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12:59pm

Thu September 3, 2009
WVAS Local

Selma Wood Pellets Business Closes

Selma, Ala – (AP) - Dixie Pellets, which manufactures wood
pellets for heating, has closed its doors because it does not have
the funds to continue operating.
The company told about 70 workers Tuesday they should not return
to work.
Plant manager Bruce Gornto said "an unusual and an unforeseen
financial issue" gave the company no choice but to stop
operations.
Gornto is unsure if the plant will permanently close and said
they are working with people to resolve the issue. The company will

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12:55pm

Thu September 3, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama to Issue Most Tax Refunds by End of September

Montgmomery, Ala – (AP) - The state of Alabama says it plans to
issue tax refunds by the end of September to the great majority of
those who have not yet received them despite having filed before
April 15.
State officials say about 24,000 individuals and married couples
fall into that category.
Department spokeswoman Carla Snellgrove says a few thousand of
those filers may have to wait even longer for their refunds, most
likely because officials still have questions about their returns.

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11:20am

Mon August 31, 2009

11:19am

Mon August 31, 2009
WVAS Local

Reports of Coach Punched at Alabama High School Football Game

Jackson, AL – (AP) - The head football coach of Meadowview
Christian School has a black eye, and school officials are looking
into reports that another coach punched him during a game.
Meadowview headmaster Michael J. Gaylor says the school is
investigating reports that assistant coach Robin Terry punched head
coach hit head coach Kenny Strong in the face during a weekend game
against Jackson Academy.
Terry was hired this year. He was an assistant coach at Dallas
County High School last year.

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11:18am

Mon August 31, 2009
WVAS Local

A Jefferson County Judge Will Run for the State Supreme Court

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mac
Parsons says he's going to run for the Alabama Supreme Court next
year, but he hasn't decided which of the three races he will enter.
Three seats currently held by Republicans are up for election
next year. Justices Mike Bolin and Tom Parker are seeking
re-election, but Justice Patti Smith is not. Parsons, a Democrat,
says he will decide later which of the seats he will seek.
Parsons has served 11 years as a circuit judge. Before that, he

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11:17am

Mon August 31, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom.

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11:16am

Mon August 31, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom.

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10:51am

Fri August 21, 2009
Top Stories

State Health Officials Change Policy Concerning Swine Flu

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health
is changing its policy as the swine flu virus spreads.
Alabama Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson says Thursday testing
for the H1N1 virus is no longer necessary in most cases because
patients with flu-like symptoms most likely have swine flu.
He says the state lab's limited capacity means that the agency
is restricting testing to hospitalized patients, pregnant women and
certain others. The new policy will allow the agency to more

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7:37am

Thu August 20, 2009
Top Stories

State Employees See Heath Insurance Premiums Increase

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - The State Employees' Insurance Board has approved several increases to health insurance premiums for Alabama's state government workers, requiring single employees to pay a preminum for the first time.
The board voted Wednesday to charge all active employees a
premium of $15 a month.
Employees who are also paying for family coverage will have
those premiums go up by $10 from $180 a month to $190 a month.
Smokers will pay an additional $5 a month, going from $25 to

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7:34am

Thu August 20, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama Department of Youth Services Changes Record Keeping Policy

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Youth Services is making big changes to the way it keeps records.
The department is in its first year of switching from paper to mostly electronic record keeping. Now, contractors enter data into spreadsheets instead of just filling out incident reports to turn in to DYS and put into the child's file.
That way the data can be easily viewed and analyzed on
electronic spreadsheets.
DYS officials say it's already paying off after they noticed

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