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Fri June 19, 2009
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Unemployment Numbers in Alabama Ease Up

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate jumped to
9.8 percent for May.
The April rate had been 9.0 percent. The state Department of
Industrial Relations says May's figure represents nearly 209,000
unemployed people.
Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Friday the nation
is still gripped in a serious recession and Alabama is not immune
from its effects.
Counties with the lowest unemployment were Shelby at 6.6
percent, Madison at 6.9 percent, and Coffee at 7.4 percent. The

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Thu June 18, 2009
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Police Seek Missing Woman

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police are asking for the public's help finding a woman who has been missing since Tuesday.

61 year old Mary McKenzie was last seen leaving her home on the 900 block of Garland Drive around 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.

McKenzie is a Black female, 5 feet 5 inches tall weighing about 160 pounds. When last seen, Ms. McKenzie was wearing an orange shirt, brown pants and gray shoes.

Officials say she suffers with dementia. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police.


Thu June 18, 2009
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Court Rules Healthsouth Not Responsible for Scrushy's Legal Fees

(AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled
against former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy's challenge to a
$445 million settlement in 2006 between the health rehabilitation
company and some of its investors.
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on
Wednesday denied Scrushy's claim that the settlement should have
left open the possibility of HealthSouth paying his legal bills or
reimbusing him for anything he is ordered to pay investors.

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Wed June 17, 2009
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Montgomery Police Make Arrests in the City's Latest Murder

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police say more arrests are probable in the weekend death of a Montgomery teenager.

25 year old Peter Mungro and 17 year old Marvin Gaston are charged with capital murder in the death of 19 year old Terrance Ponder.

Ponder was fatally wounded Saturday night when he and the driver of the vehicle in which he rode were engaged in a shootout with occupants of another vehicle traveling on the Boulevard near Narrow Lane road late Saturday night.

There is no word on a motive in the shooting.


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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