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Tue June 16, 2009
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Jefferson County Commissioner Seeks 7th District Congressional Seat

Birmingham, Alabama – Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot is officially running to serve Alabama 7th Congressional District.

The seat is currently held by Representative Artur Davis of Birmingham who is campaigning for Governor.

Smoot has served the Jefferson County Commission since 2002. She is a former reporter for television station WBRC in Birmingham.


Tue June 16, 2009
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Montgomery Woman Wins Millions in Claim Against Baptist Health

Montgomery, Alabama – A Montgomery County Jury has awarded 3 million dollars to a woman in a claim against Baptist Medical Center East.

The jury sided with Kay Davis who filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the death of her mother, Lauree Ellison. Ellison died 4 years ago.

Baptist Health officials plan to appeal the verdict.

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Tue June 16, 2009
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Students Debate Issues in Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - About 3,500 students are in the Birmingham area this week to compete in the 2009 National Forensic League's speech and debate tournament. Students at the weeklong event are expected to debate about controversial issues, from
politics to current events.


Mon June 15, 2009
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Montgomery Violators Ticketed for Parking on Lawns

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Officials say city inspectors have
ticketed 85 people in the first eight days of enforcing a new
Montgomery ordinance against parking cars in the front yard.
The $50 fines can be appealed but photos of the violations are
kept on file and will be shown to municipal court judges who hear
contested cases.
Montgomery officials said the goal is not to raise revenue but
to discourage people from parking in front yards.
City Councilman Charles Smith sponsored the ordinance and said

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Mon June 15, 2009
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Study Shows Alabama Ranked Second in Gun Deaths

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Alabama has been ranked second in a
national study on gun deaths per capita.
The five states topping the list were Louisiana, Alabama,
Alaska, Mississippi and Nevada, according to the Violence Policy
Center. The study looked at states with high gun ownership coupled
with what it called weak gun laws.
In states that fit that definition, gun death rates far exceed
the national rate of 10.32 per 100,000 residents, according to data
from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's

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Mon June 15, 2009
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Montgomery Man Dies Following Shootout on a City Street

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery police are investigating the capital city's latest homicide.

19 year old Terrance Ponder is dead after being shot in his head and back. Police believe Ponder and another teenaged man were shot during a shootout that happened while the victims and the suspects were driving on the West South Boulevard Saturday night.

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Thu June 11, 2009
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Alabama Death Row Inmate Scheduled for Execution

(AP) - Alabama death row inmate Jack Trawick is
scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Thursday at Holman
Prison in Atmore.
Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said the 62-year-old
Trawick had not filed any legal pleadings in court seeking to stop
his execution as of late Wednesday.
Trawick was sentenced to death for the 1992 abduction and
slaying of 21-year-old college student Stephanie Gach of
Trawick's graphic writings and grisly drawings about his crimes

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Tue June 9, 2009
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Mobile Man To Stand Trial For Body in Freezer

Mobile, Alabama –
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge has set an Oct. 19 trial date for
part-time evangelist Anthony Hopkins, charged with murder in the
death of his wife, whose body was found in a freezer at the
couple's home.
Judge John Lockett set the trial date Monday during Hopkins'
Prosecutors claim the 37-year-old Hopkins killed his 36-year-old
wife, Arletha, then stuffed her body in a deep freezer four years
ago. The freezer was kept in the house where Hopkins was raising
his eight children.

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Fri June 5, 2009
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Montgomery Man Attempted to Cover Up Murder by Staging Robbery

Montgomery, Alabama –
Montgomery Police arrest a man accused of staging a murder to appear that it happened during a robbery. Police have 22 year old Rontavius Holloway of Montgomery in custody charged with committed the city's latest homicide.

Police allgee Holloway shot and killed an unidentified 47 year old woman around 2 o'clock Thursday morning outside a West Haven Lane home.

Police say Holloway apparently placed a ski mask and a knife in the woman's hand to make it appear that the fatal shooting was committed during a robbery.

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Thu June 4, 2009
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New Montgomery Mall Owners Consider Options

Montgomery, Alabama –
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean are meeting today with members of the company that recently purchased the Montgomery Mall.

The owners, Blue Ridge Capital, say they would like to form a public/private partnership to help utilize the facility. Mayor Todd Strange says there are many avenues they might take in considering what to do with the facility which has been vacant for several years.

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