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.


Mon July 27, 2009
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Janitor at State House Arrested with Drugs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State legislators are calling for an
investigation and review of personnel practices since learning that
a Statehouse employee kept his job for nearly two years after he
was questioned about leaving marijuana and drug paraphernalia in
one of their offices.
Lawmakers also say they want to know why they were not informed
of the incident involving maintenance worker Lorenza Hooks for
years and wonder if a cover up and more people were involved.

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Mon July 27, 2009
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IndyCar Racing Coming to Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - IndyCar racing is coming to Alabama. Gov. Bob Riley was scheduled to be in the Birmingham area Monday to announce that the Barber Motorsports Park will play host to open-wheel racing starting next year.
Reports say the race will be called the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Promoters hope it will attract as many as 100,000 people to the track, located east of downtown Birmingham near Leeds.
Indy cars conducted two days of testing at the Barber Motorsports Park earlier this year.

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Fri July 24, 2009
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Tuskegee Police Question A Suspect in Wednesday Murder

Tuskegee, Alabama – Tuskegee Police have made an arrest in a Wednesday night murder. Officials say they are questioning a suspect, but are not releasing a name. We have learned that the victim in the shooting late Wednesday is 23 year old man, LeAntonio Fields of Tuskegee. Fields was fatally shot following an altercation in the Ridgeview community. Tuskegee police are looking for a second suspect in this murder, but they are not releasing details.

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Fri July 24, 2009
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The Justice Department Files Suit Against a Clanton Apartment Comples

Clanton,Alabama –
CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - The Justice Department is suing the owner
and two employees of a 72-unit apartment complex in Clanton for
allegedly discriminating against blacks when renting apartments.
The lawsuit announced claims Kenneth R. "Ken" Scott and
Frankie L. Roberson told white individuals posing as renters that a
major selling point of Rolling Oaks Apartments was the lack of
black tenants and that the apartments had adopted policies intended
to discourage blacks from applying. Owner Chandi Biswas is also

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Wed July 22, 2009
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Democrat Myron Penn Will Not Seek Re-election

Montgomery, Alabama – Senate Senator Myron Penn (Dem) of Union Springs says he will not seek another term in office next year.

Penn, who serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he wants to devote more time to his law practice and his family.

Former Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford and State Representative Billy Beasley have announced plans to run for the seat.


Wed July 22, 2009
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Governor Considers Special Session to Help Jefferson County

Montgomery, Alabama –
Governor Bob Riley says he is considering calling state lawmakers into a special session to help Jefferson County deal with its financial woes.

The Governor says he will act swiftly because Jefferson County officials expect to run out of money to make payroll in late August.


Tue July 21, 2009
WVAS Local

Census Figures Offer Snapshot of 2008 Voters

Montgomery,Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - U.S. Census figures show almost 190,000
more women than men went to the polls in Alabama in the 2008
presidential election.
The census figures released Monday show that 1,843,000 women
voted compared to 1,654,000 men in the 2008 presidential election.
That means 65 percent of women registered to vote went to the polls
in Alabama compared to 56 percent of registered male voters.
In the 2008 election when Barack Obama was elected to be the

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Tue July 21, 2009
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Domestic Violence Is A Constant Threat

Montgomery, Alabama – A Montgomery man is hospitalized and his two sisters are dead following a shooting last week which police believe was sparked by domestic violence.

Family Sunshine Center spokeswoman Melanie Beasley says last week's event evidences the tragedy that is domestic violence.

The Family Sunshine Center reports that each year more than 1,200 women in the United States are murdered by their intimate partners.

The Family Sunshine Center operates a -24- hour hot line at 1-800-650-6522.