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State patrol officers say four people were killed in crashes in Alabama during the Fourth of July travel period. Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say they investigated 434 traffic crashes, which resulted in 154 injuries. The four traffic fatalities don't include traffic accidents that were investigated by other law enforcement agencies.
Junior Police Academy
The Montgomery Police Department's annual Junior Police Academy kicks off this week. Its a chance for rising 6th graders to spend a week learning about the MPD and the city. Community Policing Supervisor, Sgt. Patrice Toles says the academy is packed with several activities. Those participating in the program will have a graduation ceremony at the end of the academy.
A new video campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation seeks to refute the argument that smoke-free policies at establishments like restaurants and bars hurt business. The video features business owners talking about their experiences operating under local smoke-free laws. The state does ban smoking in all government buildings. Alabama is one of nine states spotlighted in the video. Nearly, all of the states included in the campaign lack substantial statewide smoking restrictions and have high rates of smoking and smoking-related disease.
Secretary of State Beth Chapman is taking a political consulting job with the Alabama Farmers Federation when she resigns her public office at the end of the month. Federation officials say Chapman will start her new job Aug. 1st and work through the 2014 election. The Alabama Farmers Federation is the sister organization of Alfa insurance and its political action committee is a major contributor to Alabama political campaigns.