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MOULTON, Ala. (AP) - A grand jury in Alabama will hear the case of a woman accused of fatally stabbing her husband with a sword. Authorities say 50-year-old Jeannette Hale stabbed her husband, Mark, in the chest while he played a guitar in their home on April 2. Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell tells that responding deputies found Mark Hale bleeding on their front porch. He later died of complications from being stabbed. Jeannette Hale is under arrest on charges involving domestic violence and drugs.

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - A man convicted of sending mail-bombs that killed a federal judge and a black civil rights lawyer has been executed by the state of Alabama. Eighty-three-year-old Walter Leroy Moody Jr. was the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. in modern times. Moody did not respond when asked if he had any last words before the lethal injection for killing federal appellate Judge Robert S. Vance.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Members of the Alabama State Board of Education chose Superintendent Association of Alabama Executive Director Eric Mackey after three hours of interviews with three finalists for the post Friday in Montgomery. Mackey beat out Hoover City Schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy and Jefferson County Superintendent Craig Pouncey. A fourth finalist former Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott dropped out of the running Friday morning.

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - The former chief of an Alabama police department has pleaded guilty to fraud and ethics charges. State Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Brian Allan Stilwell pleaded guilty Thursday to violation of ethics law and the fraudulent use of a credit card.

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