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8:28am

Tue July 21, 2009
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Cooler Temperatures Prevail in Alabama

Birmingham,Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The July chill is setting records for
low temperatures across Alabama.
The National Weather Service said at least nine cities in
central Alabama had their lowest recorded temperatures ever for
July 20 on Monday morning. All had overnight lows in the mid- to
upper 50s. Pinson got down to 55 degrees, six degrees cooler than
the previous low of 61 in 1962.
It was just as cool in the Tennessee Valley region, and
overnight lows reached the mid-60s as far south as the coast.

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8:23am

Tue July 21, 2009
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Atlanta Officials Make Headway in Planned Civil and Human Rights Museum

Atlanta,Georgia –
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta City Council has cleared the way for
a civil and human rights museum to pay $11.5 million left on a loan
so the museum can acquire display rights to 10,000 documents
belonging to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
In the down economy, private fundraising has stalled to pay off
the original $32 million loan made in 2006 to buy the Morehouse
College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection.
Under a proposal approved by the council on Monday on a 12-0

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8:14am

Tue July 21, 2009
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Judge Closes Walker County Bingo Hall

Birmingham, Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge
has ordered a Walker County bingo hall to close immediately after
ruling its operation had not complied with county law.
Judge Robert Vance issued the order Monday against Helping Hands
Charity Bingo following a hearing last week. Vance has been
assigned several bingo cases, including Walker County cases and one
from Lowndes County.
Annette Graveman, an official with Helping Hands, said the hall

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11:21am

Mon July 20, 2009
WVAS Local

Court Battle Pending Concerning ASEA

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Court records and tax returns show a
deferred compensation plan for state government employees has
become a major source of funds for an influential lobbying group
that represents the workers at the Alabama Legislature.
Nationwide Retirement Solutions provides the plan for state
workers. It has filed court papers saying it was prepared to pay
nearly $433,000 to the Alabama State Employees Association last
week, but held off because of litigation over the deferred
compensation plan.

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9:48am

Mon July 20, 2009
WVAS Local

Tuskegee University Extends Deadline in Presidential Search

Tuskegee, Alabama –
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - The executive director of Tuskegee
University's presidential search committee says the deadline for
accepting applications for the position has been extended until
July 31.
Charlotte Morris said the university also has put out a request
for proposals to hire a search firm to assist the efforts to find
the school's sixth president.
Applications will be evaluated by a presidential search
committee appointed by the university's board of trustees.

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7:33am

Mon July 20, 2009
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State Residents Anticipate Tax Free Holiday

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is getting ready for its fourth
annual sales tax holiday on Aug. 7-9
The state government is waiving its 4 percent sales tax on
back-to-school items purchased between 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7
and midnight Sunday, Aug. 9.
The state Revenue Department reports that many cities and
counties are also waving their local sales taxes for the weekend.
The state's most populous county, Jefferson County, is not
participating this year. County officials say the anticipated

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11:37am

Fri July 17, 2009
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Alabama's Unemployment At Highest Mark in 25 Years

Montgomery,Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment has gone into
double digits and is at its highest mark in 25 years.
The state Department of Industrial Relations reported Friday
that Alabama's rate rose to 10.1 percent for June. The rate had
been 9.8 percent in May. Alabama's rate for June was higher than
the national measure of 9.5 percent.
The last time Alabama had unemployment as high as 10.1 percent
was May, June and July of 1984.
State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Alabama's

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10:52am

Fri July 17, 2009
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Train Jumps Track in Downtown Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police and Firemedics are at the scene of an incident involving a CSX transport train and a dump truck.

Just after 8 o'clock this morning units were called to the area of 1001 North Court Street with reports of a collision involving a slow moving train and a dump truck.

Reports from Montgomery Firemedics indicate there was one minor injury, that to the driver of the dump truck, as the engine of the train and the dump truck collided.

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7:30am

Fri July 17, 2009
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Montgomery Man Charged in Double Homicide

Montgomery, Alabama – A 30 year old Montgomery man is charged with the murder of two sisters early Friday morning.

Charlie Perdue is being held charged with two counts of capital murder and one count of attempted murder.

Police allege Purdue shot 29 year old Valentia Henderson and her sister, 27 year old Lasandra Henderson, to death outside the Sandy Street home of their brother, 31 year old Jermain Henderson.

Jermaine Henderson is in critical conditions following the shooting.

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11:20am

Wed July 15, 2009
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Republicans Pick Up Seat in Alabama House

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - Republicans have picked up another seat in the Alabama House.
Republican businessman Phil Williams defeated Democrat Jenny
Askins in a special election for the House District 6 seat in
Madison County on Tuesday.
Williams carried 60 percent of the vote and will replace
Democratic Rep. Sue Schmitz. She was automatically removed from
office after being convicted on federal fraud charges earlier this
year.
It was the GOP's second legislative victory of the summer in

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