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O.J. Simpson has been granted parole by the Nevada Parole Board. Simpson, the former football star, first fell from grace in 1994 when he was accused of killing his ex-wife and her friend. He was acquitted in that trial, watched around the world. He has now served almost nine years for armed robbery and kidnapping, after being convicted in 2008. John L. Smith ( @jlnevadasmith ), contributor at KNPR in Nevada, joins Here & Now s Robin Young to discuss the latest. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see...

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Alabama A&M University "142 Points of Pride"

Jun 15, 2017

ECONOMIC IMPACT

1. Alabama A&M University has an economic impact of over $350 million statewide and $228 million on the region, according to the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce.

2. Through its more than 5,800 students and 800 employees, AAMU is among the Top 20 largest employers in the Tennessee Valley region.

TheHundred-Seven.org: AAMU Tops Among HBCU/STEM Grads

May 24, 2017

Huntsville, Ala. ---- A Washington, D.C.-based organization that promotes higher education through support of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) has listed Alabama A&M University among the top producers of African-American graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Alabama A&M University President, Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. provides updates on the University and discusses University events with Host Erica "Fox" Washington. 

Topics include: Day of Service, New Head Men's Basketball Coach, Honors Day, Ribbon Cuttings, Black Tie Gala, President’s Breakfast, Founder’s Day, Graduation, Administrative Professionals Day.

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Vegas Night

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The Xi Omicron Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated will host its annual "Vegas Night" on August 4th, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Von Braun Center North Hall. This semi-formal event will be an evening of casino style games, food and entertainment by DJ Dre Smoove. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Foundation and the Harris Home for Children. For more information Rick Suttle 256 – 655 – 6769 or Dawood Muhammad (205) 757 - 7375. 

It's almost time for the 3rd Alabama Women in Jazz Festival with a Hint of Blues! Presented by Valley Arts and Entertainment Inc., this year's headliner is Detroit native Freda Payne. Freda is known for hits, "Band of Gold" and "Bring the Boys Home." Also performing will be blues/jazz artist B.J. Miller and sax player, vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton. 

Concerts in the Park presented by Arts Huntsville and Huntsville Parks and Recreation, returns every Monday starting June 5th through August 7th! The FREE concerts will be held in downtown Huntsville on the Huntsville Museum of Art outdoor stage in Big Spring International Park from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The concert series will showcase local musicians from jazz, latin, Americana, rock and roll, pop and top 40. The series is free to the public and concertgoers should bring their own seating. Leashed pets are welcome.

REVISED SCHEDULE as of April 18 2017!

The 2017 Alabama Jazz in the Park! All shows are FREE! 

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Few singers can command an audience's attention quite like Albin Lee Meldau. When I first saw him perform, at a church in Austin, Texas during South By Southwest last March, it felt like the entire audience was on the edge of its seat, hanging on every twisted word. His voice is breathtaking, soulful, thunderous and impossible to ignore.

Chester Bennington, one of the lead singers for the band Linkin Park and a former singer for Stone Temple Pilots, has died. His death was confirmed to NPR Thursday afternoon by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, which said that his body was discovered at a house in the 2800 block of Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles and that investigators are currently on the scene. The death is "being looked at as a possible suicide at this time," according to Brian Elias of the coroner's office. Bennington was 41 years old.

Beth Ditto is a force of nature. Her incredible voice and charming personality earned her dance-punk band Gossip an international following, and those same qualities now drive her solo career. We hosted her for a live KCRW session to celebrate the release of Fake Sugar, her full-length debut under her own name.

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Photo: Mark Leibowitz/KCRW.

Who would doubt that Michael McDonald could still sound groovy and relevant while ushering the musical feel of 1978 into 2017? Only a fool.

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