Governor offers help to Alabama towns hit by killer tornado

first_imgFULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey is promising help to families and businesses impacted by the tornado that tore up some of Birmingham’s suburbs. She said the people of Alabama are praying for them and will help them rebuild. The terrifying tornado trapped entire families in the wreckage of their homes Monday night, killing a teenager and injuring 30 people. Some survived in bathtubs and basements. The weather service says the twister was an EF- 3 with 150 mph winds. The governor says “homes and businesses can be rebuilt, but losing a young soul to a heart like this is beyond heartbreaking.”last_img read more

Atlanta Falcons owner donating $17M to civil rights museum

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank’s family foundation announced the gift to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday. The vast majority of the money will fund a new, three-story west wing at the downtown Atlanta museum that will include space to educate visitors about lynching. The remaining $2 million will be used to fund storytelling and other projects that connect the history of racial injustice to contemporary challenges. Blank co-founded Home Depot Inc. He bought the Falcons in 2002 and also owns the Atlanta United soccer team.last_img read more