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LISTEN: Parishioner Shoots Man Who Attempted to Rob Him at Church (UCNN 07/20/17)

https://soundcloud.com/danielwhyteiii/parishioner-shoots-man-who-attempted-to-rob-him-at-church-ucnn-072017 1. CP - A 26-year-old man who allegedly attempted to rob $50 from a parishioner at an Alabama church Sunday night was shot dead by a church employee. “We have a sincere love for God and for every individual, as indicated by our motto ‘Church With A HEART,'” the Crossroads

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Here We Go: Samford University Will Not Accept $3M in Funding From Baptist Convention After Disagreement Over Homosexual Student Group

Samford University, a top-ranked private Christian University in Birmingham, Alabama, announced Friday that it will not accept an expected annual $3 million funding allocation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention starting Jan. 1, 2018, after a tense exchange over an LGBT student group. (more…)

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WATCH: Oldest Black Church In Jefferson County, Alabama Celebrates 160 Years

The oldest African-American church in Jefferson County is celebrating its 160th year. Mt. Joy Baptist Church was recently recognized by lawmakers in a resolution signed by Governor Kay Ivey. It is one of a handful of churches in Alabama founded by slaves that continue to operate as a pillar in

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Rapper Who Performed at Little Rock Club Jailed on Unrelated Charges in Alabama

A rapper whose concert in Little Rock was the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured has been arrested on unrelated assault charges outside an Alabama club where he was performing just 24 hours later, and authorities said several firearms were recovered during the arrest. (more…)

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Rapper Held on Aggravated Assault Charges After Shooting at Little Rock Nightclub Shooting

A rapper whose concert in Little Rock was the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured was arrested early Sunday on unrelated assault charges while outside an Alabama club where he was performing just 24 hours later, and authorities said several firearms were recovered during the arrest. (more…)

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Birmingham’s Oldest Black Churches Face Struggle of Adapting to Changes in Surrounding Communities After 100+ Years of Ministry

Many of metro Birmingham’s oldest black congregations stay together partly because of theology, sociology, and genealogy, said retired Auburn University History Department Chairman Wayne Flynt. To last for decades, and sometimes longer than a century, however, the ability to “negotiate change” is more important than doctrine, community, and family. (more…)

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California Bans State Employee Travel to Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky Over Anti-LGBT Rights Laws

California's attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year. (more…)

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

California is Now Banning State Officials from Traveling to 8 States that Allow Adoption Agencies to Refuse Adoptions to Homosexuals

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed controversial legislation into law that allows child welfare providers — including faith-based adoption agencies — to refuse adoptions to hopeful parents based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.” (more…)

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Northern U.S. Gulf Coast at Risk of Flooding as Tropical Storm Cindy Forms

A tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico may dump more than 10 inches of rain over portions of the northern U.S. Gulf Coast through Friday of this week raising the specter of significant flooding in the hardest-hit areas. (more…)

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