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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Birmingham.

Friday
Oct242014

Intern Dies at Nucor Steel Plant in Tuscaloosa

(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- A 27-year-old man is dead following an incident at Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa on Thursday.

According to a statement from the company, Korey Ryan -- a student of Shelton State Community College, who was interning at Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa -- died at the plate steel mill facility.

No immediate details were released about what led to Ryan's death, however, the company said it's working with state and local agencies to determine the cause.


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Friday
Oct242014

Gov. Bentley Releases Plan to Improve Aid for Veterans

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Gov. Robert Bentley released a new plan on Friday that will provide aid and services statewide to military veterans.

The Alabama Veterans Network Commission's Long-Range Plan would create a unified and statewide system for delivering services to veterans. The plan aims to address problems including behavioral health, employment, education, homelessness, legal assistance and family services among veterans.

In December 2013, Bentley created the Alabama Veterans Network Commission to "address ways to better provide services for Alabama service members, veterans and their families."

"Alabama is a strong pro-military state, and it is important to help our military members whenever we can," Bentley said in a statement.

 
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Friday
Oct242014

Woman Escapes Attempted Abduction in Tuscaloosa

(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- A woman suffered minor injuries Wednesday night after she managed to escape from an attempted abduction in Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa Police said a 21-year-old woman was walking on the 1800 block of 10th Avenue around 8:35 p.m. Wednesday when a man in a dark-colored SUV approached her.

"The suspect forcibly grabbed the victim by the arms and attempted to force her into his vehicle. The victim fought the suspect and nearby witnesses began yelling at the subject," Tuscaloosa Police said in a statement.

The victim was then able to break free and escape, while the suspect fled the scene and remains at-large.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Postal Clerk Admits to Stealing Painkillers from Mail, Burglarizing Post Office 

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- A former Tuscaloosa U.S. Postal Service clerk pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing prescription painkillers from the mail and breaking into a post office.

Nicholas Steven Davis, 42, admitted to taking a medical package with 180 tablets of hydrocodone in July 2012 while he worked as a distribution clerk at the Skyland Post Office. Officials said the parcel was addressed to an individual in Coker, Alabama.

Davis also pleaded guilty to breaking into his former workplace in June 2014, after he was fired.

He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Birmingham Homeowner Opens Fire on Burglar

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- A burglar was reportedly greeted by gunfire after trying to rob a Birmingham homeowner on Thursday morning.

Police said in published reports that a homeowner on 61st Street shot a suspect who was breaking into their home. Still, the suspect managed to flee the scene.

The search continues for the alleged burglar.


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