Student reporter Tucker Legerski

Alabamians are vulnerable to fraud and scams. According to one financial report, Alabama ranks 11th highest in the country in frauds and fraud related reports.

The American Association of Retired Persons hosted an event in Huntsville to help people learn how to avoid being victims of fraud. Frank Abagnale—the famous and former confidence man turned adviser for financial institutions and government agencies from the bestselling book and film called Catch Me if You Can—gave the presentation at the Jackson Center.

photo by Brett Tannehill

(TUSCUMBIA, AL)-- In conjunction with Alabama’s Bicentennial, the town of Tuscumbia is remembering Alabama’s first railroad. Hail the Rail will be a historic event held on Saturday. There will be speakers, events for children, food vendors, historic programs, a celebration of railroad families, and live music between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Ninon Parker, a co-chair for the event is excited to commemorate and celebrate the history of railroads in the region.

Alabama fans of hip hop have reason to celebrate. This week marks the 12th annual Hip Hop Week that is being celebrated across the state. The event involves a statewide tour in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile.

July 1 means Alabamians can now buy three new commemorative license plates for charitable causes.

The new plates are for Colon Cancer Awareness, with proceeds going to the nonprofit awareness organization Rumpshaker Inc.; Prostate Cancer Research, with proceeds going to the Mike Slive Foundation; and Thank a Lineman, with proceeds going to the Central Alabama Community Foundation to fund health and education programs.

(MOBILE, AL)-- A weekend competition will determine who are the most distinguished young women in America. Distinguished Young Women is a non-profit group holding its 62nd consecutive national finals Friday in Mobile. 

One contestant from the 50 finalists will be selected to receive $30,000 toward higher education. The young women are spending two weeks in Mobile, where they will participate in community service and leadership workshops. 

Kendra Haskins is the executive director of Distinguished Young Women and said the organization was a new idea when it began in 1958.

(TUSCALOOSA, AL)-- Teachers and educators in Alabama are learning more about clean water. The Alabama Forestry Association is conducting a Teacher Conservation Workshop for high school teachers and educators in Alabama.