Mon August 17, 2009
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South Alabama Braces for High Winds and Rain

Birmingham,Alabama –

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Fri August 14, 2009
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Montgomery's New School Superintendent Analyzes the System's Budget

Montgomery, Alabama – The Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Thompson, says the school system is bracing for the possibility of deeper cuts in the amount of state funds it receives.

Writing in her blog on the Montgomery Public Schools website, Dr. Thompson states that the system is beginning the school year with a budget that is almost $8
MILLION below state funding from the final prorated amount of 2009.

Dr.Thompson says there is "a real possibility" there could be a 6 percent proration announced as the new fiscal year begins in October.


Fri August 14, 2009
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Buck Masters Expo 2009 Gets Underway

Montgomery, Alabama –
The Buck Master's Expo 2009 gets underway in downtown Montgomery today.

Organizers expect thousands of sports enthusiasts from around the county to visit the event being held at the Montgomery Convention Center.

Some 300 vendors will be selling their wares.


Thu August 13, 2009
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Sports Enthusiasts Focus on Alabama's Black Belt Region

TYLER, Ala. – (AP) - More than 100 people have launched an
initiative aimed at creating jobs and bolstering the Black Belt's
economy by promoting the region's extensive outdoor recreational
Alabama Black Belt Adventures was launched Wednesday at the
Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge in Tyler.
State Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley said educating
people about what the area has to offer will attract visitors and
businesses. The initiative's Web,,

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Thu August 13, 2009
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Panel Reacts to Drugs Found At Statehouse in 2006

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Members of a panel of legislators who
supervise administrative activities in the Alabama House say they
should have been notified when two pounds of marijuana were found
in a Statehouse office in December, 2006.
The panel known as the House Council agreed that in the future
House Clerk Greg Pappas should notify the chairman of the council
about such incidents. House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton of
Birmingham is the current council chairman.
House Speaker Seth Hammett said the incident shows that House

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Wed August 12, 2009
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Rove Denies Any Role in Siegelman Indictment

Birmingham, Alabama – Former White House adviser Karl Rove is denying ever talking with federal prosecutors about a criminal investigation of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.

The Birmingham News is reporting that transcripts of questioning by lawyers for the democratic majority of the House Judiciary Committee included Rove's comments about Siegelman.

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Wed August 12, 2009
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Lawmakers Consider Bills to Extend Unemployment Benefits

(AP) - Committees in the Alabama Senate and
House have approved versions of a bill that would extend
unemployment benefits to state workers for an additional 20 weeks.
The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee and the
House Commerce Committee approved versions of the bill that would
use federal stimulus money to continue to pay benefits to
unemployed workers after the initial 59 weeks of unemployment
insurance has expired.
The Senate sponsor, Democratic Sen. Rodger Smitherman of

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Tue August 11, 2009
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Senate Gives Final Approval to Jefferson County Occupational Tax

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate gives final approval to a bill that will allow Jefferson County officials to levy a .45 percent occupational tax.

The measure will take effect as soon as Gov. Bob Riley signs it into law.

The bill would immediately allow the Jefferson County Commission, until Jan. 1,2010, to collect the county's current occupational tax of 0.5 percent of the salaries of many people who work in the county.

Doctors, lawyers and others who pay license fees to the county or state will be exempt from paying the tax until next year.

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Tue August 11, 2009
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Plant Closing Leaves Hundreds Without Work

(AP) - Employees of Anniston Sportswear Corp. say
the plant has closed, leaving 200 workers without a job.
The factory makes men's pants and was once one of the city's
largest businesses. The Anniston Star reports employees told the
newspaper that the bankrupt parent company's new owners took the
remaining pants from the factory over the weekend and closed the
plant with no notice.
On Friday, the company closed a deal with London-based Emerisque

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Tue August 11, 2009
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Montgomery Prepares for Marathon

Montgomery,Alabama – The city of Montgomery is getting ready for a first - its first half-marathon sponsored by Hyundai.

Hyundai Senior Vice President Rick Neil says working with the city on the event is a natural partnership.

The 13.1 mile race will wind through Alabama State University's campus, and the route will include Capital Heights, The Garden District, Downtown Montgomery and the riverfront.

The event is set for October 3rd.