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The backdoor ride to Alabama. Small town never smelled this way before.

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It's not often a town of roughly 1,000 makes national news. But then, it's not often a town faces a plight so ripefor media attention as Parrish, Ala.

For upwards of two months, a train brimming with sewage sludge has been squatting uninvited near fields used for youth baseball, simmering in the afternoon sun, making its noisome presence known even in the darkness of night. In a word, Mayor Heather Hall told The Associated Press earlier this week, "it smells like death."

To read more on NPR:

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