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Auburn University is launching a partnership with Auburn City Schools to offer dual-enrollment classes to high school students.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that the partnership will allow Auburn High School students to begin taking Auburn University classes to help prepare them for college. Officials say the program allows students to earn high school and college credits at the same times. Auburn University calls the dual-enrollment program Auburn First.

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A national fraternity is disbanding its chapter at Auburn University after school officials suspended the organization over repeated allegations of physical abuse and alcohol infractions.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that Beta Theta Pi announced the decision Thursday. Auburn suspended the group from campus last month and ordered members to vacate its house.

The fraternity cited mistreatment of new members, called hazing, and unsafe social practices for its decision. The chapter will remain off campus for at least four years.

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An Alabama judge is revoking the bond for a teenager charged in a deadly crash that killed an Auburn University radio announcer and his wife.

News outlets report a judge ordered the arrest of 16-year-old Johnston Edward Taylor during a hearing Wednesday.

A defense lawyer calls the decision fair. Taylor was free on bond while charged with reckless manslaughter in the death of Auburn broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula. Prosecutors asked the judge to revoke the bond because Johnston received at least three tickets in November for speeding and reckless driving.

A fraternity at Auburn University in Alabama has been suspended for at least four years over sustained allegations of alcohol and physical abuse.

News outlets report the school launched an investigation into the Delta Zeta chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity in September after it received a report of possible misconduct.

The school's newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, reported Monday that letters addressed to past and present fraternity members said the chapter was being suspended for physical abuse, servitude and alcohol.

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An Alabama prosecutor is asking a judge to revoke the bond of a teenager charged in the crash that killed Auburn University broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife.

News outlets report the Lee County district attorney's office alleged continued unsafe driving in asking a court to jail 16-year-old Johnston Edward Taylor of Auburn. A defense attorney says Taylor is “a very troubled young man” who needs help.

A college town in Alabama has proposed temporarily halting construction on any new student housing developments amid concerns the number of existing facilities exceeds the amount of students in the city.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Auburn University executive says private, off-campus apartments could be a solution to help ease a campus housing crunch.

Bobby Woodard, senior vice president for student affairs, made the comments at a recent work session of Auburn University’s board of trustees.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University is retiring its 20-year-old golden eagle mascot two years after it was grounded from flying at football games because of heart disease.

A university statement issued Friday says the bird named Nova is being replaced by another golden eagle named Aurea that will become War Eagle VIII.

A ceremony marking the transition is planned for Auburn’s home football game against Samford University on Saturday. Nova has been sidelined since 2017 after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, which is a chronic heart disease.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University says it’s investigating after an extension cord tied into a noose was found inside a campus residence hall.

Tweets sent late Wednesday by the school’s safety and security department say the noose was discovered and removed Wednesday from a common area of the building.

The tweets say nooses are linked to racial violence in the United States, and that intolerance, intimidation and threatening behavior have no place on campus.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Students at Auburn University are trying to connect with friends and strangers to talk about mental health.

The Opelika-Auburn news reports that the student organization Active Minds held a series of events throughout last week to promote mental health awareness.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University says its famed golden eagle Nova, also known as War Eagle VII, could be in the early stages of heart failure.

The university made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.

The 20-year-old male eagle for more than a decade soared above the crowd at university football games. He was sidelined from the pregame tradition after a 2017 diagnosis of cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart.

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama fan who admitted poisoning Auburn University's famed oak trees is due in court for a hearing on whether he should be jailed for not paying restitution.

A Lee County judge scheduled a hearing for Wednesday afternoon for 71-year-old Harvey Updyke, who pleaded guilty to poisoning the trees in 2013.

The retired Texas state trooper wrote in a public Facebook post he's taking a bus to Auburn from his Louisiana home and expects to be jailed. But a doctor who treats Updyke submitted a letter saying the man is too ill to travel.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A $3 million grant will help fund climate change education at Auburn University.

The school announced recently that money from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship will be used to teach students how to study the changing climate.

Faculty members will work with about 85 graduate students to create an interdisciplinary team. The team will work over a five-year period.


OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The family of an Alabama college student who died from complications of improperly prescribed birth control medication has been awarded $9 million in their wrongful death, medical malpractice suit.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Army criminal investigators have arrested a deployed soldier accused of raping an Alabama college student last year.

Auburn, Alabama, police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey said in a news release Tuesday that 27-year-old Ryan Charles Petro of North Carolina has been charged with five counts of first-degree rape.

Investigators say he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old Auburn University student, an acquaintance of his, at a hotel. He was identified through the analysis of forensic evidence. Authorities didn't specify what type of evidence was tested.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A man and his daughter have filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming Auburn University is wrongly charging in-state students with more expensive out-of-state tuition.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports the suit was filed by Jeffrey Prosser and his daughter Brooke Prosser. They say they live in the east Alabama city of Valley but previously lived in Georgia.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An animal rights group wants Mississippi State to retire its live bulldog mascot named Jak after he was crashed into by an Auburn University player making a mad dash through the end zone.

