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Thu August 6, 2009
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A Mobile Judge Drops Lewdness Charge Against Elderly Woman

Mobile, Alabama –
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama city is dismissing a charge that
could have sent an 81-year-old woman to jail for urinating in a
public park when she couldn't make it to a bathroom.
Prosecutors in Mobile asked a court Wednesday to throw out a
public lewdness charge against Lula Mae Battle.
Battle has incontinence problems and couldn't make it to a
public restroom in a downtown park on June 3. She ducked behind
bushes to relieve herself, and a police cadet had her arrested.

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Thu August 6, 2009
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Woman Sentenced to Death for Killing 6 -year-old Son

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - A Franklin County judge has ordered a death sentence for a Russellville woman accused of setting a house fire that killed her 6-year-old son in order to collect life insurance.
Circuit Judge Terry Dempsey sentenced 31-year-old Christie Michelle Scott on Wednesday, deciding not to go along with the jury, which recommended life in prison without parole.
Scott was convicted of capital murder in July for starting the fire at her family's Russellville home that killed Mason Scott a year ago.

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Wed August 5, 2009
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Jefferson County Delegation Have Plan to Deal with Budget Crisis

Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - Legislators from Alabama's most populous
county have reached a compromise on a tax bill and are asking for a
special session to end a partial shutdown of county services that
threatens a National Guard callup.
Members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation, meeting
in Birmingham on Tuesday, approved a bill to enact a new
occupational tax for the area.
Rep. John Rogers said he's asking the governor to call a special
session in Montgomery beginning Monday.

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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.