- - Thursday, April 7, 2011


Man charged in mother-in-law’s slaying

OPELIKA | A man charged with killing his mother-in-law and shooting his wife and her grandmother outside a community college opened fire as his 4-year-old daughter sat with the women in a minivan, riddling the van with gunfire, police said Thursday.

The girl was injured by flying glass, and the two women who were wounded Wednesday afternoon were still being treated for their injuries.

Authorities said Thomas Franklin May III, 34, could face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder in the killing of Brenda Watson, 62, of Opelika. Her daughter, Bethany Lynn May, 36, and mother, Maude Ethell Marshall, 93, were injured in the shooting.

Mr. May also was charged with attempted murder and firing into an occupied vehicle, police said.


Steep tuition hikes debated by college board

TUCSON | Regents for Arizona’s public universities were considering Thursday whether to hike tuition by as much as 22 percent, far above the average for such increases seen nationally last year.

The Arizona Board of Regents discussed the proposed hikes at length Thursday but had taken no action by early afternoon as several board members put forth alternative proposals.

If the board ultimately approves what university presidents are asking for, tuition and fees at the University of Arizona in Tucson could increase by 22 percent to $10,027 for in-state freshman undergraduates in the fall. They’ll jump by 19.5 percent, to $9,716, for in-state undergraduates at Arizona State University in Tempe and by 15 percent, to $8,824, at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.


Judge who struck down Prop 8 says he’s gay

SAN FRANCISCO | The federal judge who struck down California’s gay marriage ban has confirmed that he’s gay.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker retired in February, several months after his landmark decision that’s being challenged in an appeals court.

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