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Lawyer: Rosa Parks artifacts sold for $4.5M

DETROIT (AP) - A lawyer says the purchase price for hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is $4.5 million.

The sale was made to a foundation run by Howard G. Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

Howard Buffett confirmed the purchase Thursday but declined to disclose the price. Lawrence Pepper, a lawyer for Parks' heirs, told The Associated Press it was $4.5 million, with 12.5 percent going to an auction house.

Pepper says 20 percent of the balance goes to Parks' relatives. The rest will go to the Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in Detroit.

Parks became a pioneer in the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.


Supreme Court: Ala inmate can't sue over stabbing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court says an inmate can't sue correctional officers over a stabbing in the state prison in Bullock County.

The court unanimously ruled Friday that the four officers are immune from a prisoner lawsuit.

Thomas Donahey Jr. sued the officers two years ago after he was stabbed by another prisoner inside Bullock County Correctional Facility.

Donahey filed suit claiming the officers failed to protect him from the attack. He asked for $500,000 in damages from the officers.

The officers asked a judge in Montgomery to dismiss the case last year by claiming they were immune from lawsuits. The judge refused without explanation.

The officers appealed, and the Supreme Court told the judge to dismiss the case because the officers are immune from being sued.


2 people killed in crash on Alabama highway

PIEDMONT, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say two people have been killed in a one-vehicle highway crash near Piedmont.

State troopers say the wreck happened Thursday night on U.S. 278, about five miles east of Piedmont.

Killed the crash were 24-year-old Nikki Stancil of Piedmont; and 31-year-old Michael Barnwell of Anniston.

Authorities say their vehicle left the road and overturned around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

WBRC-TV reports that the crash remained under investigation on Friday.


Residents object to plans for mine along river

SUMITON, Ala. (AP) - Some residents at a public meeting carried signs of protest and voiced objections to plans for mining along the Black Warrior River in northwest Alabama.

WBRC-TV reports that dozens of people attended Thursday's meeting in Sumiton to discuss the future use of a mine along the river. Many people who opposed plans for a mining operation said they believe it would harm drinking water and hurt the environment.

It was the first public meeting before state officials decide whether to reissue a permit for Shepard Bend Mining Co. to use part of the river to dump waste.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management will eventually decide whether to permit the plan. Agency officials say they will look at comments it receives from the public -- including those from Thursday's meeting -- before deciding.


'Padlocks of love' show up on fence in Prattville

PRATVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The so-called "padlocks of love" which have appeared in other parts of the world are now showing up on a fence near downtown Prattville.

Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. said he believes the locks represent romantic gestures. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that most of the locks contain people's initials, a date stamp or a combination of those.

The Montgomery newspaper reports that Paris is the location most associated with the concept, where thousands of couples have latched locks to fencing at a pedestrian bridge. The keys to the locks are thrown into a nearby river in Paris as a symbol of lasting love.

The locks in Prattville are behind Carol Brooks Home and Holiday Shoppe. Store co-owner Stephen Brooks agreed with the notion that the locks are a display of love.


Ala school closes unsafe football stadium

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) - A north Alabama high school won't get to play football games at home this year after an inspection showed the stadium isn't safe.

Cullman County school superintendent Craig Ross says Fairview High School's stadium has structural damage to the bleachers, so the team can't play there this season.

The team found out about the problem Thursday on the eve of its season-opening game against Hanceville. The game will now be played at Cullman High School, where Fairview will play all its home games this year.

The county system had the stadium inspected after administrators reported the bleachers were in disrepair.

The superintendent tells The Cullman Times an engineer said he wouldn't put his own family in the stadium.

The county board may have to fund repairs.


No. 6 Auburn unlikely to overlook Arkansas

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Auburn Tigers are unlikely to dismiss a team coming off a lousy season.

The sixth-ranked Tigers open Saturday against an Arkansas squad that just happens to be in pretty much the same situation they were going into last season.

The Razorbacks went 3-9 and lost all eight Southeastern Conference games just like Auburn did two years ago. The Tigers produced a dramatic bounce-back that ended in the national championship game.

Auburn defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker says the Razorbacks are aiming for redemption.

Still, Auburn is a 20-1/2-point favorite in the game even with uncertainty about when quarterback Nick Marshall will play after a one-game demotion from his starting role for getting ticketed for marijuana possession. Sophomore Jeremy Johnson will start his first SEC game but Marshall will play.


'Bama opens vs West Virginia with QB questions

ATLANTA (AP) - Time to get some answers about Alabama's quarterback competition.

Florida State transfer Jake Coker and fifth-year senior Blake Sims have been vying for the top job throughout preseason practice and coach Nick Saban says they have been running neck-and-neck. The second-ranked Crimson Tide's opener against West Virginia at the Georgia Dome on Saturday is probably another audition for both.

Where exactly this leaves Alabama at the most important position on the field is anybody's guess.


TCU debuts sped-up offense against Samford

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - TCU coach Gary Patterson looks forward to seeing how the Horned Frogs' new sped-up offense does in a game.

That comes Saturday night in a home season opener against FCS playoff team Samford. The defensive-minded coach is also a bit guarded since the Bulldogs have eight returning defensive starters.

The Frogs also have a lot of returning starters on defense, but there are drastic changes on offense. There are new co-coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie, and a choice of Trevone Boykin or Texas A&M graduate transfer Matt Joeckel to be the starting quarterback. Patterson says both quarterbacks will play in the opener.

Samford is coached by former TCU coach Pat Sullivan, who isn't making the trip to Fort Worth because of complications from neck surgery in April.

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