— Good Friday morning to you. Here’s your morning update of what’s happening in Limestone County and beyond.
Today, sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. Tonight, clear, with a low around 67. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
AROUND THE COUNTY
• No events today, but the Limestone Republican Women will participate in a flag retirement ceremony and barbecue from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Public invited.
TOP FIVE HEADLINES
Alabama governor signs both budgets
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed two state budgets into law.
Bentley said Thursday he didn't like everything the Legislature put into the education and General Fund budgets, but there were more positives than negatives.
Bentley said he waited to sign the budgets until the Legislature passed a bill that moved part of state use tax money from education purposes to the General Fund budget.
The governor said the use tax bill was needed to provide the income to make the budget work.
Nine state residents added to War on Terror memorial
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Specialist Nicholas Hensley of Prattville has his name on a memorial for Alabama's fallen heroes from the War on Terror.
Hensley, 28, was one of nine soldiers added Thursday to the memorial at the Alabama Capitol. It recognizes the 133 soldiers from Alabama who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The names added include Air Force Maj. Jeffrey Ausborn of Hokes Bluff; Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Barfield of Ashford; Army Sgt. Christopher Bell of Red Bay; Marine Staff Sgt. Stacy Green of Alexander City.
It also includes Army Spc. Nicholas Hensley of Prattville; Army Staff Sgt. Michael Hosey of Trussvillle; Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Lancaster of Millbrook; Alabama Army National Guard Capt. Waid Ramsey of Red Bay; and Marine Cpl. Joseph Whitehead of Axis.
Selma principal arrested on drug charges
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Dallas County elementary school principal on drug charges.
Authorities say Aaron McKinley was taken into custody Thursday and charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute drugs after he was seen selling Hydrocodone and Oxycodone to people while on school property. McKinley has been taken to jail in Mobile.
Selma Police Chief William T. Riley said more charges will be filed in the case.
The district did not immediately comment on the arrest.
It was not immediately clear whether McKinley has an attorney.
Private supply ship flies by space station in test
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's first private supply ship flew tantalizingly close to the International Space Station on Thursday, acing a critical test in advance of the actual docking.
The unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule flew within 1½ miles of the orbiting lab as it performed a practice lap and checkout of its communication and navigation systems.
Officials at NASA and the SpaceX company declared the rendezvous a success and said the historic linkup is on track for Friday.
It is the first U.S. vessel to visit the space station since NASA's shuttles retired last summer — and the first private spacecraft to ever attempt a delivery. The Dragon is carrying 1,000 pounds of provisions.
Alleged sex predator back in Ala. after 14 years
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An indicted sexual predator is back in Alabama after 14 years at large to face charges that he abused children for a decade in the 1980s and 1990s.
Authorities say 79-year-old Giusseppe Pino LoPorto was arrested in Italy after being on the lam since escaping custody in 1998. He was indicted in 1996 in Baldwin County for the sexual abuse, sodomy and rape of a child. His crimes occurred between 1985 and 1995.
LoPorto fled shortly before his trial was scheduled to begin. He was featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" in 2002.
Police say roving cows drank Mass. backyard brews
BOXFORD, Mass. (AP) — Police say a roving group of cows crashed a small gathering in a Massachusetts town and bullied the guests for their beer.
Boxford police Lt. James Riter says he was responding to a call for loose cows on Sunday and spotted them in a front yard.
Riter says the herd high-tailed it for the backyard and then he heard screaming. He says when he ran back there he saw the cows had chased off some young adults and were drinking their beers.
Riter says the cows had knocked the beer cans over on a table and were lapping up what spilled. He says they even started rooting around the recycled cans for some extra drops.
Riter says the cows' owner and some friends herded the cows back home.
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE DAY
While you’re spending time with the family this weekend, don’t forget why we celebrate Memorial Day.