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7:35am

Fri January 9, 2009
WVAS Local

Two Birmingham-area coal-fired power plants are among the nation's top three for the amounts of arsenic deposited in onsite ash ponds and landfills, according to a new report.

Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Two Birmingham-area coal-fired power plants are among the nation's top three for the amounts of arsenic deposited in onsite ash ponds and landfills, according to a new report.
A report the Environmental Integrity Project released Thursday listed the Gaston Steam Plant in Shelby County and the Gorgas Steam Plant in Walker County as ranked No. 2 and No. 3 for the amounts of arsenic deposited from 2000 to 2006.

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11:20am

Thu January 8, 2009
WVAS Local

Montgomery City Councilman Enters Race for Mayor

January 8,2009 – Montgomery City Councilman Willie Cook is running for Mayor of Montgomery. Cook, who represents district six, so far, is the only city councilman announcing interest in running for the position.

Montgomery Resident John Down announced his candidacy Wednesday. Qualifying for the race begins January 13th with the special election scheduled for March 10th.

10:32am

Thu January 8, 2009
WVAS Local

Flood Waters Claim Two Lives

January 8,2009 – A west Alabama family is morning the loss of a woman and her infant son. The two were killed Tuesday when flood waters swept away their vehicle in the town of Reform in Pickens County.

Investigators say -27- year old Chrystal Vaughn and her 18 month old son were traveling on a rural road when a culvert burst and swept her vehicle downstream.

Drenching rains on Monday and Tuesday prompted a series of flash flood warnings in several West Alabama counties.

9:40am

Thu January 8, 2009
WVAS Local

Traffic Fatalities Decline Statewide

Jan. 8,2009 – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State officials say traffic fatalities
on Alabama's rural roads dropped to their lowest level in 23 years
in 2008 due to stricter enforcement, new safety features on roads
and less driving by motorists due to soaring gas prices. Gov. Riley
says state troopers recorded 633 fatal accidents on rural roads in
2008. That's down 17 percent from last year.

7:35am

Thu January 8, 2009
WVAS Local

Decatur Police Officer Faked Disappearance to Cover Theft

Decatur, AL – DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - An affidavit says Decatur police Sgt. Faron
White is accused of taking about $70,000 from a safe containing
confiscated drug money before he flew off to Las Vegas after trying
to fake his own abduction.
The affidavit was filed Tuesday by Morgan County authorities in
support of the arrest warrant for Sarah Elizabeth Richardson. She
is accused of helping White stage his disappearance.
The affidavit given by Decatur Sgt. Richard Archer says
Richardson was aware that White had stolen about $70,000 and on

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7:33am

Thu January 8, 2009
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Sherriff Jailed Over Inmate Feeding Issue

Decatur, Alabama – In north Alabama, Morgan County Sheriff Greg Barlett is in the county lockup for failing to adequately feed inmates.

Federal Judge U.W. Clemon ordered Bartlett's arrest after the sheriff testified Wednesday that he legally kept about 212 thousand dollars over the past three years with surplus meal money for inmates, but the sheriff testified the inmates were properly fed.

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2:53am

Thu January 8, 2009
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Sheriff Released From Jail Over Inmate Feeding

January 8,2009 – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the release
of an Alabama sheriff he locked up for purposely feeding inmates
skimpy meals so he could make money off the jail kitchen.
U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon issued a brief order Thursday
saying Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett could be freed based on
promises from his lawyer, who presented the court with a plan for
improving the jailhouse meals.
The sheriff's whereabouts weren't immediately clear. But Clemon

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10:09am

Wed January 7, 2009
WVAS Local

Tax Filing Season

Jan.7,2009 –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The new year has arrived and that
signals the start of the tax-filing season.
The Internal Revenue Service Tuesday announced new steps to help
financially strapped taxpayers meet their tax obligations.
The agency is offering to waive late penalties, negotiate new
payment plans and postpone asset seizures for delinquent taxpayers.
Taxpayers can begin filing tax returns electronically on Jan.
16.
To help explain the leniency program, the IRS has posted answers

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9:46am

Wed January 7, 2009
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WVAS Newscast

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen now to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom.

8:52am

Wed January 7, 2009
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Heavy rainfall overnight cause flooding in some parts of Alabama.

Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Parts of Alabama are dealing with flood waters because of heavy rainfall overnight.
Flood warnings have been posted for small streams in Lawrence,
DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, Limestone, Marshall, Cullman and Morgan
counties.
Flooding is also a concern for the Black Warrior and Tombigee
rivers.
Several counties report storm damage from Tuesday's severe
weather. They include Calhoun, Shelby and St. Clair counties where
possible funnel clouds damaged structures and snapped trees.

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