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12:26am

Fri April 17, 2009
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Sessions Supports Troop Withdrawal Pace

Montgomery, Alabama – Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions says he supports the Obama administration's focus on Afghanistan and lowering U.S. troop levels in Iraq.

Sessions, who serves on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, has just returned from a trip to the Middle East.

Sessions says America will "muddle through" the
current economic downturn.
He was critical of the economic stimulus plan because he
believes it would grow the national deficit which has surged to
$1.8 trillion.

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11:57am

Thu April 16, 2009
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Smitherman Plans to Remain in State Senate

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The president pro tem of the Alabama Senate, Democrat Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham, says he won't run for Congress next year.
Smitherman had considered the 7th Congressional District seat
being vacated by Democrat Artur Davis of Birmingham. But he
announced Thursday in Montgomery that he needs to focus on his
state duties during difficult economic times.
Smitherman said the challenges facing the state are monumental,
and he accepted the position of Senate president pro tem in

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11:53am

Thu April 16, 2009
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8:25am

Thu April 16, 2009
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Budgets Win Committee Approval

Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's 5.6 billion dollar Education Budget and 2.6 billion dollar General Fund budget made it through Legislative committees Wednesday.

The General Fund spending plan includes more than 1billion dollars from the federal stimulus plan.

House Government Appropriations Committee Chairman John Knight, (D) Montgomery, says even with the federal dollars, spending will still be tight for many state agencies.

8:21am

Thu April 16, 2009
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Tuscaloosa College Plans Purchase of State Property

Tuscaloosa, Alabama –
(AP) - The University of Alabama might have to pay more than $80 million to purchase the 188-acre Bryce Hospital property for any future expansion of its campus.
Former state Mental Health Commissioner Kathy Sawyer is conducting a study that has found the cost of relocating Bryce's 300 or so residents in Tuscaloosa County and duplicating the hospital's services would be in the mid-$80 million range.
An appraisal valued the property at $43 million three years ago.

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8:10am

Thu April 16, 2009
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Alabama Legislative Action

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:
COMMITTEES
-House Government Appropriations Committee approved a General
Fund budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Goes to House.
-House Government Appropriations Committee approved a bill that
would allow the Legislative Building Authority to use land and
arrange financing to build legislative chambers and offices at the
rear of the Capitol in downtown Montgomery. Goes to House.

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12:09am

Thu April 16, 2009
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Prison Officials Prepare for Execution of a Death Row Inmate

Atmore, Alabama –
(AP) - Convicted killer Jimmy Lee Dill faces lethal
injection at Holman prison as attorneys await a decision from the
Alabama Supreme Court on his bid for a stay of execution.
The 49-year-old Dill is scheduled for lethal injection at 6 p.m.
tonight.
The Birmingham man has been on death row nearly 20 years. He has
been moved to a special cell next to the execution room and visited
his two brothers and other family members.
Prosecutors say he has exhausted appeals of his May 24, 1989,

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8:12am

Wed April 15, 2009
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Latest Actions in Alabama Legislature

Montgomery, Alabama – Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

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11:30am

Tue April 14, 2009
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Power Crews Work to Restore Power

Montgomery, Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Thousands of Alabama Power customers
statewide remain without electricity after storms downed trees and
powerlines.
Alabama Power spokeswoman Keisa Sharpe said crews hope to
restore service by Tuesday night to most of the 61,686 customers
who were without power. A total of 33,300 customers were in
Birmingham area.
Sharpe said several Birmingham area residents might be without
power until Wednesday evening.
A total of 22,290 customers were without power in the Tuscaloosa

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10:59am

Tue April 14, 2009
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