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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.

10:11am

Tue September 15, 2009
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10:19am

Mon September 14, 2009
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The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition is Holding Workshops This Week to Promote Biodiesel

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition is
holding workshops this week in north Alabama to promote biodiesel.
The free three-hour workshops will be in Scottsboro on Tuesday,
Madison on Wednesday and Jasper on Thursday to help educate Alabama
citizens about the benefits of alternative fuels. The workshops
also will give out information on grants and other financial
incentive programs available to cities, schools and companies
wanting to convert their vehicles to biodiesel.

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10:12am

Mon September 14, 2009
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More Budget Cuts for General Fund and Education Budgets

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Cuts are expected in the new state
budgets that take effect Oct. 1. The question is: How much?
Officials say the recession's continued impact on the state
education budget will force a second year of across-the-board cuts.
State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton is forecasting 6
percent. Teacher lobbyist Paul Hubbert says 4.5 to 5.5 percent. And
two-year college leader Joan Davis is telling colleges to prepare
for 8.5 percent to 10 percent.
Acting State Finance Director Bill Newton has already warned

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10:07am

Mon September 14, 2009
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11:24am

Fri September 11, 2009
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Two More Swine Flu Deaths in Alabama

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health
has announced two more swine flu deaths in the state.
Health officials said Thursday that a resident of Bullock County
and a resident of Macon County have died, raising the total to
seven deaths from the virus in Alabama.
One of the men was in his 40s and the other was in his 50s. Both
died at a Montgomery hospital.
Officials said the deaths serve as reminder of the need for
everyone to take additional precautions because of the early onset

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11:22am

Fri September 11, 2009
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Day of Remembrance Ceremony is in Huntsville

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's official Day of Remembrance
Ceremony for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is at the U.S. Space
and Rocket Center in Huntsville.
State Homeland Security Director Jim Walker and the director of
the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives,
Sydney Hoffman, will lead the ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m.
Friday.
Gov. Bob Riley won't attend because he's visiting companies in
Europe. But he issued a statement saying Sept. 11 is a time to

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11:20am

Fri September 11, 2009
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Home Insurance Rates in Alabama Are Expected to Increase

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Homeowners insurance companies say they're
raising rates for Alabama customers.
State Farm, the company that sells the most homeowners insurance
in Alabama, says it needs more money to assure it can pay future
claims. Other major insureres in the state concur.
The average rate increases statewide range from about 6 percent
to about 26 percent.
State Farm and Alfa Mutual, another company with a substantial
share of the Alabama market, had lowered their rates in recent
years.

10:31am

Fri September 11, 2009
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