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UA, city officials focus on counterfeit tickets

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Officials from the University of Alabama and the City of Tuscaloosa say they're planning to crack down on football ticket counterfeiters this season.

The Tuscaloosa News reports city council recently amended Tuscaloosa's municipal code to require all members of a ticket reselling business to buy $100 business licenses to legally operate. The amendment was focused on runners who buy tickets before sports events and return them to licensed resellers.

Assistant director for tickets Chris Besanceney says spectators can check the authenticity of their tickets Monday through Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum during business hours before game day.

Besanceney says fans should check their tickets for a holographic foil carrying the university's logo. He says blurred printing is also a sign of a potentially counterfeit ticket.


Ala. reacts to possible arrival of immigrant kids

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama residents have split opinions on whether immigrant children crossing into the United States should be housed at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency notified Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's office this week that Maxwell is under consideration for housing the influx of immigrant minors arriving in the country.

Cornelia Simmons told WAKA-TV that she does not mind the proposal. She said there are worse things tax money gets spent on than dealing with the unaccompanied immigrant children who have come to the United States. Drena Cheese said that everyone needs somewhere to stay.

Jeremy Ingram said the immigrants should not have broken the law to come here. He said the government should focus on helping people who are legally in the country.


ABCO closing Florence factory next year

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Office furniture maker ABCO will close its plant in Florence next year, resulting in the loss of up to 200 jobs.

WAAY-TV reports the plant's production will shift to factories in Middlebury, Indiana, and Spring Lake, Michigan. ABCO is owned by parent company Izzy+.

The president of Izzy+, Kevin Kuske, said he regrets the impact the decision will have on Florence. He said the company will help its workers find new jobs.

The firm plans to sell the plant when the consolidation is finished.


William Zalatoris wins US Junior Amateur

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) - William Zalatoris won the U.S. Junior Amateur on Saturday, beating Davis Riley 5 and 3 in the 36-hole final at The Club at Carlton Woods.

The 17-year-old Zalatoris, from Plano, holed out from 119 yards for eagle on the 32nd hole - the par-4 14th on the Nicklaus Course - to take a 4-up lead and ended the match with a par win on the 33rd hole.

The 17-year-old Riley, from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, finished second for the second straight year. Last year, he fell 3 and 2 to Scottie Scheffler at Martis Camp in Truckee, California.

Zalatoris, a rising Wake Forest freshman, was making his record-tying fifth appearance in the event.

Riley is set to play at Alabama.

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