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8:42am

Tue February 10, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama Takes Drug Company To Court

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Opening statements are to be given in
the trial of the state of Alabama's lawsuit accusing generic drug
producer Sandoz Inc. of overpricing.
Attorneys for the state and for Sandoz will give the opening
statements beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Montgomery County Circuit
Judge Charles Price's courtroom.
A jury of eight men and six women was chosen Monday to hear the
trial. The jury includes two alternates.
Sandoz is one of more than 70 companies the state sued in 2005

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8:38am

Tue February 10, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Neighborhood Associations Hold Mayoral Forum

Montgomery, Alabama – A group of neighborhood associations in Montgomery is planning their second mayoral forum this evening.

Calling it the "Montgomery Super Tuesday Power Debates" organizers will hold a candidates forum this evening at the Golden Lady Complex at 2530 E. South Boulevard. The event gets underway at 6:30 and is free and open to the public.

The Montgomery mayoral election will be held March 10th.

8:33am

Tue February 10, 2009
Top Stories

Trial for State Lawmaker Begins

Decatur, Alabama –

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8:29am

Tue February 10, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery Man Convicted of Reckless Murder in the Death of a Three Year Old

Montgomery, Alabama – A guilty verdict is handed down by a Montgomery jury in the case of a three year old boy's death.

A jury Monday found 23 year old Sean Howard guilty of reckless murder in the shooting death of 3 year old Sequoyah Jackson. The little boy was hit by a stray bullet while playing in his Regency Park neighborhood last year.

Howard had been charged with capital murder, but the jury returned the reckless murder verdict after deliberating for much of Friday and Monday in the case.

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1:34am

Mon February 9, 2009
Top Stories

Alabama Legislature Reconvenes Tuesday

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature convenes Tuesday
for a recession-driven session with less money to spend.
Alabama legislators go into the session expecting to have to cut
the education budget for the second year in a row - something no
current member of the Legislature has ever had to do.
The school budget shrank from $6.7 billion in fiscal 2008 to
$6.3 billion this year. But the governor has had to slice it to
$6.0 billion due to dwindling tax collections. The Legislature's

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7:45am

Fri February 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Three Auburn Girls Die of Same Rare Illness

Auburn,Alabama – AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Extensive tests by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in Atlanta show that three young Auburn
girls who died suddenly last year were all struck by the same rare
illness.
Lee County coroner Bill Harris said 7-year-old Katherine
Langford, 10-year-old Kaylee Allison and 7-year-old Brianea Thomas
died from Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, in
June, August and November, respectively.
He said the deaths have been ruled natural and the families did

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7:39am

Fri February 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Sentator Rodger Smitherman Elevated to a New Post

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham Democratic Sen. Rodger
Smitherman has been elected president pro tem of the Alabama
Senate. Union Grove Democrat Hinton Mitchem resigned the position
Thursday. The president pro tem is the top spot that a senator can
hold.

7:36am

Fri February 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Police Honor Fallen Officer

Montgomery,Alabama – Montgomery Police are planning to honor one of its fallen officers this afternoon. Officials will place the name of Joshua P. Broadway on the monument honoring fallen officers located in front of Montgomery Police Headquarters.

Broadway was on duty last month when his Police cruiser was struck by another vehicle. He died almost two weeks later.

7:29am

Fri February 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama Lawmakers Ponder Bill Banning Texting While Driving

Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee has voted to ban
text messaging while driving in Alabama.
The House Public Safety Committee approved a bill by Rep. Jim
McClendon on Thursday without any dissent.
That bill drew support from the National Safety Council. It
would levy a $25 fine for a first violation. The bill now goes to
the House for consideration. The Republican representative from
Springville says the bill has a good chance of passing because
people see text messaging as a dangerous distraction.

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7:23am

Fri February 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Bill to Remove Tax on Food Clears Hurdle

Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposal to remove the state's 4
percent tax from groceries has passed the first hurdle in the
Alabama Legislature.
The bill by Rep. John Knight of Montgomery was approved Thursday
morning on a voice vote with several members expressing opposition.
A bill to remove the tax from food purchases passed the House last
year, but was defeated in the Senate.
The bill is a constitutional amendment and would have to be
approved by Alabama voters if it passes the Legislature.

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