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Immigrant detainees at the Etowah County Detention Center are at the center of a civil rights complaint over abuse and visitation rights.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds an average of 300 foreign detainees in Etowah County awaiting deportation. The advocacy group Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement says there's evidence of widespread abuse at Etowah. They filed a formal complaint earlier this month.

Christina Mansfield is a co-founder of CIVIC. She says she heard reports of abuse on her first visit to the facility in 2013.

An upcoming sales tax holiday is expected to offer Alabama shoppers savings on back-to-school supplies.

The Alabama Department of Revenue says Alabama's sales tax holiday — when state taxes are dropped from certain items — is scheduled for the weekend of August 7-9.

The holiday will exempt sales taxes from all clothing items priced at less than $100, computers and educational software worth less than $750, school supplies, books and more.

The Alabama Senate approved a measure to establish charter schools in the state in a 22 to 12 vote last night. That bill will now head to the House of Representatives.

The proposal allows the establishment of up to 10 brand new charter schools in the state each year, and allows school districts to convert an unlimited number of existing schools to charter status.

Republicans say charter schools provide education choices to families and encourage innovation. Opponents say they will drain resources from existing public schools.

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The Alabama Senate will debate a charter school bill favored by the Republican Party. the vote is expected to happen Tuesday afternoon.

The proposal allows the establishment of up to 10 "startup" charter schools in the state each year and unlimited conversions of existing schools to charter status.

Republicans say charters provide education choices to families and encourage innovation. Opponents say they would drain resources from existing public schools.

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Birmingham's minor league baseball team is returning to the city after an absence of two decades.

The Birmingham Barons play their first game Wednesday night at the new, 8,500-seat Regions Field in downtown Birmingham.

The team is moving back to the city after playing its home games at a city-owned stadium in metropolitan Hoover for 20 years.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell will throw out the first pitch, and city promoters are hoping the $64 million stadium will add to a revitalization of the inner city.

The game against the Mississippi Braves is a sellout.