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9:55am

Thu March 12, 2009
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Shooter Left a List

Montgomery, Alabama – SAMSON, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say the gunman who killed 10
people and committed suicide in a rampage across the Alabama
countryside had struggled to keep a job and left behind lists of
employers and co-workers he believed had wronged him.
District Attorney Gary McAliley says the lists found in Michael
McLendon's home included a metals plant that had forced him to
resign years ago and where he ended up killing himself Tuesday to
end the rampage.
At a prayer service at First Baptist Church of Samson on

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11:18am

Wed March 11, 2009
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More Alabamians Left Jobless

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's January unemployment rate soared to 7.8 percent. That's compared to December's rate of 6.5 percent.
Alabama Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said January's
figure represents 167,774 unemployed Alabamians.
He said the state lost 40,700 jobs in January with most
occurring in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.
Wilcox County leads Alabama in unemployment for January with
19.5 percent, Chambers at 17.9 and Dallas at 17.3 percent. The

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11:04am

Wed March 11, 2009

10:43am

Wed March 11, 2009
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Montgomerians Elect Strange for Mayor

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery County Commission Chairman Todd Strange garnered 53 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election securing a win in the special election to name Montgomery's next mayor.

During his acceptance speech, Strange said he would, "rule this city with a benevolent policy, one that will be inclusive and one that will unify all of the city".

Political newcomer, Michael Briddell, earned 33 percent of the ballots cast by voters.

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10:23am

Wed March 11, 2009
WVAS Local

Schools Slated for Closure Will Remain Open

Montgomery, Alabama – The Montgomery County Board of Education is reversing its decision to close to area schools.

Hayneville Road Elementary and Pintlala Elementary schools will be able to keep their doors open if the Board receives help from the Alabama Legislature.

Board officials say the school may remain open if they system receives $1.4 million by May 1,2009.

Paterson Elementary, the third school that the Board named for closure, remains slated to shut down.

10:12am

Wed March 11, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

Montgomery,Alabama – Listen,now,to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom this Wednesday, March 11,2009.

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2:18am

Wed March 11, 2009
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20 Miles of Terror in South Alabama, Gunman Kills 10 People

Geneva, Alabama – It's being called worst crime spree in Alabama's immediate history; 28 year old Michael Kenneth McLendon killed ten people in South Alabama during a one hour shooting spree covering two communities. Alabama Department of Public Safety Colonel J. Christopher Murphy says McLendon allegedly began by killing his 52 year old mother, Lisa White McLendon, leaving her body in a burning home.

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10:09am

Tue March 10, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Undergoes Budget Cuts

Montgomery, Alabama – The next mayor of Montgomery will grapple with a disturbing trend sales tax revenues in the Capital City are down 11.3 percent for January.

This as neighboring Prattville reports a 70 percent increase in sales tax revenue collections.

Montgomery's sales tax revenue is down about $4 million from this time last year. Interim Mayor Charles Jingright has placed the city under a two percent budget cut for all departments that could free up about $3 million.

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8:40am

Tue March 10, 2009
WVAS Local

Low Voter Turnout Predicted, Despite Optimism

Montgomery, Alabama – The polls are open in Montgomery as residents pick the next mayor of the capital city. Election officials are hoping for a larger turnout, but if absentee ballots are any indication,that won't happen.

Montgomery Election Center officials say just shy of 490 absentee ballots were turned in by Friday. While Monday was the final day to turn absentee ballots in, the Montgomery Election Center says it will accept absentee ballots that arrive in the mail by noon today. In the last mayoral election, only 34 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

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8:36am

Tue March 10, 2009
WVAS Local

WVAS Newscast

Montgomery,Alabama – Listen,now, to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom this Tuesday, March 10,2009. Send your news items to Tana Shealey via e-mail at tshealey@alasu.edu or call the newsroom at 334-229-4783.

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