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TOP STORIES

BLAST FROM THE PAST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A rocket engine meant to power the first U.S. lunar mission out of Earth's orbit more than 40 years ago is again rumbling across the Southern landscape. The engine, dubbed No. F-6049 by NASA engineers, was supposed to help propel Apollo 11 into orbit in 1969, when NASA sent Neil Armstrong and two other astronauts to the moon for the first time. The flight went off without a hitch, but only after the engine was grounded because of a glitch during a test in Mississippi. Pulled from storage at the Smithsonian Institution, that same bell-shaped motor is now being used for testing by young engineers who weren't even born when Armstrong took his one small step more than four decades ago. By Jay Reeves.

AP Photos.

SCHOOL SAFETY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama schools superintendent Tommy Bice says the state's schools have a comprehensive school safety plan which he feels good about. By Bob Johnson.

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ABANDONED PIGS

ASHFORD, Ala. — Big Girl and Petunia grew up on some land just off U.S. 84 near Ashford. Now, several months on their own, they wander through the yards of local residents searching for food.

Calvin Blair and his wife feed the two pot bellied pigs, who were left behind by his former neighbors. But Blair said the pigs, who are also blind, have been left to fend for themselves, destroying whatever is in their path as they search for food. He said the pigs have been an ongoing issue for several months.

By Matt Elofson. The Dothan Eagle.

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ALSO

—PASTOR'S WIFE SLAIN— The United Methodist church is deciding what to do about a minister accused of killing his wife and trying to kill their 18-year-old daughter.

—ALABAMA STATE PRESIDENT— Officials say Alabama State University trustee Kathy Sawyer has resigned from the institution's board.

—ALABAMA WINTER WEATHER— Forecasters say north Alabama could be in for another round of wintry weather.

—HINTON MITCHEM-FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS— Funeral arrangements are set for a long-serving member of the Alabama Legislature, former state Sen. Hinton Mitchem of Union Grove.

SPORTS

FBC--SENIOR BOWL-ROBINSON

MOBILE, Ala. — Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is trying to follow in the footsteps of Antwaan Randle El, who converted to wide receiver before the Senior Bowl on his way to a long NFL career catching passes. Robinson certainly has the speed and quickness. By John Zenor.

AP Photos.

IMPORTANT:

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A reminder to check your "f'' queue for Alabama business news.

Entertainment copy is now moving with an "e'' category code.

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