International Quality of Life Awards

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Auburn University will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Quality of Life Awards on Dec. 3 at the United Nations in New York by honoring legendary musical artist Lionel Richie and pioneering broadcast journalist and women’s advocate Judy Woodruff. Auburn’s College of Human Sciences launched the International Quality of Life Awards in 1994 to recognize people and partnerships representing all sectors of society that have made significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world. Richie also is known for his work to support causes related to breast cancer research, HIV/AIDS, human rights, famine and poverty, and is a generous supporter of the United Negro College Fund. Judy Woodruff, the 2018 IQLA Laureate, is the anchor and managing editor of the “PBS NewsHour.” An award-winning journalist and trailblazer for women in broadcast news, Woodruff began her career in 1970 as a reporter for CBS-affiliate WAGA-TV in Atlanta.


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Alabama health officials say they’ve identified an Auburn University student with a case of pulmonary tuberculosis.

The state Department of Public Health says they notified the school this week of plans to investigate and ensure that students and employees will be screened quickly to see if they were infected.

On Wednesday, the state and university began identifying students enrolled in classes, as well as faculty and staff, who might have been in close contact with the student. Symptoms can include chest pain, chronic coughing, coughing with blood, chills, fever and loss of appetite. Testing will begin Thursday 5/17.

Macon Co. Schools Reopen

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The Macon County School System says it will have regularly scheduled classes today, a day after a ‘credible threat’ forced every public school and a private school to close.  Sheriff Andre Brunson received a call yesterday morning from Watch Center, an agency that monitors social media for threatening posts. That agency found a post that was deemed “credible and severe”. Brunson and Macon County Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks said the decision to close schools was a no-brainer and added that school would not resume until they were sure the threat is no longer imminent and the person responsible is in custody. Despite reopening this morning, it’s unclear if an arrest has been made.

Auburn University Accused of Racial Discrimination

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— A second Auburn University employee has sued the school for racial discrimination in a month.

The employee is Cameron Boozer, who has been a supervisor in the Campus Safety and Security Department since 2008. He filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that his boss and acting director, Chance Corbett, who is white, passed Boozer up for a promotion in favor of a white candidate with less experience. Boozer says he never had any disciplinary actions against him and his performance evaluations were outstanding.

Boozer is represented by attorney Julian McPhillips, who is also representing a female employee in the Campus Safety and Security Department who sued for racial discrimination in early April. Auburn University has declined to comment on the pending litigation.

Second New Auburn High School Planned

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The Auburn City School Board of Education viewed an updated draft of the  2028 master plan during a work session Tuesday morning, including details on a second Auburn high school. The 2028 master plan addressed the needs of schools already in the system, as well as a future second high school and an additional elementary school. Auburn high school number two is anticipated to open in 2024, The high school could have a 2,200 student capacity. It will sit on a 272-acre property along Richland Road purchased in July 2016. The 2028 master plan is expected to be presented to the board at its next meeting, May 8th.

Former Green Bay Packers Player Shot to Death Near Birmingham

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PINSON, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a former Green Bay Packers player has been found shot to death in his home.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office says former Packers defensive lineman Carlos Gray was found shortly before 10 p.m. last night near Birmingham. The 25-year-old is a native of Pinson, Alabama. reports that sheriff’s deputies and Center Point Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the house after a friend found Gray wounded and unresponsive.
Gray played at North Carolina State University and signed with the Packers as a free agent in 2014.
Gray was released from the Packers in 2015 and returned home to Alabama. He was the father of two young children.

Roy Moore Says he Won’t Run for Office Again

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— Failed Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama says he doesn’t plan to run for office again, adding he has filed a new lawsuit over allegations of sexual misconduct that helped derail his 2017 campaign. Moore said Monday that he has no plans to run for any office again, including governor.

But the Republican says he’s filed a complaint over allegations over last year’s special Senate election against Democrat Doug Jones. He says the defamation suit names 4 women, one man and 19 unnamed defendants. Moore says he’s the innocent victim of a political conspiracy.

Auburn High School Teacher Finalist for Teacher of the Year

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Auburn High School AP history teacher Blake Busbin is one of four candidates remaining for Alabama Teacher of the Year. Busbin, who has been a teacher at Auburn High School since 2007 will now interview with the Alabama State Department of Education as the next step in the selection process. Busbin says he sees the teacher of the year nomination not so much as a compliment to himself as it is a reflection on the work he and his students have done together over the years. The overall winner will be announced at a banquet in Montgomery on May 9th.

Two Opelika City Schools Teachers Seriously Injured

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 …Tuesday after they were pinned under a vehicle in Washington, D.C. but are expected to recover, OCS spokeswoman Becky Brown said “Both individuals who worked at Opelika City Schools were taken to the hospital by ambulance, and were evaluated by the medical staff “. Both teachers, were pinned underneath the car.  Several bystanders helped lift the car from the 2 teachers. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Wash. D.C. metro police responded to a motor vehicle accident on 9th Street,  “One vehicle overshot his turn and actually crashed into the second vehicle, which was pushed up on the sidewalk. It struck four pedestrians on the sidewalk. Those four adult pedestrians were transported to local hospitals with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries”. The injured teachers are instructional coaches who were two of ten OCS employees attending a National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics conference. The teachers were walking back to the conference site after a lunch break when the accident occurred, Brown said. School employees are hopeful one of the injured teachers will return this week, and the other, early next week.

OPD Makes Arrest After Series of Robberies

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A 31-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a series of armed robberies. Jairus T. Davis was arrested last Wednesday by the Opelika Police Department following an attempted first-degree armed robbery in Auburn. Davis has been charged with four counts of first-degree robbery in connection to the robberies of business in Opelika. On April 13th, the Opelika Police Department released a statement asking for the public’s assistance in its search of an armed and dangerous robbery suspect. Police believe Davis is the robber they were searching for. The investigation remains ongoing by the OPD.