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Tue July 28, 2009
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ASU Welcomes New President

Montgomery, AL – Dr. William Harris is accepting the call to lead Alabama State University as its 11th president.

Harris, who has served in the capacity as interim president for a year, is returning to his old post following the resignation of Joe A. Lee last May.

President Harris previously served as ASU president from 1994 -2000.

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Mon July 27, 2009
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Area Military Personnel Help Schools Prepare for Opening

Montgomery,Alabama –
Over the weekend, military personnel and volunteers grabbed paint brushes and mops;they worked to help make some Montgomery Public Schools ready for the upcoming school year.

Nancy Beggs with the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce says the effort is part of a common goal: helping area schools during a tough economy.

Volunteers will head back out this weekend to work on more area schools. Anyone seeking volunteer information may call 264-3335.


Tue July 21, 2009
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Census Figures Offer Snapshot of 2008 Voters

Montgomery,Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - U.S. Census figures show almost 190,000
more women than men went to the polls in Alabama in the 2008
presidential election.
The census figures released Monday show that 1,843,000 women
voted compared to 1,654,000 men in the 2008 presidential election.
That means 65 percent of women registered to vote went to the polls
in Alabama compared to 56 percent of registered male voters.
In the 2008 election when Barack Obama was elected to be the

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Tue July 21, 2009
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Domestic Violence Is A Constant Threat

Montgomery, Alabama – A Montgomery man is hospitalized and his two sisters are dead following a shooting last week which police believe was sparked by domestic violence.

Family Sunshine Center spokeswoman Melanie Beasley says last week's event evidences the tragedy that is domestic violence.

The Family Sunshine Center reports that each year more than 1,200 women in the United States are murdered by their intimate partners.

The Family Sunshine Center operates a -24- hour hot line at 1-800-650-6522.


Mon July 20, 2009
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Court Battle Pending Concerning ASEA

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Court records and tax returns show a
deferred compensation plan for state government employees has
become a major source of funds for an influential lobbying group
that represents the workers at the Alabama Legislature.
Nationwide Retirement Solutions provides the plan for state
workers. It has filed court papers saying it was prepared to pay
nearly $433,000 to the Alabama State Employees Association last
week, but held off because of litigation over the deferred
compensation plan.

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Mon July 20, 2009
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Tuskegee University Extends Deadline in Presidential Search

Tuskegee, Alabama –
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - The executive director of Tuskegee
University's presidential search committee says the deadline for
accepting applications for the position has been extended until
July 31.
Charlotte Morris said the university also has put out a request
for proposals to hire a search firm to assist the efforts to find
the school's sixth president.
Applications will be evaluated by a presidential search
committee appointed by the university's board of trustees.

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Fri July 17, 2009
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Alabama's Unemployment At Highest Mark in 25 Years

Montgomery,Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment has gone into
double digits and is at its highest mark in 25 years.
The state Department of Industrial Relations reported Friday
that Alabama's rate rose to 10.1 percent for June. The rate had
been 9.8 percent in May. Alabama's rate for June was higher than
the national measure of 9.5 percent.
The last time Alabama had unemployment as high as 10.1 percent
was May, June and July of 1984.
State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Alabama's

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Wed July 15, 2009
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Republicans Pick Up Seat in Alabama House

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - Republicans have picked up another seat in the Alabama House.
Republican businessman Phil Williams defeated Democrat Jenny
Askins in a special election for the House District 6 seat in
Madison County on Tuesday.
Williams carried 60 percent of the vote and will replace
Democratic Rep. Sue Schmitz. She was automatically removed from
office after being convicted on federal fraud charges earlier this
It was the GOP's second legislative victory of the summer in

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Wed July 15, 2009
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Man Shot To Death During Robbery at A Birmingham Store

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham police are investigating the
shooting death of a man who robbed a store and then exchanged
gunfire with a store clerk.
Police said the robber suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died
at the scene outside Vineyard Food Market.
Police Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. said shortly before 9 p.m.
Tuesday a man with a gun robbed the store and that a clerk followed
him outside where they started shooting at each other.

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Wed July 15, 2009
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Missing Montgomery Woman Found in Wilcox County

Camden, Ala. –
(AP) - Wilcox County sheriff's deputies have found a missing Montgomery woman who has Alzheimers.
Police say 70-year-old Frances Baker was found in Camden on Tuesday walking through a neighborhood.
She was last seen leaving her residence on Wares Ferry Road in Montgomery about 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
Her white 2000 Pontiac Montana van was found in a ditch.
Montgomery police said she was taken to a hospital for possible

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