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Eric Parker
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Jurors will continue deliberating this morning in the civil rights trial of former Madison police officer Eric Parker.

Parker’s defense rested its case yesterday afternoon after the officer testified in his own defense.

Parker said he had been called out to investigate reports of a suspicious person. He said he was aware of the language barrier between himself and Indian grandfather Sureshbhai Patel, but it was still his responsibility to investigate.

House Committee approves tax hikes, NASA Smartwatch App

Sep 9, 2015

An Alabama budget committee has approved a cigarette tax increase and other revenue bills as lawmakers try to fill a budget shortfall.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 8-6 for a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase. The increase would raise $66 million annually.

The committee also voted for bills to raise the car rental tax from 1.5 to 2 percent, increase the car title fee from $15 to $28, and adjusts the business privilege tax so smaller businesses pay less and larger ones pay more.

Office of the Governor

Alabama's secretary of law enforcement has prepared a plan for preventing and responding to active shooters.

Secretary Spencer Collier says law enforcement can't predict when a person intends to kill several people, but they can be trained and prepared to decrease a potential shooter's chances of executing the crime.