Tue March 24, 2009
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State Lawmakers Debate Tax On Food

Montgomery,Alabama –
(AP) - Alabama legislators are set to debate proposed legislation that would remove the state's four percent sales tax from the purchase of groceries.
The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Knight of Montgomery is the first item scheduled for debate on the work agenda in the House for Tuesday. The bill is supported by Democrats in the House, the black caucus and advocacy groups for low income residents.
The bill would replace the lost income by removing the current deduction for federal income taxes paid from some taxpayers.

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Mon March 23, 2009
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Federal Government Asks Gulf Shores to Return Clean Up Money

Gulf Shores, Alabama –
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Gulf Shores have been told
that government auditors want the city to return nearly $9.8
million used for cleanup after Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security has scrutinized city records for more than a
year. On Thursday, Gulf Shores received official notice that the
government's auditors have recommended that the Federal Emergency
Management Agency seek repayment of $9.73 million paid to the city

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Mon March 23, 2009
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Alabama Lawmakers Consider Bingo Bill

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Several groups that hold bingo games to raise money for their charitable causes aren't happy about a proposed state law that would limit electronic bingo. The law would limit electronic bingo to 10 electronic bingo halls in seven
Alabama counties.

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Thu March 19, 2009
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Budget Problems Hit Baldwin County Schools

Montgomery, Alabama – GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - A Baldwin County School Board vote is
expected soon on closing two schools - Vaughn Elementary and the
Alternative School.
A vote could come Thursday. The move is to help ease the blow of
state-mandated budget cuts that are costing the local systems
millions of dollars.
Closing the schools is expected to save the board close to $2.5
million next year, according to school board documents.
Vaughn Elementary in Stockton cost the board $1.2 million to

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Wed March 18, 2009
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Wed March 18, 2009
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More Funerals Held for Shooting Victims

Samson, Alabama –
(AP) - Hundreds of people filled a church in Samson
for a memorial service for four of the 10 people who were slain
during a shooting rampage in south Alabama last week.
The victims remembered Tuesday were all relatives of the alleged
gunman, Michael McLendon. Pastors urged mourners to make Samson a
town known for love rather than the violence that claimed so many
A long funeral procession headed by emergency vehicles led four
hearses through town after the memorial.

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Wed March 18, 2009
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Infant Drowns in Bathtub

Ozark,Alabama – (AP) - Authorities in Ozark said an infant drowned in a bathtub.
Dale County Cororner Woody Hilboldt says 10-month-old Marie Otero went under early Tuesday at her home on Campground Road.
Police said the baby was taken to Dale Medical Center where hospital personnel spent about an hour trying to revive her with CPR.
Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said the infant's death was ruled an accident.
The incident remains under investigation.


Wed March 18, 2009
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Energy Efficiency Could Spell Jobs Across the South

Knoxville,Tennessee –
(AP) - A new report says 13 Appalachian states could create thousands of jobs and save billions of dollars in energy costs if they aggressively pursued a strategy of energy efficiency.
That's according to a report for the Appalachian Regional Commission being released Wednesday.
The report prepared by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance says that if left unchecked, energy consumption in Appalachia will rise 28 percent by 2030 - far outpacing the nation as a whole and requiring as many as 40 new coal-fired power plants.

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Tue March 17, 2009
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Judge Says No in Former Alabama A&M President's Lawsuit

Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - An Etowah County circuit judge has dismissed the lawsuit former Alabama A&M University President Robert R. Jennings filed against the board of trustees over his
Circuit Judge Anthony Clark Hall, appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to preside over the case, granted a request by the board's attorney to dismiss the suit. The board said it is immune from such suits.
Hall's decision was dated March 7.

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