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11:18am

Thu June 4, 2009
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Tri-County Area to Receive Disaster Funds

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) -Four Alabama counties have been given federal disaster status as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, and straight-line winds during the period of May 6-8.

President Barack Obama declared a federal disaster on Wednesday
for Autauga, Bullock, Elmore, and Montgomery counties. The declaration makes federal funds available for repair and replacement of facilities damaged by the storms.

11:13am

Thu June 4, 2009
WVAS Local

A Tuscaloosa Man Charged in Ten Year old Murder Case

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama –
(AP) - A man behind bars on drug charges has
been charged in the 1999 slaying of a 21-year-old Tuscaloosa mother
of two children.
Tuscaloosa Police Sgt. Kenny Ray Jenkins said it seemed like
Eric Horton had dropped off the face of the earth until he was
found at St. Clair Correctional Facility serving time on drug
charges. A grand jury issued a capital murder indictment against
Horton last month in the death of Stephanie Collins.
Collins was found dead on Moody Swamp Road in west Tuscaloosa on

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11:06am

Thu June 4, 2009
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SCLC Plans Poor People Campaign

JACKSON, Miss. –
(AP) - Interim Southern Christian Leadership
Conference President Rev. Byron Clay says he's been traveling
around the country, trying to mobilize marchers for his group's
renewed "Poor People's Campaign."
Clay says he's unsure how many will be drawn to Jackson for the
June 20 demonstration at the state Capitol.
Clay was in Jackson on Wednesday to announce details about the
campaign that is similar to the initiative Dr. Martin Luther King
was working on before he was killed 1968.

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10:59am

Thu June 4, 2009
WVAS Local

Thousands Expected For Concerts

Enterprise, Alabama –
(AP) - A peanut field in south Alabama becomes a vibrant go-to site for country music fans Thursday, with more than 100,000 people expected for the second annual Bama Jam.
The three-day event kicks off Thursday with Taylor Swift
headlining, followed by Alan Jackson on Friday, and Kid Rock and
Brooks and Dunn on Saturday.
There's also a liberal amount of rock and alternative music
mixed in, including the Black Crowes, Los Lonely Boys, Umphrey's
McGee and Drive By Truckers.

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9:41am

Wed June 3, 2009
WVAS Local

Birmingham City Council Legalizes Electronic Bingo

Birmingham, Alabama –
(AP) - The Birmingham City Council has voted to
legalize, regulate and tax electronic bingo, but it will be a month
before the first license is granted to nonprofit operators.
Mayor Larry Langford said he would wait 30 days to sign it after
the Jefferson County district attorney expressed concerns about
whether the machines ultimately will be declared illegal in the
state.
The policy was approved on a 4-1 vote.
District Attorney Brandon Falls asked the city for the delay to

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10:51am

Tue June 2, 2009
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Hurricane Katrina Motivates Study

New Orleans –

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10:14am

Mon June 1, 2009
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Alabama's Senators Consider Millions in Pet Projects

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Alabama's two U.S. senators - Richard
Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Republicans, each have about $400
million in funding requests for special projects in Alabama next
year.
The Birmingham News reviewed the requests and found that most of
them steered toward high-tech defense contractors and university
researchers.
This is the first year senators have been required to disclose
their earmark requests at the front end of the appropriations
process, well before the final bills are written.

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3:27pm

Fri May 29, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Double-Dipping Ruling

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a
lower court's decision on a policy that bans Alabama legislators
from working in the two-year college system.
The high court on Friday sent the case back to a Montgomery
circuit court, who had struck down the State Board of Education's
policy prohibiting the practice known as "double-dipping."
Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick had ruled in November that the
school board violated state law in passing the ban on

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8:20am

Fri May 29, 2009
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Alabama Senator Richard Shelby Critical of Government Assistance for General Motors

Washington – WASHINGTON (AP) - The ranking Republican on the Senate Banking
Committee says he believes the federal government's key role in a
likely bankruptcy filing by General Motors Corp. puts Washington
"on the road to socialism."
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said the financially beleaguered GM
should have filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy six months ago. And he
said the U.S. government's stake in the company now facing a
restructuring-or-bankruptcy deadline in the next few days is
entirely too large.

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8:13am

Fri May 29, 2009

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