More rain headed to soggy Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is soggy after a day of heavy rain, and forecasters say more precipitation is on the way.
Rains with a few thunderstorms are predicted for Monday in central Alabama, where some areas have received more than 5 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.
The heaviest rains were in central Alabama. Marengo County received 5.7 inches of rain Sunday, and Calera got 5.5 inches. Bibb County received 4.38 inches of rain.
Forecasters say rain chances are diminishing in southern counties, but showers will continue to the north.
The weather service says there's a chance of sleet and freezing rain in the western Tennessee Valley overnight, but no accumulation is expected.
Ala. man charged in Miss. with shooting dolphin
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - An initial appearance is scheduled Tuesday in Mississippi for a commercial fisherman from Alabama charged with shooting a dolphin with a shotgun.
Brent Buchanan of Bayou La Batre, Ala., was charged Dec. 5 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., with one count of illegally taking a marine mammal in federal waters. Taking can mean harassing, hunting, capturing or killing.
He was charged in a bill of criminal information, a charge that generally means a defendant has agreed to waive indictment and plead guilty.
The court record says he shot the dolphin in the Mississippi Sound from his boat, the F/V Seaweed 2000, in July or August 2012.
The court website did not list an attorney.
TIGER ESCAPES ENCLOSURE
Tiger escapes from its enclosure at Montgomery Zoo
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A tiger escaped from its enclosure and into another animal's pen at the Montgomery Zoo, prompting a lockdown of the facility.
WSFA-TV reports that a street near the zoo was temporarily blocked during the lockdown. Montgomery police also responded to the situation.
Deputy Zoo Director Marcia Woodard says zoo workers were able to secure the cat and get it back into its enclosure safely. Authorities say no animals were hurt.
Few other details were available early Monday.
Bentley to honor fallen veterans in ceremony
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to take part in a ceremony paying tribute to fallen soldiers and those on active duty.
Bentley and state Department of Veterans Affairs officials are participating in the 2013 Wreaths Across America statehouse ceremony 10:30 Monday morning.
Bentley's representatives say a wreath will be taken from the capitol building's auditorium to the Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall in the Old Supreme Court Chamber on the first floor.
The ceremonies are held at capitol buildings in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The capitol building ceremonies lead up to Wreaths Across America day Dec. 14, where more than 400,000 wreaths will be placed on the gravesites of fallen veterans.
BBVA COMPASS BOWL
Vanderbilt to play Houston in BBVA Compass Bowl
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Houston will face Vanderbilt in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4 at Legion Field.
The bowl game announced the matchup Sunday. Vanderbilt is playing in its third straight bowl game for the first time, all under coach James Franklin.
Houston, which plays in the American Athletic Conference, is 8-4 and is making its eighth postseason trip in the past 11 seasons. Vandy is also 8-4 and beat Georgia, Florida and Tennessee for the first time in the same season.
The Cougars are 9-11-1 in bowls, including a 30-14 win over No. 22 Penn State in the 2012 Ticket City Bowl to cap coach Tony Levine's first season.
Levine says "facing a formidable opponent from the SEC is a great challenge and one that our program is looking forward to."
Sugar Bowl matches No. 3 Alabama, No. 11 Oklahoma
In a rare meeting between two of the nation's most storied programs, No. 3 Alabama and No. 11 Oklahoma will face off Jan. 2 in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans.
This will mark only the fifth time Alabama (11-1) and Oklahoma (10-2) have played each other. Oklahoma leads the series 2-1-1 and beat Alabama 20-13 when they last met in 2003.
Alabama was ranked No. 1 all season and seemed headed toward a shot at a third straight national title before falling 34-28 to No. 2 Auburn, which was ranked fourth at the time. Oklahoma boosted its chances of a BCS at-large berth Saturday with a 33-24 victory over Oklahoma State, which fell from No. 6 to No. 13 after the loss.
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