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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and civil rights groups are defending a key section of the landmark voting rights law at the Supreme Court by pointing reformed state, county and local governments to an escape hatch from the law’s strictest provision.

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MOORE, Okla. — The principal’s voice came on over the intercom at Plaza Towers Elementary School: A severe storm was approaching and students were to go to the cafeteria and wait for their parents to pick them up.

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MONTGOMERY — Franklin County Schools Superintendent Gary Williams said Tuesday he hopes to have a volunteer security force at each school by the start of the next academic year, but that will depend on the number of people who want to participate and the necessary training.

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ATLANTA — Evan Gattis hit a two-out, pinch-hit homer in the ninth to send the game to extra innings and Freddie Freeman won it in the 10th, sending the Atlanta Braves to their fifth straight win, 5-4 over the slumping Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

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FLORENCE — In-store video surveillance and a police canine unit led authorities to the arrest of two people within 15 minutes of a convenience store robbery Tuesday morning, and a third was arrested later in the day.

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MONTGOMERY — Shortly after the Legislature’s 2013 session ended, the public address system in the Senate began playing a recording of Otis Redding singing the bluesy lyric, “They call me Mr. Pitiful.”

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SHEFFIELD — A nationally recognized logo will help the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau promote a new Jameson Inn, a 200-room property formerly known as Emerald River Hotel.

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It does not take a rocket scientist to know a flat tax system would save a lot of unnecessary paperwork, time and money. There would be no deadline to beat or end-of-year filing because a flat tax would come out of your paycheck, each time, accurately, no refunds or paybacks.

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FLORENCE — Florence High School has earned state and national recognition for the second time in recent months, this time with Newsweek magazine’s America’s Best High Schools for 2013.