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10:31am

Fri September 11, 2009
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10:54am

Thu September 10, 2009
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Could There Be a Healthy use for Kudzu?

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Researchers at the University of Alabama
at Birmingham believe kudzu could be a valuable dietary supplement
for the approximately 50 million Americans suffering a condition
called metabolic syndrome.
Sufferers have conditions that contribute to heart disease and
diabetes - including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, big
waists and high cholesterol.
The findings published in the latest Journal of Agriculture and
Food Chemistry show that isoflavones in kudzu root improved

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10:50am

Thu September 10, 2009
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The State Board of Education may overhaul Alabama's Student Testing Plan

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The State Board of Education is
considering an overhaul of Alabama's student testing plan,
including the high school graduation exam.
The board meets Thursday in Montgomery to consider replacing the
graduation exam with end-of-course tests.
The board is also looking at requiring all high school juniors
to take the ACT college entrance test. State Superintendent of
Education Joe Morton says he hopes that would get more students
thinking about going to college.

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10:35am

Thu September 10, 2009
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11:12am

Wed September 9, 2009
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Alabama's Tax Amnesty Program Brought

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's tax amnesty program brought in
more than $8.1 million.
The program called Operation Clean Slate ran Feb. 1-May 15. The
state Department of Revenue reports that more than 3,100
individuals and companies used it, and more money came in from
businesses than individuals.
Deputy Revenue Commissioner Mike Mason said state officials are
pleased with the results. He said no one knew what to expect
because it was the first time the state had waived tax penalties

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11:05am

Wed September 9, 2009
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Alabama Residents Offer Their Opinions on Workplace Priorities

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A statewide survey of Alabama residents has
been conducted to find their views on workplace priorities.
The poll by Auburn University found that men and women agree
that better benefits packages and higher wages should top the list
of changes or improvements sought in the workplace.
But the genders split when it comes to other priorities.
A majority of women care a lot about flexible work hours and
schedules and also about the availability of onsite or convenient
childcare.

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9:58am

Wed September 9, 2009
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9:35am

Tue September 8, 2009
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Enrollment in Alabama Medicaid has grown by almost 50-Thousand People

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Medicaid Agency says
enrollment has grown by nearly 50,000 people, with the largest
increase in the program most likely to include working families.
Agency spokeswoman Robin Rawls says agency officials believe the
economy is probably behind the increase.
Rawls says enrollment in a Medicaid program for children, teens
and pregnant women has jumped by 45,273 since October 2006.
Families that qualify for the program have incomes at or
slightly above the poverty line.

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9:33am

Tue September 8, 2009
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Governor Bob Riley in Europe This Week on Industry Trip

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley plans to arrive in Europe
on Wednesday for an industrial trip that involves trying to land
new jobs and meeting with companies that have already provided jobs
in Alabama.
Riley is scheduled to meet with an unidentified industrial
prospect and three companies with Alabama operations.
Riley said he will visit with officials of Mercedes-Benz in
Germany on Wednesday. Mercedes has an auto assembly plant in Vance.
After Germany, Riley will go to Spain to visit aerospace giant

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9:30am

Tue September 8, 2009
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Coverage For All Kids Health Insurance is Expanding

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Coverage for Alabama's All Kids
subsidized health insurance plan is expanding, and state officials
expect to sign up thousands of more children for the program.
Families that earn up to three times the federal poverty level,
or $66,156 for a family of four, will be eligible beginning Oct. 1.
Currently, the limit is twice the federal poverty level.
Cathy Caldwell, director of the bureau of children's health
insurance with the Department of Public Health, says the great

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