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Hundreds of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama employees will be tested for pulmonary tuberculosis after an employee tested positive for the airborne disease.  The Alabama Department of Public Health said it was notified about the employee, who works in the paint shop, early last week.  Pam Barrett, director for the division of tuberculosis control said the department will start testing as many of the estimated 540 paint shop workers as they can Tuesday.  

A man practicing with his crossbow in his front yard accidentally shot a United Parcel Service driver in the chest, that’s according to law enforcement officials.   Citing Autauga County Sheriff's Office records, a local news outlet reports the UPS delivery man was driving around noon Thursday when a crossbow bolt flew into his truck, striking him.

Governor Robert Bentley proposed lottery seems to be moving toward final passage in the Alabama Legislature.  But not without some push back, Senator Quinton Ross from Montgomery says at issue are some of the gaps in the proposed bill.  Among issues with the bill, Democrats are pushing for protection for existing gaming centers.  Legislators could give final approval to the bill Friday.  

The Alabama House of Representatives has narrowly approved Governor Robert Bentley's proposed state lottery.  Thursday night, Representatives voted 64-35 for the bill after 10 hours of contentious debate.  Bentley is seeking the first statewide vote on a lottery since 1999.  He proposed a lottery as a method of providing funds to the state's Medicaid program. Senator Vivian Figures said earlier this week, aside from the lottery issue, her bill would have generated funds for the state's Medicaid program.

The lottery legislation is being debated in the Alabama House of Representatives Thursday. A number of lawmakers are voicing their concern about the measure. The vote could determine if a proposed state lottery goes before voters later this year or if the bill dies in the special session. Alabama would become the 45th state with a lottery if lawmakers and voters approve the idea.

The Montgomery chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers will be hosting its annual Engineering Day also known as "E-Day" this Saturday, August 27th at Oak Park in Montgomery.  The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Pavilion number Four south of the Planetarium.  The event is aimed at increasing minority students participation in exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and math.  Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to a number of activities including making slime, launching water bottle rockets and testing hoop gliders.

Lottery legislation is heading to a critical vote in the Alabama House of Representatives.  Thursday's vote could determine if a proposed state lottery goes before voters later this year or if the bill dies in the special session.  Secretary of State John Merrill held a press conference Wednesday shedding light on the debate over whether there was still time to get the measure on the November ballot.  Merrill said he is seeking the opinion of the state attorney general.  

An inmate who escaped from a Montgomery facility is back behind bars today.  A local news outlet reports, the Alabama Department of Corrections says 46-year-old Paul Powell fled around 2:45 a.m. Monday and was recaptured in Dothan without incident.  Powell is serving 20 years in prison for property theft; he now faces charges for escape.  

VictoryLand Reopening

Aug 23, 2016

The Macon County Casino, VictoryLand is slated to open next month. Owner Milton McGregor and Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford jointly announced in a press release on Sunday that VictoryLand will reopen on Tuesday, September 13, at 2 p.m. The casino has been shut down since Attorney General Luther Strange raided the business in 2013. On Monday Ford, held a press conference in Tuskegee to announce his unified stand for VictoryLand. In the press release McGregor stated the facility will begin with a soft opening but he expects an expansion of operations to occur quickly.

Media outlets report Senator Dick Brewbaker recently resigned from the Senate Republican Caucus.  Al.com reports Brewbakers' resignation was in protest over efforts to expand gambling and over cloture of Republicans by Republican leadership.  Brewbaker says it's not personal but a protest of leadership violating its own rules.  Brewbaker says he does not plan to seek re-election to the Senate in 2018.