REWRITING THE CONSTITUTION
Supreme Court split on rewriting Ala. Constitution
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court is divided over whether the state Legislature is acting legally by rewriting the state Constitution a few portions at a time.
Chief Justice Roy Moore and Justice Tom Parker have issued advisory opinions saying the article-by-article approach is not allowed by the Constitution. Moore says the Legislature is having an in-house constitutional convention rather than a constitutional convention of Alabama citizens. The other seven justices declined to weigh in on the issue.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says the advisory opinions have thrown cold water on the process, but he's hopeful of moving ahead with the revision of some articles before the legislative session ends next month.
POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING
Alexander City man fatally shot by police
ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) - Alexander City Police and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation are probing a fatal police-involved shooting.
Authorities say an officer was responding to a fight outside a Huddle House restaurant early Saturday morning and one of the men who were involved got in his vehicle and tried fleeing the scene. Police say the man drove toward an officer, who fired his weapon.
The man was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead. His name hasn't been released.
Coroner: Ala. couple killed in murder-suicide pact
ASHFORD, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in Houston County say a murder-suicide involving an elderly couple appears to have been prearranged.
Officials from the Houston County coroner's and sheriff's offices told the Dothan Eagle that evidence uncovered during a preliminary investigation suggests that 91-year-old Laurence Dantzer agreed to assist in the death of his 88-year-old wife Phyllis Dantzer before taking his own life.
The two were found fatally shot in their single-story home in the Lovetown neighborhood early Saturday morning.
South Alabama edges Texas-Arlington 78-73
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Antoine Allen scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers, to lift South Alabama to a 78-73 victory over Texas-Arlington on Saturday night.
Tied at 54 late in the second half, South Alabama (11-20, 5-13 Sun Belt Conference) grabbed the lead with a 16-4 run capped by a Mychal Ammons dunk that made it 70-58 with 3:35 to go, holding off the Mavericks down the stretch.
Augustine Rubit contributed 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Ammons and Ken Williams had 13 points apiece for the Jaguars, who shot just 39 percent from the field in avenging their Jan. 25 loss to Texas-Arlington (14-16, 9-9).
Brandon Edwards led Texas-Arlington with 18 points, including a perfect 11 for 11 from the free throw line. Jamel Outler had 13 points, Reger Dowell 11 and Anthony Walker 10 for the Mavericks.
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