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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.

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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