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A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.More >>
Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children,...More >>
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Some of the trucks in a Russian aid convoy that entered Ukraine in a move denounced by Kiev as an invasion are returning to Russia.More >>
Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting.More >>
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Anita LaFay Washington (Source: Millbrook Police Department)
The Millbrook Police Department has made an arrest for the murder of 49-year-old Anita L. Washington. After conducting an investigation, Police arrested 27-year-old Sedrick Clayton in connection withMore >>
The Millbrook Police Department has made an arrest for the murder of 49-year-old Anita L. Washington. After conducting an investigation, Police arrested 27-year-old Sedrick Clayton in connection with the murder. Clayton is the victim's son.More >>
A Birmingham lawmaker expects Jefferson County to do more to pick up trash.
Around 100 people turned out for a cleanup in Forestdale last weekend. State Rep. Juandalynn Givan said litter is not only a problem for this community, but all of Jefferson County.
"It is ridiculous. Again it looks like a catastrophic situation where a bomb has dropped. Two years and it's inexcusable," Givan said.
On Tuesday, Givan confronted Jefferson County Commissioners asking them to do more to clean up neighborhoods.
"The county is going to have to do something. We are beyond the excuses of the bankruptcy. Services must go out to the people," Givan said.
The Jefferson County Commission President David Carrington said the county is still struggling with the loss of the occupational tax and state lawmakers have done nothing to help replace it.
"We've had to cut $100 million out of the general fund budget. We have to prioritize and we put money into public safety and roads and transportation," Carrington said.
Commissioner Sandra Little Brown oversees roads and transportation. Brown said because of the money shortage, the county can not hire laborers to pick up trash.
"We don't have the funds. We don't have the resources to put additional people out there. So what we are asking for the community to be more prideful of where they live," Brown said.
Most county officials believe community involvement is the best solution since the county continues to face a money shortage.
Many out in the communities are asking why inmates in the county jail can't pick up the trash.
"We have been working for over a year. There are not enough county-sentenced prisoners to get that job done," Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens said.
Stephens said most of the inmates are state prisoners awaiting transfers to state correctional facilities. The commissioner said talks are underway with judges and the District Attorney's office to see if those inmates can be used in the future.