1. Ground was broken on the new Huntsville Veterans Outpatient Clinic. The 47,000 square-foot facility is set to open in the fall of 2015.
2. A diesel fuel spill snarled traffic in east Limestone County between Miller Road and Highway 251. Firefighters and hazmat crews closed the area until the mess was cleaned up.
3. Road work is about to begin on thousands of miles of Huntsville roadways. Most of the resurfacing work will be focused on neighborhood streets. A project list is up for approval at the next council meeting.
4. A woman and her dog escaped a burning apartment Thursday morning at the Willowbrook complex in south Huntsville. The hallway and bathroom of the apartment suffered severe damage.
5. Alabama ranks in the top tier nationwide when it comes to deadly fires. 53 people were killed in fires the first three months of this year, a number far ahead of what the state typically sees.
6. The state is seeking federal aid following last week's flooding. Alabama is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide assistance in a 7-county region around Birmingham.
7. A special investigative team toured the explosion site at a Tennessee ammunition plant Thursday. One person was killed and three were injured Wednesday during the blast about 55 miles west of Nashville.
8. President Barack Obama says the number of people who have signed up for government health care has reached 8 million. That's one million more than congressional scorekeepers had initially projected.
9. Wounded veterans were welcomed to the White House to kick-off of the seventh annual Soldier Ride sponsored by the 'Wounded Warrior Project.'