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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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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 Arrested on Unrelated Charges After Arkansas Nightclub Shooting

A rapper whose concert in Little Rock became the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured was arrested early Sunday on unrelated charges, authorities said. (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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Bill Cosby Planning Motivational Speaking Tour on ‘the Dangers of Sex Crime Allegations’

Just days after a mistrial was declared in his sex assault trial, Bill Cosby is planning a motivational speaking tour — to warn young athletes and even “married men” about the dangers of sex crime allegations. (more…)

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Alabama Lawmakers Approve Protections for Confederate Monuments

Alabama lawmakers of Friday approved sweeping protections for Confederate monuments, names and other historic memorials, as some Southern cities rethink the appropriateness of keeping such emblems on public property. (more…)

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Former Alabama Southern Baptist Minister Who Was Charged In Stabbing Death of Wife Has Murder Charges Dropped, Can Have Passport Back

More than three years after being pulled out of line by Homeland Security at Nashville International Airport while waiting to board a flight to Germany and being told he was wanted for murder, former Southern Baptist minister Richard Shahan can have his passport back. (more…)

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Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry Attend Memorial Service for Victims of London Terror Attack at Westminster Abbey

Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry joined the victims of last month’s deadly terror attack in the British capital for a memorial service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, yards from the scene of the rampage. (more…)

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The Blind Boys of Alabama Are Still Reaping Blessings After Over 75 Years of Touring

Of the grade-school students who started singing together in 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind, only a couple are still alive. And just one of the founding members, Jimmy Carter, continues to tour with the Blind Boys of Alabama. (more…)

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Alabama Senate to Vote On Allowing Megachurch to Form its Own Police Force and Providing Legal Protections for Other Churches Who Use Gun-Carrying Members as Security Guards

You can call it a God Squad. An Alabama megachurch is seeking to establish its own police department — and a bill that would green light the force is already moving through the state senate. (more…)

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