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9:25am

Fri June 19, 2009
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Scrushy Ordered to Pay Billions to Shareholders

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –

(AP) - A circuit judge has ordered former
HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to pay about $2.8 billion to
shareholders due to accounting fraud at the rehabilitation chain.
Circuit Judge Allwin E. Horn ruled in favor of HealthSouth
shareholders who filed a civil suit claiming Scrushy was involved
in a massive accounting fraud that nearly sent the company into
bankruptcy.
Scrushy was acquitted in a federal criminal case over the fraud
and testified in the state civil suit that he knew nothing about
it.

9:19am

Fri June 19, 2009
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Unemployment Numbers in Alabama Ease Up

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate jumped to
9.8 percent for May.
The April rate had been 9.0 percent. The state Department of
Industrial Relations says May's figure represents nearly 209,000
unemployed people.
Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Friday the nation
is still gripped in a serious recession and Alabama is not immune
from its effects.
Counties with the lowest unemployment were Shelby at 6.6
percent, Madison at 6.9 percent, and Coffee at 7.4 percent. The

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7:54am

Thu June 18, 2009
WVAS Local

Police Seek Missing Woman

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police are asking for the public's help finding a woman who has been missing since Tuesday.

61 year old Mary McKenzie was last seen leaving her home on the 900 block of Garland Drive around 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.

McKenzie is a Black female, 5 feet 5 inches tall weighing about 160 pounds. When last seen, Ms. McKenzie was wearing an orange shirt, brown pants and gray shoes.

Officials say she suffers with dementia. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police.

7:38am

Thu June 18, 2009
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State Personnel Board Cancels Contract with Nationwide

Montgomery. Alabama –
(AP) - The State Personnel Board is canceling a
contract with Nationwide Insurance company to provide a deferred
compensation plan for active and retired state workers in Alabama.
The board voted 3-0 Wednesday to cancel the contract because
board members said the company is not providing financial
information they want. The cancellation will take effect in six
months. Board members said they will have another deferred
compensation plan in place by then.

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7:33am

Thu June 18, 2009
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Court Rules Healthsouth Not Responsible for Scrushy's Legal Fees

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –
(AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled
against former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy's challenge to a
$445 million settlement in 2006 between the health rehabilitation
company and some of its investors.
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on
Wednesday denied Scrushy's claim that the settlement should have
left open the possibility of HealthSouth paying his legal bills or
reimbusing him for anything he is ordered to pay investors.

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7:23am

Thu June 18, 2009
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11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Veterans' Case

Atlanta, Georgia –
ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court says two Vietnam veterans
cannot get monetary damages in a lawsuit over a 2007 computer
security breach at the Birmingham, Ala., VA hospital.
An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Wednesday that
Jim Henry Perkins and Jessie Frank Qualls had to prove actual
damages from the disappearance of a hard drive containing Social
Security numbers and healthcare files of 198,000 living veterans.
The decision upholds a ruling by U.S. District Judge Inge P.

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9:36am

Wed June 17, 2009
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State Officials Promote the Black Belt Region

Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - A new initiative seeks to take advantage
of what's abundant in the economically depressed Black Belt region
of central and west Alabama - deer, fish, ducks, rich soil and wide
open spaces.
A group of government officials, business owners and wildlife
activists announced Tuesday the effort to promote outdoor
activities across 22 mostly rural, low income counties. The region
is known as Alabama's Black Belt because of it's band of rich,
black soil.

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9:29am

Wed June 17, 2009
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Montgomery Police Make Arrests in the City's Latest Murder

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police say more arrests are probable in the weekend death of a Montgomery teenager.

25 year old Peter Mungro and 17 year old Marvin Gaston are charged with capital murder in the death of 19 year old Terrance Ponder.

Ponder was fatally wounded Saturday night when he and the driver of the vehicle in which he rode were engaged in a shootout with occupants of another vehicle traveling on the Boulevard near Narrow Lane road late Saturday night.

There is no word on a motive in the shooting.

9:56am

Tue June 16, 2009
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Democrat Artur Davis Announces New Support in His Bid for Governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. –
(AP) - One of Alabama's biggest campaign contributors and best-known plaintiff lawyers, former Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley, has agreed to be chairman of U.S. Rep. Artur Davis' Democratic campaign for governor.
Beasley announced his position in a conference call arranged
Monday by Davis' campaign.
Beasley called Davis "the ideal candidate for the time."
Davis faces state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks in the
Democratic primary next June. Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is also

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9:50am

Tue June 16, 2009
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Rublican Tim James Announces Support in Race for Governor

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James is lining up support from people who helped former Chief Justice Roy Moore run for governor in 2006.
Campaign spokesman Brett Hall said Monday that former state Sen.
Roy Smith of Gadsden has agreed to lead James' campaign in Etowah County. Smith served as co-chairman of the We Need Moore 2006 Committee when Moore ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for governor that year. Moore is running again this time.

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