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1:16pm

Thu September 17, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama's Infant Mortality Rate Decreases

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's infant mortality rate is
declining but is still one of the worst in the nation.
Statistics released Wednesday by the Alabama Department of
Public Health show that in 2008, there were 9.5 deaths for every
1,000 live births in the state, down from 10 deaths per 1,000 in
2007.
The numbers show a significant jump in infant mortality rates
among Hispanics - from 7.3 deaths per 1,000 live births to 8.9.
Assistant State Health Officer Tom Miller says access to

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1:07pm

Thu September 17, 2009
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A Talladega Man Who Shot Four People Receives a 28 Year Sentence

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A Talladega man who shot four people, one
of them fatally, when he was 15 in Westgate will spend 28 years in
prison.
Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth sentenced Cartravious Collins,
now 18, Wednesday. Collins has already given notice of his intent
to appeal.
He was charged with the murder of Chelsei Embry, the attempted
murder of LaToya Monique Embry, and assault in the second degree of
Jalysa and Kaylon Embry. A jury convicted him for the lesser

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1:04pm

Thu September 17, 2009
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Elderly Montgomery Man Charged With City's 26th Murder

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Montgomery police have arrested an
86-year-old they believe shot a woman in the head after she stole
money from his home.
James Murphy was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of
48-year-old Dorothy Webster.
Montgomery police found Webster about 11 a.m. Wednesday lying on
the front porch of Murphy's home. She was pronounced dead at the
scene.
According to police, Webster came to Murphy's house and was
allowed inside to use the restroom. While inside , police say
Webster allegedly stole $41.

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12:57pm

Thu September 17, 2009
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12:45pm

Wed September 16, 2009
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The State Department of Corrections Hopes Drilling for Oil Will Ease Financial Woes

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama Department of Corrections hopes
drilling for oil on prison property can ease some of its financial
woes.
Prison Commissioner Richard Allen announced Tuesday that the
department has signed a five-year contract with Foote Oil & Gas
Properties of Gulf Shores to explore for oil near the G.K. Fountain
Correctional Center in South Alabama.
The cash-strapped department has already received $400,000, plus
a guarantee of 25 percent royalties and a $300 bonus per acre on

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12:24pm

Wed September 16, 2009
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Mercedes-Benz is cutting 200 Jobs at Its Alabama Plant.

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Mercedes-Benz will cut 200 jobs at its Vance
plant by the end of the year, bringing the work force to about
2,800 people for 2010.
Felyicia Jerald, spokeswoman for Mercedes-Benz U.S.
International, says the operational change comes as the company
tries to match production with expected market conditions.
The first reduction started in October 2008 when Mercedes
offered its employees buyouts and early retirements. About 1,000
workers left during the next several months as a result of that
reduction.

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12:19pm

Wed September 16, 2009
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10:34am

Tue September 15, 2009
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Congressman Artur Davis Runs First Commercials of His Campaign

Birmingham, AL – (AP) - Congressman Artur Davis is targeting the
church crowd and football fans with commercials for his Democratic
campaign for governor.
Davis' campaign said Monday it has started running its first
broadcast commercial for next year's election. The ad is airing on
urban and gospel stations in southeast Alabama. And it's in
particularly heavy play during high school football broadcasts.
The ad is aimed at telling the story of Davis' upbringing in
Montgomery and his plans for addressing high school dropouts and

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10:31am

Tue September 15, 2009
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Hurricane Ivan is Becoming Known as the Forgotten Hurricane

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Hurricane Ivan is recalled by weather
experts as the most powerful storm to approach the Gulf of Mexico
from the southeast when it took aim at the Alabama and northwest
Florida coasts in September of 2004.
It hit the rare Category 5 status three times. It killed nearly
100 people. With damages of more than $14 billion, it is still the
fifth costliest hurricane in U.S. history.
Yet as its fifth anniversary arrives Wednesday, many who
survived its devastation say they feel it is now America's

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10:27am

Tue September 15, 2009
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Huntsville Has the Lowest Murder Rate in Alabama

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The FBI's annual report on crime shows
that Huntsville boasts the lowest murder rate and one of the lowest
rates of property crime among the state's four largest cities.
According to the report released Monday, Huntsville recorded 18
murders in 2007, putting the city's murder rate at 10.4 per 100,000
residents. Birmingham had the highest rate, with 36 murders per
100,000 residents. Mobile had 22 murders and Montgomery had 11.3
per 100,000 people.

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