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WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — Seven Alabama middle school students were hospitalized for heat distress symptoms after participating in an outdoor gym class.

News outlets report about 30 students at Wetumpka Middle School complained of being overheated Thursday afternoon while they were walking and running on the track.

Superintendent Richard Dennis says the seven sick students were all sixth graders and they received treatment for dehydration.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma on Wednesday renewed its lawsuit against an Alabama Creek tribe for building a casino on what they say is sacred ancestral land.

Muscogee Creeks say the Poarch Band of Creeks in Alabama exhumed over 57 human remains to make way for the 20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka, Alabama, despite their promises to protect the historic site. The lawsuit seeks "redress for this greedy, tragic, outrageous, and illegal act."

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 Homes, businesses, government offices and churches were among the buildings badly damaged or demolished when tornadoes struck central Alabama over the weekend.  

The severe weather hit Saturday and another tornado was reported later that evening at an air base in the Florida Panhandle.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service says its initial surveys indicated there was an EF 1 tornado in Autauga County, and a stronger EF2 twister in Wetumpka, Alabama.

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A historic site in central Alabama is marking its 300th anniversary. 

Events are planned all day Saturday at Fort Toulouse, which is located on the Coosa River near Wetumpka. The fort was the easternmost outpost of the French colony of Louisiana when it was established in 1717.

The celebration will include the unveiling of markers to outline part of the original fort. There will also be a short presentation re-enacting the first meeting between the French and Indians who were native to the region.

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The city of Wetumpka has declared a state of emergency after heavy rains and flooding around Christmas caused widespread damage.

But officials say the declaration is just a formality to allow the city to work more easily on areas that need the most repairs.

Heavy rain caused the Coosa River in Wetumpka to rise to 45 feet, higher than it’s been in decades. Several roads remain closed; one is affected by a 15-foot-deep sinkhole.

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The Poarch Creek Indians say Wind Creek Wetumpka features 85,000 square feet of casino space with more than 2,500 electronic games. A centerpiece of the new casino is a 16,000-gallon shark tank. The property includes five restaurants, as well as a 20-story hotel that will start opening in stages. The ribbon cutting is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The new hotel and casino replace a smaller casino in Wetumpka. The $246 million attraction is larger than the tribe's Wind Creek Atmore, which had featured the state's largest casino.

PCI Gaming / Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Leaders of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have agreed to stop construction of a planned 20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka. The Poarch Band and the Muscogee Nation of Creek Indians said in statements that construction stopped on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Muscogee Nation had objected to the project. The tribe has historic ties to the land and is objecting to the graves of its ancestors being exhumed and moved to make way for the expansion by the Poarch Creeks.

Oklahoma Tribe Opposes Creek Casino In Alabama

Aug 13, 2012
PCI Gaming / Poarch Band of Creek Indians

An Indian tribe in Oklahoma wants Alabama's Poarch Creek Indians to halt plans to build a 20-story hotel and casino on tribal land in Wetumpka. The Muscogee Nation has historic ties to the land and is objecting to the graves of its ancestors being exhumed and moved to make way for the expansion by the Poarch Creeks. Principal Chief George Tiger says the Poarch Creeks don't share their respect for traditional ways and the burial ground should be restored to the way it was.