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Matthew Wood, on a year abroad at the University of Alabama, discusses what life is like today in one of the major battlegrounds of the 60s

Tornadoes kill at least 248 in US

Dozens of tornadoes ripped through the US South, flattening homes and businesses and killing at least 248 people in six states in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years.

Obama to visit storm-ravaged Alabama

The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to the state of Alabama on Friday to view damage from the deadliest tornado outbreak in nearly 40 years and meet the families of those affected.

Album: Various artists, Delta Swamp Rock (Soul Jazz Records)

If the country-rock-soul of Alabama has held its place in the hearts of UK music lovers for decades, it is largely thanks to The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Album: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Here We Rest (Lightning Rod)

"Here we rest" was the original motto of Isbell's home state, Alabama, while the music locates the ex-Drive-By Trucker in a forest of local allusions foliated by the 400 Unit's ability to tinker, nicely but slightly blandly, with Alabama's indigenous musical genres: soul, rock, country, backwoods folk.

Three killed US tornado strike

Vicious storms hit the Deep South of the United States and toppled trees like dominoes as tornadoes howled through towns. Four deaths were reported yesterday in Alabama, including a man killed when the storm tossed a mobile home nearly a quarter of a mile across a state highway.

Album: The Secret Sisters, The Secret Sisters (Decca)

Laura and Lydia Rogers are twenty-something sisters from Alabama.

Charlie Louvin: One half of the celebrated country music duo the Louvin Brothers

Almost unchallenged, the Louvin Brothers were the greatest brother act in country music and several of their songs, "When I Stop Dreaming", "The Christian Life" and "Cash on the Barrelhead", have been recorded by contemporary acts. "Being brothers really helped our harmonies," Charlie Louvin told me on a UK tour in 1988, "but I doubt if you could think of one brother act that grew old together. It just don't work."

Japanese prefer Glaswegian accent, says study

Glaswegians have the most attractive accent for Japanese speakers of English, a new study has revealed.

Rupert Cornwell: Deletions that cut the potential for vital debate

The sanitised version of Huckleberry Finn soon to be issued by an Alabama-based publisher is further proof that on matters of race at least, Thomas Bowdler is alive and well and living in the United States.

Jimmy Wales: 'It's not about how many pages. It's about how good they are'

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I Still Dream About You, By Fannie Flagg

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Dom Joly: Howdy doody. It's the £2012 hotline. Can I interest you in a Lord Coe piggy-back?

Weird World of Sport: On the morning of the opening ceremony Lord Coe arrives at your door and carries you piggyback style through the streets of London to the venue

Album: Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown (RCA/Sony)

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