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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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9:41am

Tue June 16, 2009
WVAS Local

Jefferson County Commissioner Seeks 7th District Congressional Seat

Birmingham, Alabama – Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot is officially running to serve Alabama 7th Congressional District.

The seat is currently held by Representative Artur Davis of Birmingham who is campaigning for Governor.

Smoot has served the Jefferson County Commission since 2002. She is a former reporter for television station WBRC in Birmingham.

9:30am

Tue June 16, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Woman Wins Millions in Claim Against Baptist Health

Montgomery, Alabama – A Montgomery County Jury has awarded 3 million dollars to a woman in a claim against Baptist Medical Center East.

The jury sided with Kay Davis who filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the death of her mother, Lauree Ellison. Ellison died 4 years ago.

Baptist Health officials plan to appeal the verdict.

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9:26am

Tue June 16, 2009
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Alabama Based Health South Rehabilitation Company named in National Settlement

Lansing, Michigan –
(AP) - Michigan is part of a $109 million
national settlement with Ernst & Young stemming from allegations
the New York-based firm did not detect accounting fraud involving
more than a dozen HealthSouth Corp. executives.
State Attorney General Mike Cox and Treasurer Robert Kleine
announced the settlement Monday.
Michigan officials say the settlement is one of the largest
against an outside auditor in a class-action securities fraud case.
Michigan will get an undetermined amount of the $109 million for

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9:21am

Tue June 16, 2009
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Lowndes County Resident Announces Candidacy

Montgomery, Alabama –
Lowndes county resident Charlie King is running for the Alabama District 69 House seat which serves residents in Dallas, Lowndes and Wilcox counties.

King says his 24 years of county government service make him the best candidate for the job.

Alabama House District 69 is currently served by Representative James Thomas who has announced he will run for the senate seat being vacated by Alabama Senator Hank Sanders.

9:13am

Tue June 16, 2009
WVAS Local

Students Debate Issues in Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - About 3,500 students are in the Birmingham area this week to compete in the 2009 National Forensic League's speech and debate tournament. Students at the weeklong event are expected to debate about controversial issues, from
politics to current events.

8:42am

Mon June 15, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Violators Ticketed for Parking on Lawns

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Officials say city inspectors have
ticketed 85 people in the first eight days of enforcing a new
Montgomery ordinance against parking cars in the front yard.
The $50 fines can be appealed but photos of the violations are
kept on file and will be shown to municipal court judges who hear
contested cases.
Montgomery officials said the goal is not to raise revenue but
to discourage people from parking in front yards.
City Councilman Charles Smith sponsored the ordinance and said

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8:39am

Mon June 15, 2009
WVAS Local

Study Shows Alabama Ranked Second in Gun Deaths

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Alabama has been ranked second in a
national study on gun deaths per capita.
The five states topping the list were Louisiana, Alabama,
Alaska, Mississippi and Nevada, according to the Violence Policy
Center. The study looked at states with high gun ownership coupled
with what it called weak gun laws.
In states that fit that definition, gun death rates far exceed
the national rate of 10.32 per 100,000 residents, according to data
from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's

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8:33am

Mon June 15, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Man Dies Following Shootout on a City Street

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery police are investigating the capital city's latest homicide.

19 year old Terrance Ponder is dead after being shot in his head and back. Police believe Ponder and another teenaged man were shot during a shootout that happened while the victims and the suspects were driving on the West South Boulevard Saturday night.

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