Thu July 30, 2009
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State Senator Calls for Special Session on PACT Program

Montgomery, Alabama – A state lawmaker out of Gadsden wants the state's ailing Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program to the subject of a special session of the Alabama Legislature.

State Representative Craig Ford says he wants the governor to call a special session during the week that the governor receives a report from the Retirement Systems of Alabama on the program.

Lawmakers asked RSA to review the plan after it was revealed the PACT program did not have enough assets to cover future obligations. That report will be released to the PACT Board August 19th.

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Thu July 30, 2009
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Judge Rules in Challenge of ASU Acadome Name Change

Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lawsuit aimed at getting Joe Reed's
name back on the basketball arena at Alabama State University has
Former Alabama State trustee Frankye Underwood had filed a
lawsuit accusing the trustees of violating the state's Open Meeting
Act when they decided to remove Reed's name from the university's
Acadome last year.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs Jr. ruled Wednesday
there was no evidence of a violation.

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Wed July 29, 2009
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Production Ramping up at Honda's Alabama Plant

(AP) - Honda is increasing production at its
auto assembly plant in Lincoln, the result of strengthening sales
for the Odyssey minivan and Pilot sport utility.
The Japanese automaker announced this week to the plant's
4,000-plus workers that it will add three upcoming Saturdays to its
production schedule, which will count as overtime for employees.
The company's $1.4 billion factory will run on one Saturday in
September and two Saturdays in October. Its daily output will also

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Wed July 29, 2009
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NASA Officials Discuss Future Space Flight

(AP) - The panel reviewing NASA's future plans
for human space flight is convening for a session in Alabama.
The Human Space Flight Review Committee will hold a public
hearing Wednesday in Huntsville at the U.S. Space and Rocket
The session will open with a statement by Robert Lightfoot,
acting director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville. It will include a review of NASA's Constellation
program, the agency's current framework for sending astronauts back

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Wed July 29, 2009
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Scam Artists Target State Residents

Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's Attorney General's office is warning consumers to beware of scam artists claiming to have free government stimulus money for them.

The latest round of scams have been reported in the south east Alabama city of Dothan with some residents being told that they could receive a free -1- THOUSAND dollar food voucher, but to receive it, the person must pay $3.95 cents by credit card or debit card.

The scam artist then steals the person's identity and credit card information.

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Tue July 28, 2009
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Alabama Slides Back Down a Notch on 'Kids Count'

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has slid down a notch on the
2009 Kids Count survey that tracks the well being of children in
each state by using a variety of benchmarks.
The state is ranked 48th in the study released Tuesday by the
Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report says Alabama has shown
improvements in four of 10 indicators: infant mortality, teen birth
rate, high school dropout rate and the percent of teens who aren't
in school and are not working.

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Tue July 28, 2009
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Several Alabama Cities Receive Stimulus Money to Increase Police Force

(AP) - Alabama cities and counties are getting
enough federal stimulus money to hire 114 police officers.
Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder
announced the law enforcement grants for all 50 states Tuesday. The
grants will employ more than 1,000 officers nationwide for three
Huntsville is getting $2.6 million to employ 15 officers. Mobile
is receiving nearly $2.5 million for 20 officers. Tuscaloosa is
getting more than $2 million for a dozen officers.

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Tue July 28, 2009
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ASU Welcomes New President

Montgomery, AL – Dr. William Harris is accepting the call to lead Alabama State University as its 11th president.

Harris, who has served in the capacity as interim president for a year, is returning to his old post following the resignation of Joe A. Lee last May.

President Harris previously served as ASU president from 1994 -2000.

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Tue July 28, 2009
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Alabama Colleges Left Off List of Nation's Top Party Schools

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – (AP) - The party's over in Tuscaloosa: The
University of Alabama has fallen off a list of the nation's top
party schools.
The Princeton Review didn't include the Capstone in its annual
ranking of the top U.S. campuses for partying, which goes on sale
Alabama was ranked 19th on the list last year, and there was a
time when it was near the top. Bama ranked No. 2 nationally as a
party school in 2000.
But the school has tried to put more of a focus on academics,

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Mon July 27, 2009
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Area Military Personnel Help Schools Prepare for Opening

Montgomery,Alabama –
Over the weekend, military personnel and volunteers grabbed paint brushes and mops;they worked to help make some Montgomery Public Schools ready for the upcoming school year.

Nancy Beggs with the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce says the effort is part of a common goal: helping area schools during a tough economy.

Volunteers will head back out this weekend to work on more area schools. Anyone seeking volunteer information may call 264-3335.