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CHATTANOOGA

Kitchen fire displaces a family of 4

A kitchen fire in the early afternoon hours Friday on the 600 block of North Germantown Road displaced one adult and three children.

The fire was extinguished by the occupants when firefighters arrived and was ruled accidental.

The kitchen suffered substantial damage, but no one was injured. The cause of the fire was likely from food being left unattended on the stove.

The Red Cross was notified to assist the family.

NAACP reschedules confederate monument vigil

A planned vigil for the removal of the confederate monument at the Hamilton County Courthouse has been postponed by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County chapter of the NAACP.

Originally set for Saturday, the event has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 30, according to a news release from the NAACP.

"We feel accountable to both the public and the NAACP to ensure that the public safety is secure and properly managed," the release said. "Also, the timing of the event conflicts with another major event, the Ironman World Championship, which requires a great deal of manpower from the Chattanooga Police Department and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department to manage."

The Sept. 30 vigil will begin with a march at Market Street and MLK Boulevard.

NASHVILLE

Autopsy concludes 12-year-old girl was strangled to death

Newly released autopsy results conclude a 12-year-old Tennessee girl killed last month was strangled.

News outlets report the Davidson County Medical Examiner's Office released the final autopsy report in the Aug. 10 killing of Yhoana Arteaga, which remains unsolved.

Arteaga was found dead in her family's Goodlettsville mobile home slightly over an hour after she told her mother via text message that someone was knocking at the door. There were no signs of forced entry.

The results indicate contusions to her head and multiple abrasions, including around her face and neck. A sexual assault kit was performed, but Metro Nashville police say it's unclear if she was sexually assaulted.

Police say they are pursuing leads. No suspect has been identified, but police believe Arteaga may have known the killer.

MONTGOMERY, ALA.

Attorney: Robinson taking steps toward 'proving his remorse'

An attorney for a former legislator who pleaded guilty to bribery says he has taken a "giant step toward proving his remorse."

Former Alabama Rep. Oliver Robinson on Thursday pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a coal company employee and lawyer to oppose environmental cleanup in Birmingham.

Defense lawyer Richard Jaffe said Robinson has accepted responsibility and is cooperating with the investigation. He said Robinson is a "good man who made serious mistakes and is courageously facing the consequences."

Federal prosecutors said Robinson was given a contract with a law firm in exchange for using his legislative position to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency's prioritization and expansion of a north Birmingham Superfund site.

He will be sentenced on Dec. 7.

Ross named president of Alabama State University

State Sen. Quinton Ross has been selected as Alabama State University's president.

The ASU Board of Trustees on Friday picked Ross ahead of three other finalists for the job.

Ross is a state senator from Montgomery and served as the Senate minority leader. He is a consultant for the state education employees' lobby, Alabama Education Association. He previously served as the director of adult education at Trenholm State Community College and as principal of a Montgomery magnet high school.

Several members of the Alabama Legislature leadership wrote recommendations on behalf of Ross.

Ross is a three-time graduate of Alabama State University, earning a political science degree and a master's degree and doctorate in education from the university.

The board sought a new president after dismissing Gwendolyn Boyd last year.

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