First Slice 12-19-13: Overturned truck hams it up


A tractor-trailer decided to go H.A.M. earlier this morning on the ramp from Old National Highway to I-85 southbound when it overturned, spilling 40,000 pounds of ham all over the road. The driver is fine but those little piggies won’t be going to the market.

The Gainesville School board has decided it will allow school resource officers at three of its schools to have access to long-range rifles that will be kept in safes on school grounds.

Alabama’s newest and largest casino opened this week. Wind Creek Wetumpka is the $246 million creation of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. But it’s not all neon glitz and triple cherries: Oklahoma Creeks believe the Poarch construction project defaced sacred tribal land and the state of Alabama “has a pending federal lawsuit claiming that the casino is a nuisance to the community and the machines are illegal under both state and federal law.”

A new report says that the European-led boycott of exporting medical drugs used to execute prisoners has had a dramatic impact on the number of overall executions in the United States this year.

Happy belated 70th birfday, Keef!

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