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10:57am

Wed September 23, 2009
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10:52am

Wed September 23, 2009
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Ten People Have Died From Floodwaters in Georgia and Alabama

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The death toll has reached 10 from
floodwaters in Georgia and Alabama with the report of a sixth death
in a county west of Atlanta.
Douglas County spokesman Wes Tallon on Wednesday said the latest
victim in the suburban county was a man whose car appeared to have
been washed off the road near a creek Tuesday night.
Portions of Interstate 20 west of Atlanta remained closed to
commuter traffic Wednesday morning, but other major highways that
had been closed Tuesday because of high water had reopened.

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10:42am

Wed September 23, 2009
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10:53am

Tue September 22, 2009
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Flooding Rains Have Claimed a Life In Alabama

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Days of torrential rain have apparently
claimed one life in Alabama and forced about three dozen residents
to flee their homes or be rescued from vehicles on washed out
roads.
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin said a dive team recovered
the body of 22-year-old James Dale Leigh of the Sand Valley
community from a pond on Monday. Witnesses said he drowned when a
portion of the pond's rain-soaked bank collapsed while he was
walking on it.
Bibb County emergency management director Wayne Hayes also said

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10:49am

Tue September 22, 2009
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Alazbama Plans to Offer Compromise in Medicaid Dispute

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says Alabama will offer a
compromise in its ongoing dispute with a federal agency over claims
that the state has been receiving too much federal money for the
program.
Riley made the remark on Monday after meeting with the director
of the federal Center for Medicaid and State Operations.
The federal government argues Alabama was overpaid by up to $300
million during the past four years to finance its Medicaid program.
The dispute centers on how Alabama calculates its share of the cost

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10:45am

Tue September 22, 2009
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11:56am

Fri September 18, 2009
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11:31am

Fri September 18, 2009
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Many First-Time Alabama Homeowners Have Claimed the Federal Tax Credit

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - More than 25,000 first-time homebuyers
in Alabama have claimed the federal tax credit offered under the
economic stimulus program.
The IRS, which announced the latest figures Thursday, said
Alabama ranked 20th in the number claiming the tax credit.
The program ends Dec. 1. It offers a tax credit of 10 percent of
the purchase price - with a maximum credit of $8,000 - to
homebuyers with qualifying income levels who have never bought a
home or have not owned one in the last three years.

11:27am

Fri September 18, 2009
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Jefferson County Workers Continue 32-Hour Work Weeks

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Jefferson County employees may have to
continue working just 32 hours a week indefinitely.
County officials said Thursday they are considering extending
the shortened workweek for all employees to help cut spending. Most
county employees were switched from a 40-hour week to a 32-hour
week over the summer to make up for the loss of occupational tax
revenue.
The payroll cut plus unpaid leave for hundreds of workers helped
trim $75 million from the county's budget, but sales tax revenues
remain slow.

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11:24am

Fri September 18, 2009
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Alabama's Unemployment Rate Continues Ascent

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate continues to
rise.
The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations released
statistics Friday showing the state's jobless rate rose to 10.4
percent in August. That matches a high last hit in 1984.
It is up from 10.2 percent in July, and it's higher than the
comparable national unemployment rate of 9.7 percent.
The August rate represents more than 217,309 unemployed people
in Alabama, and it's twice as high as the 5.2 percent unemployment
in August just a eyar ago.

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