for next week to honor Tiger, the first golden eagle to fly free inside Auburn University's Jordan-Hare Stadium.

University officials said the memorial would be held Friday at 5 p.m. at Plainsman Park, with speakers including Athletics Director Jay Jacobs and Calvin Johnson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The free event will include a video tribute, a flight demonstration and educational program.

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A team of researchers at Auburn University are working on a potential treatment for viruses like Ebola.

The deadly virus has killed more than 900 people in Africa. Two American aid workers who caught the virus were recently flown back to the United States so they could receive treatment at a specialized hospital in Atlanta. / City of Tuscaloosa

The city of Tuscaloosa is joining Auburn in clamping down on ticket scalpers.

The Tuscaloosa City Council has approved a law that requires anyone involved with a ticket reselling business to get a license from City Hall.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the license will cost $100 for both resellers and runners who purchase tickets from other individuals.

The city has been regulating ticket scalpers since the 1970s.

The city of Auburn imposed a $155 license on ticket sellers earlier this month.

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A power outage left parts of the Auburn University campus in the dark before electrical service was restored.

   Many buildings on campus went dark around 1 p.m. Tuesday, but the lights were back on about 45 minutes later.

   University spokesman Mike Clardy says it's not clear what caused the problem.

   Employees were working in the dark at the football building during the outage, and students posted comments on social media about other buildings being without power.

A new estimate shows Auburn is among the fastest growing in the country.

   The estimate released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows Auburn was among the top 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of at least 50,000 people. reports ( ) the city had an estimated population growth rate of 3.71 percent during the one-year period starting July 1, 2011.

   Eight Texas cities made the ranking of 15 with San Marcos, located between San Antonio and Austin, topping the list with a 4.91 percent increase.

Auburn Toomer's Corner poisoning trial delayed

Jun 21, 2012
Toomer's Corner in Auburn Alabama
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A judge is delaying the trial of an Alabama fan accused of poisoning Auburn's cherished Toomer's Corner oak trees.

Defense attorneys for Harvey Updyke have asked the judge to move the trial to a different location. Judge Jacob Walker said Thursday that he would set a hearing date to consider the request.