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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama education officials plan to create a model policy so that all public school systems are ready to monitor student sex offenders in two years. State Superintendent Eric Mackey says that each local education authority can use it as their own policy by the 2020-2021 school year.
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Substitute teachers in Decatur City Schools have received a 10 percent to 13 percent pay raise, and school officials hope the increase will help attract substitute employees. Superintendent Michael Douglas says there's a shortage of substitute teachers statewide, and Decatur is suffering the same problem. Currently, he says the district is able to get substitutes about 70 percent of the time they are needed. Douglas says that number needs to be at about 90 percent.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - One of Alabama's newest police officers is the son of an officer who was shot to death while on duty more than a decade ago. WHNT-TV reports Cameron Freeman graduated from the police academy and joined the Huntsville Police Department on Friday. The day was the 11th anniversary of the shooting death of Freeman's father, Huntsville police officer Eric Freeman. The department released a photograph of members of Eric Freeman's old squad with Cameron Freeman and Eric Freeman's widow, Leslie.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two women say in a lawsuit that a Mississippi-based bank is unfairly charging overdraft fees. The Clarion Ledger reports Cryesha McDonald of Waynesboro and Chantal Lewis of Jackson sued Trustmark National Bank this month in federal court in Jackson. Lawyers representing the women seek approval for a class-action lawsuit representing all the bank's customers. The Jackson-based bank, with $13 billion in assets, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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