Mon July 13, 2009
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Alabama May Have to Pay Interest on Tax Refunds

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama and Georgia are scrambling to
get tax refunds issued before they have to pay interest on them.
Both states have laws requiring them to pay interest to
taxpayers who filed by the April 15 deadline but don't get their
refunds within 90 days. That deadline is Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Georgia Department of Revenue says it
appears some interest may have to be paid. But Alabama Revenue
Commissioner Tim Russell says his department is rushing to get all
refunds issued by Wednesday and avoid interest.

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Mon July 13, 2009


Fri July 10, 2009
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Jury Recommends Life in Prison for Mother in Death of 6-Year-Old Son

Russellville, AL – (AP) - A jury has recommended that a
northwest Alabama mother be sentenced to life in prison without
parole for the murder of her 6-year-old son.
Jurors made the recommendation Friday in the case of 30-year-old
Christie Scott. The Franklin County woman was convicted Wednesday
of capital murder in the death of 6-year-old Mason Scott, who was
killed in a house fire last year.
Relatives asked jurors to spare Scott's life. Prosecutors sought
the death penalty.

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Fri July 10, 2009


Wed July 8, 2009
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State Health Officials Cite Tuscaloosa Company for Violations

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health
is proposing a $650 civil penalty against BFGoodrich Tire
Manufacturing of Tuscaloosa.
Health officials released a statement Tuesday saying the company
violated State Board of Health rules.
The department identified the violation when BFGoodrich reported
in May that two devices containing radioactive sources were missing
from the Tuscaloosa plant site. They were discovered missing in
April and were last accounted for in October 2008.

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Wed July 8, 2009
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PSC President Lucy Baxley Suffers Broken Hip

Montgomery,Alabama –
(AP) - Public Service Commission President Lucy
Baxley has fallen and broken her hip.
Baxley's executive assistant, Lisa Parrish, said she fell
Tuesday morning while getting in the car to go to work. She went
ahead to work, attended a PSC meeting and other meetings, but began
to feel increasing pain around noon.
Parrish said Baxley went to Jackson Hospital in Montgomery.
Doctors determined she had broken her hip and began surgery late
Tuesday afternoon.

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Tue July 7, 2009
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Three Macon County Men Die in Boating Accident

Tallassee, Alabama – Macon County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating the deaths of three men believed to have drowned after their fishing boat capsized.

Witnesses told officials the men were on a fishing boat on a pond in Macon County when the front end of the boat sank into the water. The men were heard screaming for help.

The victims are identified as 34 year old Gregory Levett, 41 year old Calvin Bell and 51 year old Huey Bennett. All three lived in Macon County.


Tue July 7, 2009
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Judge Price Declines Bid for Governor

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles
Price says he won't run for governor.
Some leaders of the black wing of the state Democratic Party,
the Alabama Democratic Conference, had been encouraging Price to
enter next year's Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Artur Davis
and Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks. Price said Monday he
appreciated the encouragement and gave the contest serious thought.
But he said he's been a judge 26 years and that's what he wants
to continue to do.

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Tue July 7, 2009
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Fourth of July Weekend Yields Thousands of Violations

Montgomery,Alabama –
(AP) - Alabama state troopers report they made
152 drunken driving arrests and issued slightly more than 3,000
speeding tickets during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
A trooper spokesman, Cpl. Steve Jarrett, says troopers also
issued nearly 1,100 seat belt citations and 84 citations for child
restraint violations.
The state Department of Public Safety used extra patrols during
the busy weekend to try to keep down accidents. State troopers

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Tue July 7, 2009
WVAS Local

Contract Negotiations Underway for New Superintendent

Montgomery, Alabama – The newly tapped superintendent for Montgomery Public Schools has begun discussions with the board about her new contract.

Dr. Barbara Thompson has participated in a conference call with Montgomery County Board of Education President Beverly Ross and two other board members.

Thompson is coming to Montgomery from the New Glaris, Wisconsin school system.

The exact amount that Thompson will receive has not been announced. Montgomery's former school superintendent, Mr. John Dilworth received a base salary of$155,000.