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5:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Runoff Election History And Apollo 11

5pm Newscast

Wednesday July 16, 2014

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Senate Chamber Update
4:16 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Alabama Senate Chamber Getting New Look

The new Alabama Senate elected in November will get to serve in a redesigned Senate chamber in Montgomery.
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The new Alabama Senate elected in November will get to serve in a redesigned Senate chamber in Montgomery.

Senate Secretary Pat Harris says his staff is gutting the Senate chamber, including the removal of gray laminate desks and podiums that have been there since 1985. He's asked the state's two-year college system to build hickory desks and podiums that will be stained dark. The walls are also being redone and the audio system reconfigured to provide more evenly distributed sound.

Harris says the project should be finished by Nov. 15 and cost less than $200,000.

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Voter Turnout
4:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

8 Percent Turnout For Alabama Runoff Election

About 8 percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million voters participated in the runoff election.
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About 8 percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million voters participated in the runoff election.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says the turnout Tuesday was slightly higher than the 5 percent he had predicted. He says it was helped by higher turnouts for the 6th Congressional District race in the Birmingham area and by the state Senate District 30 race in the Prattville area

Bennett says there were no issues reported with voters having to show photo IDs at the polls. This was the second Alabama election where the photo ID law was used.

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Newscast
6:22 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Palmer, Beeker win a costly runoff, and a UA gymnastics icon steps aside

6am Newscast

Wednesday July 16, 2014

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Politics & Government
4:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Beeker Upsets Incumbent Dunn for Alabama PSC

Chip Beeker
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Challenger Chris "Chip" Beeker Jr. has upset incumbent Terry Dunn for the Republican nomination for Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission.

With 86 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Beeker has 59 percent to Dunn's 41 percent.

The winner has no Democratic opposition in the general election Nov. 4.

Beeker was making his second run for the state's utility regulatory board. He drew support from some business and coal groups who were upset with Dunn calling for formal rate hearings for Alabama Power.

Politics & Government
4:56 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Alabama Voters Approve Cotton Research Amendment

Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment that will allow cotton farmers to vote to make a fee mandatory that they have been paying voluntarily on each bale of cotton.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, the constitutional amendment was passing with 67 percent voting yes and 33 percent voting no.

The $1 a bale fee is now paid on all cotton when it is delivered to the gin, but those who don't want to pay it can get a refund. Less than 10 percent usually request a refund. The fee is used for cotton promotion and research.

Politics & Government
4:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Alabama County GOP Chair Resigns After Pot Arrest

State Republican Party officials say the chairman of the Cherokee County GOP has resigned after being arrested on drug charges.

State GOP chairman Bill Armistead tells the Gadsden Times that 52-year-old John Lloyd Ellis was arrested after police found marijuana on his property. Armistead says Ellis has resigned and the GOP has no further comment.

The newspaper reports Ellis was charged with marijuana possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Science & Health
4:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

7,850 Gallons of Sewage Overflow Into Mobile Creek

Montlimar Creek
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Mobile health officials are urging people to take precautions near a south Alabama creek after a sewage overflow.

Local health district officials said in a release Tuesday that Mobile Area Water and Sewer System responded to a spill of about 7,850 gallons of wastewater into Montlimar Creek.

Health officials say a broken sewer main led to the sewage spill. Mobile County Health District officials say utility crews have repaired the sewer line to prevent additional overflows.

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Newscast
5:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Primary Runoffs And Sarah Patterson Steps Down

5pm Newscast

Tuesday July 15, 2014

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Armed Voter-Alabama
4:03 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Pistol-Wearing Man Allowed To Vote In Pelham

A member of the gun rights group BamaCarry got to vote in Shelby County while wearing a holstered pistol, but police later asked him to leave the front of the polling place.
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A member of the gun rights group BamaCarry got to vote in Shelby County while wearing a holstered pistol, but police later asked him to leave the front of the polling place.

Robert Kennedy showed up with his gun Tuesday at the Pelham First Baptist Church Annex. A sign on the annex said firearms were prohibited, but election officials allowed Kennedy to vote while wearing his gun. Kennedy and members of his group later stood outside the polling place until Pelham police asked them to leave at the request of a poll official.

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Huntsville Jobs
3:56 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Scientific Firm To Add 450 Jobs In Huntsville

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says that a science and engineering firm plans to add 450 jobs in Huntsville during the next five years.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says that a science and engineering firm plans to add 450 jobs in Huntsville during the next five years.

Bentley said in a Tuesday statement that the move by Columbia, Maryland-based Science and Engineering Services LLC is part of a nearly $70 million expansion of its Alabama manufacturing operations.

The company already has 750 employees in Huntsville.

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Alabama-Congress
3:42 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

DeMarco, Palmer Seek GOP Nod In Ala. 6th District

A state legislator and the founder of a conservative policy group are meeting in the runoff for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district.
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A state legislator and the founder of a conservative policy group are meeting in the runoff for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district.

State Rep. Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer are competing in Tuesday's runoff to replace the retiring Rep. Spencer Bachus.

The winner faces Democrat Avery Vise in November. The central Alabama district is considered one of the nation's strongest-leaning Republican areas.

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Newscast
6:48 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Polls open for runoff election, Prostate cancer a big problem in Alabama

6am Newscast

Tuesday July 15, 2014

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Business & Education
6:36 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Huntsville Lawyer New Leader of Alabama State Bar

Richard Raleigh
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Huntsville attorney Richard Raleigh is the new president of the Alabama State Bar.

Raleigh was installed at the group's weekend meeting. He will serve a one-year term as the leader of the State Bar's 17,600 members.

Raleigh is a University of Alabama Law School graduate and served in the Army before joining a Huntsville law firm. He is now the managing shareholder at Wilmer & Lee.

Montgomery attorney Lee Copeland is the State Bar's president-elect.

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Business & Education
6:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

USDA Grant Provides Produce at Tuscaloosa Schools

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Tuscaloosa schools officials say they're going to use a grant of more than $93,000 to bring fresh produce to students at four elementary schools.

The district's nutrition director Kimberly Jackson tells the Tuscaloosa News officials are hoping the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will boost produce consumption at Holt, Maxwell, Matthews and Flatwoods elementary schools.

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