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10:21am

Tue October 6, 2009
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Lowndes County mayor enters plea deal to misdeameanor theft charge

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10:12am

Tue October 6, 2009
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High court declines to hear retailer's appeal in overtime wage case

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12:37pm

Fri October 2, 2009
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South Ala. bank to settle discrimination complaint

Thomasvillle, Al – First United Security Bank has agreed
to settle a lawsuit brought by federal prosecutors claiming the
bank discriminated against black borrowers.
The settlement calls for the bank to pay up to $50,000 total to
people federal authorities say were overcharged.
It also agreed to open a branch in a majority-black area within
three years, spend $500,000 to subsidize mortgages and
small-business loans in majority-black areas and spend $110,000
advertising to black borrowers.

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12:31pm

Fri October 2, 2009
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Federal agency rejects paralegal's complaints

Montgomery, Al – The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says
complaints brought by a U.S. Department of Justice paralegal in the
prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman were unsubstantiated.
Tamarah Grimes, who worked on the team prosecuting the
corruption case against Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard
Scrushy, filed a complaint in 2007 under whistleblower protection
laws.
She accused prosecutors of mismanagement, failure to report
improper contact with jurors and initiating a criminal

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12:20pm

Fri October 2, 2009
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3 Alabamians succumb to swine flu virus

Montgomery, Ala. – (AP) - Three more people have died from swine
flu in Alabama.
State health officials announced the deaths Thursday. The
state's number of fatalities from the virus is now at 11.
The latest to die are a man in his 60s from Talladega County, a
woman in her 50s from Madison County, and a female in her 70s from
Jackson County.
Previous deaths of persons positive for swine flu have occurred
this year in Bullock, Dale, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Macon,
Montgomery and Russell counties.

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12:26pm

Thu October 1, 2009
WVAS Local

Court Rules on Child Support

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has set a legal precedent in the state by ruling that child support payments are not automatically extinguished when parental rights are terminated.
The court's ruling Wednesday reversed the state civil appeals
court, which had held that a parent who loses rights to a child no
longer has a responsibility to pay child support.
The Supreme Court, split 6-3, said parental neglect could be
rewarded if child support would no longer have to be paid.

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12:22pm

Thu October 1, 2009
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Keller Statue Cleared

Montgomery, AL – The U.S. House has cleared the way for Alabama's new statue of Helen Keller to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex.
Representatives unanimously approved a resolution accepting the
statue of the Tuscumbia native on Wednesday. The Senate previously
approved a similar resolution.
The statue will be unveiled in the Capitol rotunda on Oct. 7. It
will be permanently displayed in the new Capitol visitor center.
Keller became known worldwide as an educator and advocate for

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12:17pm

Thu October 1, 2009
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State Board of Education Interviews Two-Year College Chancellor Candidates

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The State Board of Education has set aside two days to interview candidates for chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.
The interviews begin Thursday in Montgomery and wrap up Friday.
A dozen candidates are scheduled to appear before the board. They
include educators from Alabama and from out-of-state.
The board is looking for a replacement for Bradley Byrne, who
resigned in May to run for governor.

12:53pm

Tue September 29, 2009
WVAS Local

Former State Treasurer George Wallace Jr. Running For His Old Job

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Former State Treasurer George Wallace Jr. wants his old job back.
Wallace said Tuesday he has decided to run for state treasurer
next year as a Republican.
Wallace said he's running because he wants to solve financial
problems in Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan. The state
treasurer administers the tuition plan, which Wallace got started
during the first of his two terms as state treasurer.
Wallace joins Republican Terry Dunn and Democrat Jeremy Sherer

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12:50pm

Tue September 29, 2009
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GOP to Wrangle With Imprisoned Educators

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Republicans plan to give priority to a
bill that would stop Alabama teachers from continuing to receive
pay and benefits while in prison on felony convictions that they
are appealing.
The bill would amend the state's teacher tenure law, which was
changed in 2004 with the backing of the Alabama Education
Association. AEA's chief lobbyist, Paul Hubbert, said he agrees
that a teacher in prison should not be paid, but he wants to make
sure the dismissal process is fair.

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