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Wed August 5, 2009
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Alabamians To Receive a Tax Free Shopping Holiday

Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's fourth annual sales tax holiday begins gets underway this Friday at 12:01 a.m.and continues until midnight Sunday.

During the tax free holiday, the state waives its 4 percent sales tax on many clothing and school purchases. An additional 253 cities and counties are lifting their local sales taxes.


Tue August 4, 2009
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Elderly Mobile Woman Arrested for Public Urination

Mobile,Alabama –
(AP) Mobile's city attorney says a public lewdness charge may be dismissed against an elderly woman who was arrested after having what she says was a bladder emergency in a downtown park.

Larry Wettermark said Monday the city isn't interested in prosecuting someone who had an accident.

Eighty-one-year-old Lula Mae Battle was arrested on June 3 after a police cadet saw her urinating in bushes in a downtown park. The woman has said she has incontinence problems and couldn't make it to a public restroom.

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Fri July 31, 2009
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Boy Suffers Permanent Brain Damage While in Foster Care

Evergreen, Alabama – State Department of Human Resources officials are investigating a case in which a child suffered permanent brain damage while in foster care.

The Connecuh County child welfare department began the investigation following reports that a 2-year-old boy in was abused. Joyce and Lonnel Sims are charged with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse.

A state investigation shows that the Conecuh County child welfare agency investigated abuse allegations by telephone, may not have screened foster parents, and did not enforce a ban on corporal punishment.


Thu July 30, 2009
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Judge Rules in Challenge of ASU Acadome Name Change

Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lawsuit aimed at getting Joe Reed's
name back on the basketball arena at Alabama State University has
Former Alabama State trustee Frankye Underwood had filed a
lawsuit accusing the trustees of violating the state's Open Meeting
Act when they decided to remove Reed's name from the university's
Acadome last year.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs Jr. ruled Wednesday
there was no evidence of a violation.

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Wed July 29, 2009
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Production Ramping up at Honda's Alabama Plant

(AP) - Honda is increasing production at its
auto assembly plant in Lincoln, the result of strengthening sales
for the Odyssey minivan and Pilot sport utility.
The Japanese automaker announced this week to the plant's
4,000-plus workers that it will add three upcoming Saturdays to its
production schedule, which will count as overtime for employees.
The company's $1.4 billion factory will run on one Saturday in
September and two Saturdays in October. Its daily output will also

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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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