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Mon July 20, 2009
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Tuskegee University Extends Deadline in Presidential Search

Tuskegee, Alabama –
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - The executive director of Tuskegee
University's presidential search committee says the deadline for
accepting applications for the position has been extended until
July 31.
Charlotte Morris said the university also has put out a request
for proposals to hire a search firm to assist the efforts to find
the school's sixth president.
Applications will be evaluated by a presidential search
committee appointed by the university's board of trustees.

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Fri July 17, 2009
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Alabama's Unemployment At Highest Mark in 25 Years

Montgomery,Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment has gone into
double digits and is at its highest mark in 25 years.
The state Department of Industrial Relations reported Friday
that Alabama's rate rose to 10.1 percent for June. The rate had
been 9.8 percent in May. Alabama's rate for June was higher than
the national measure of 9.5 percent.
The last time Alabama had unemployment as high as 10.1 percent
was May, June and July of 1984.
State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Alabama's

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Wed July 15, 2009
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Republicans Pick Up Seat in Alabama House

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - Republicans have picked up another seat in the Alabama House.
Republican businessman Phil Williams defeated Democrat Jenny
Askins in a special election for the House District 6 seat in
Madison County on Tuesday.
Williams carried 60 percent of the vote and will replace
Democratic Rep. Sue Schmitz. She was automatically removed from
office after being convicted on federal fraud charges earlier this
It was the GOP's second legislative victory of the summer in

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Wed July 15, 2009
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Man Shot To Death During Robbery at A Birmingham Store

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham police are investigating the
shooting death of a man who robbed a store and then exchanged
gunfire with a store clerk.
Police said the robber suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died
at the scene outside Vineyard Food Market.
Police Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. said shortly before 9 p.m.
Tuesday a man with a gun robbed the store and that a clerk followed
him outside where they started shooting at each other.

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Wed July 15, 2009
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Missing Montgomery Woman Found in Wilcox County

Camden, Ala. –
(AP) - Wilcox County sheriff's deputies have found a missing Montgomery woman who has Alzheimers.
Police say 70-year-old Frances Baker was found in Camden on Tuesday walking through a neighborhood.
She was last seen leaving her residence on Wares Ferry Road in Montgomery about 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
Her white 2000 Pontiac Montana van was found in a ditch.
Montgomery police said she was taken to a hospital for possible

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Tue July 7, 2009
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Contract Negotiations Underway for New Superintendent

Montgomery, Alabama – The newly tapped superintendent for Montgomery Public Schools has begun discussions with the board about her new contract.

Dr. Barbara Thompson has participated in a conference call with Montgomery County Board of Education President Beverly Ross and two other board members.

Thompson is coming to Montgomery from the New Glaris, Wisconsin school system.

The exact amount that Thompson will receive has not been announced. Montgomery's former school superintendent, Mr. John Dilworth received a base salary of$155,000.


Mon July 6, 2009
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Cities and Counties To Decide on Tax Free Holiday Participation

Birmingham,Alabama –
(AP) - The deadline has arrived for Alabama
cities and counties to notify the state if they plan to participate
in exempting shoppers from sales taxes on back-to-school purchase
made from Aug. 7-9.
Despite the recession, most Birmingham-area governments will
The holiday, enacted in 2006 to coincide with the beginning of
school, exempts shoppers from the state's 4 percent sales tax and
cities and counties also may exempt their local sales taxes.

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Thu July 2, 2009
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Sparks Announces Platform

Montgomery,Alabama –
(AP) - State Agriculture Commissioner Ron
Sparks is unveiling a major part of his platform in his Democratic
campaign for governor.
Sparks' campaign says he will announce plans Thursday morning to
guarantee advanced education for every child, reduce taxes,
increase funding for Medicaid and education, create a disaster
relief fund for agriculture, and eliminate illegal gambling in
Sparks' announcement is scheduled for his Montgomery campaign
headquarters at 11 a.m.

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Thu July 2, 2009
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Montgomery Police Open New Substation

Montgomery,Alabama – Montgomery Police are stepping up their efforts to take a bite out of crime.

The department is putting a new substation in place at 2190 E.South Boulevard near Baptist Medical Center and Alfa Insurance.

Commander of the Community Policing Division, Lt. W.E. Herman, says 20 to 30 officers will operate out of the building which was donated to the city for use by Baptist Hospital.

It will cost the city about 15,000.00 annually to operate the facility.

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Wed July 1, 2009
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Local FEMA Disaster Offices Shutting Down

Montgomery,Alabama – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is closing its disaster recovery centers in Montgomery, Elmore and Bullock Counties July 2.

The centers were opened to help residents affected by the May 7th flooding.

Those needing help may contact the FEMA toll free hotline at 800-621-3362. FEMA officials say the phone line will be staff from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.