News outlets report People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sent a letter to the Mississippi college, saying it was sheer luck that Jak wasn’t severely injured or killed in the Saturday clash with tailback JaTarvious Whitlow.

A new statue on campus celebrates the women of Auburn University.

The nearly 7-foot tall bronze statue was dedicated Friday to mark more than a century of women's enrollment at Auburn. 

The design was inspired by a 2017 logo used as the Auburn Alumni Association celebrated the 125 years since women first enrolled at the university in 1892.

The project was led by an Auburn graduate, Lauren Duke Patterson. She is design director at Advent, a Nashville-based design firm that designed the installation.

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A new golden eagle will be joining Auburn University's avian air force.

"Aurea" joins the bald eagle Spirit. The pair will soar over Jordan-Hare Stadium before home games, The Opelika-Auburn News reported .

Aurea was brought to the Southeastern Raptor Center in Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, after being found near Selma, Alabama, with an injury to its right wing.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apologized Thursday for wearing blackface decades ago, becoming the latest politician to face scrutiny over racially insensitive photos and actions from their university days.

Ivey, 74, issued the apology after a 1967 radio interview surfaced in which her now-ex-husband describes her actions at Auburn University, where she was vice president of the student government association.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University trustees advised then-President Steven Leath to focus on communication, collaboration and morale several months before his sudden departure from the university, according to university records.

Alabama leads the nation in few things, but the state has recently gained a new point of pride. Eighteen-year-old Seth Maddox of Geraldine is the 2019 World Champion of Microsoft PowerPoint. Yes, you read that right.

Maddox won the national prize in software literacy competition last June, and on Wednesday was declared world champion.


NEW YORK (AP) — Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach Chuck Person has avoided prison in a bribery scandal that has touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball.

Person was sentenced on Wednesday to 200 hours of community service during the two years the Probation Department will supervise him. Judge Loretta A. Preska said "no purpose would be served by incarceration."

Sentencing guidelines called for two years in prison, though three other coaches who pleaded guilty to the same charge also received lenient sentences.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University's old president has been approved to come back as its new, interim president.

Auburn trustees on Monday unanimously approved Jay Gogue to fill the position on an interim basis.

Gogue replaces Steven Leath, who left in late June after about two years on the job. The university hasn't publicly explained the reasons for his departure, other than to say both sides agreed to it.

Gogue was Auburn's president for a decade ending in 2017, when Leath took over the position.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Police have charged a 16-year-old with two counts of manslaughter in the car crash that killed Auburn broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife.

A police statement says Johnston Edward Taylor, of Auburn, was arrested Monday in connection with the May 25 accident. Police say test results showed that Taylor was driving "well over" the 55 mph speed limit and had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

The 53-year-old Bramblett and his 52-year-old wife, Paula, died as a result of injuries from the crash.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Jay Gogue may return to Auburn University as interim president after Steven Leath's resignation.

The executive committee of the board of trustees voted Sunday to recommend that the former university president temporarily lead the school during a full search for a replacement.

Gogue retired after 10 years as the university's president in 2016.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A man opened fire on police responding to a call about a domestic disturbance in an Alabama mobile home park, killing one officer and wounding two others, authorities said Monday.

An intense manhunt led to his arrest hours later, not far from the Arrow Head Trailer Park, which is only a few miles from the campus of Auburn University, where students had been warned to be on alert. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency described 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes as armed and extremely dangerous, wearing camouflage body armor and a helmet.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A college gymnast is asking social media users to stop sharing the video of her devastating leg injuries because "my pain is not your entertainment."

Auburn senior Samantha Cerio wrote on Twitter Wednesday that seeing her "knees bent unnaturally in real life was horrible enough," but she says continuing to see the video and photos because people feel entitled to repost them "is not okay."

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is joining the Republican race to win back the Alabama Senate seat from Democrat Doug Jones in 2020.

Tuberville announced his candidacy Saturday on Twitter, saying: "After more than a year of listening to Alabama's citizens, I have heard your concerns and hopes for a better tomorrow. I am humbled to announce the next step -- I will be a @GOP candidate for US Senate. I invite you to join my team."

Already in the GOP race is Bradley Byrne, a congressman. The primary is set for March 3, 2020.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University is receiving $43 million in federal financing for a new agricultural science facility aimed at improving food production in Alabama.

WSFA-TV reports the money, approved by Congress, will help establish a new USDA Agricultural Research Soil Dynamics Laboratory on campus.

Auburn spokesman Preston Sparks says the facility's research will focus on improving the sustainable use of soil and water resources for crop and livestock production.