LAFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) - A $140 million solar power facility in eastern Alabama is on track for full operation in December. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that a tour was held this week of the 72-megawatt facility that sits on 1,100 acres in Lafayette, Alabama. An official says the facility will have 338,000 solar panels that will generate around 190,000 megawatts hours annually. The facility is about 40 percent complete after starting construction in February.
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A body found in western Alabama has been identified as a missing Mississippi man. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Henry Lee Easley was found dead from a gunshot near U.S. Highway 82, about two miles from the state line in Pickens County, Alabama. The family of the 52-year-old West Point, Mississippi, resident reported him missing after a relative dropped him off in Columbus after attending a wedding in nearby Caledonia.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - State and local tourism officials are promoting Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail to an international audience. Golf tour operators from multiple countries are set to arrive in the state on Sunday to begin playing trail courses during a visit that will last through Oct. 1. The guest list includes 31 vacation packaging countries in 17 nations including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland and Norway. The goal is to lure new visitors to the state.
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Animal advocates are complaining about an Alabama police department's plan to auction off dogs seized from a suspected puppy mill. Dothan police seized 65 dogs from a home after getting a tip that animals were being kept in deplorable conditions. They now plan to sell the dogs at an auction to raise money for a new animal shelter. But opponent Theresa Bryan-Watts says the animals already have been exploited. She says they're being exploited again with the sale.
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