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(RNN) - Tornadoes have touched down in Oklahoma and Kansas, leaving a trail of damage.There are no reports of fatalities or injuries, but homes and businesses are damaged in Witchita, KS and outside ofMore >>
A tornado outbreak in the midwest has caused damage to homes and businesses and one death has been reported in Oklahoma. More >>
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The Alabama Department of Transportation will conduct its annual rehearsal of the plan that helped safely evacuate the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Dennis in 2005. On Wednesday,More >>
The Alabama Department of Transportation will conduct its annual rehearsal of the plan that helped safely evacuate the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Dennis in 2005. More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >>
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Spring cleaning doesn't get much easier than during Trash Amnesty Week, set aside each spring by the City of Auburn. During the week of May 20-24, 2013, the fees normally assessed to Auburn residentsMore >>
Spring cleaning doesn't get much easier than during Trash Amnesty Week, set aside each spring by the City of Auburn.More >>
But the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes in Alabama and nationwide, says those numbers don't tell the real story.
"The unfortunate reality is these numbers only give us some kind of indication of what's going on," the SPLC's Mark Potok says. "The state-by-state comparisons are fairly useless. What they really tell you is how good a job each state does in reporting hate crimes as opposed to what's really on the ground."
Potok says the actual number for Alabama is probably more like 2,000, and nationally it's more like 200,000.
In fact, the FBI report says the law enforcement agencies who gave them numbers only cover about half the state's population, leaving a big gap in knowledge.
So do the state's hate crime laws need updating? Rep. Paul DeMarco says no.
"The prosecutors we've talked to said they have the tools in the box when it comes to assault and battery, murder and all those," Rep. DeMarco said. "So when you talk to prosecutors, they say for crimes, they've got the tools in the box and its up to prosecutors to decide what to prosecute that person with."
There are a couple of national trends buried in this report: a significant drop in hate crimes against Latinos, and for the second year in a row, a sharp increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes.