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4:55 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Bentley Appoints Jay York to Mobile County Court

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Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed a workers compensation attorney to a judgeship in Mobile County.

Jay York will replace retiring District Judge Michael McMaken. The Mobile Press-Register (http://bit.ly/PAil07 ) reports that McMaken's last official day is Sunday.

York was among three lawyers recommended by the Mobile County Judicial Commission. By law, Bentley had to select one of the candidates endorsed by the commission.

Bentley said that York brings experience and "sound judgment" to the court.

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Politics & Government
3:24 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

No Massachusetts Murder Trial for Amy Bishop

Arts & Life
8:18 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Auburn to Killing 3

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A Montgomery man says he's not guilty in a shooting that killed two one-time Auburn University football players and a third man in June.


Desmonte Leonard entered the plea in Lee County on Thursday.


A judge scheduled a bond hearing for the 22-year-old Leonard for Nov. 14.


Police say Leonard opened fire at a pool party near the Auburn campus on June 9. Former Auburn football players Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips were killed, along with DeMario Pitts of Opelika.

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Business & Education
8:13 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Ala. Governor to Help Open Expanded Cullman Plant

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An automotive parts manufacturing company is officially opening its newly expanded facility in Cullman and has created 250 new jobs.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will take part in the ribbon cutting and dedication at 2 p.m. Friday of the newly expanded Topre America Corp. facility in Cullman. Bentley will be joined by Cullman area-leaders and Topre America officials at the ceremony.


Topre America supplies parts to Honda, Toyota and Nissan. This is the company's fourth expansion since it located in Cullman in 2004.

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Toxic Trailers
5:22 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

$42.6 Million FEMA Trailer Settlements Approved

A judge has approved a class-action settlement regarding toxic trailers after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled from the bench after hearing from attorneys who brokered a deal resolving nearly all remaining court claims over elevated levels of formaldehyde in trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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Drug Take Back
5:07 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

State, Federal Officials Unveil Drug Return Plan

Alabama residents are being urged to participate in a program that will allow people to turn in prescription drugs with no questions asked.

Top state and federal criminal justice officials are urging Alabama residents to participate in a program that will allow people to turn in prescription drugs with no questions asked.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, U.S. Attorney George Beck and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris on Thursday announced there would be 60 sites around the state Saturday that would accept prescription drugs being turned in by the public.

Alabama officials said they have expanded the state's participation in what has been a national program.

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Arts & Life
9:09 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Suspect in Auburn Pool Party Shooting Due in Court

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A man accused of opening fire at an Auburn pool party is expected in court on Thursday.

Authorities say 22-year-old Desmonte Leonard is expected to enter a plea at the court appearance.

Leonard, who has been indicted on charges that include capital murder, faces trial in the killing of two former Auburn University football players and another man.

Politics & Government
8:41 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Few Violators Nabbed for Texting and Driving

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Law officers in some eastern Alabama jurisdictions have yet to issue any citations under the state's new law banning texting and driving.

The law went into effect on Aug. 1.


The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/Rkz1er) that the Anniston, Jacksonville and Oxford police departments and the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office all said they've issued no citations for the offense.

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Arts & Life
8:34 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Alabama Cities Offering Ghostly Tours in October

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Several Alabama cities are planning ghostly events during the month of October.

The state Tourism Department says Athens will hold its annual Historic Haunts Walk each Tuesday night in October. Demopolis has its Tombigbee Haints and Haunts tours on Oct. 26-27. Florence is planning its 10th annual Haunted History at the Shoals Ghost Walk nightly from Oct. 19-31. Huntsville will conduct ghost walking tours on Friday and Saturday nights in October and the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll on Oct. 14.

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Arts & Life
8:26 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Hearing Set in Auburn Tree-Poisoning Case

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Court officials in Lee County say a University of Alabama fan is due in court for a hearing on charges that he poisoned Auburn University's landmark oak trees at Toomer's Corner.

Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III scheduled a hearing for Thursday for Harvey Updyke.


Officials won't reveal what the hearing is about, citing a judge's gag order to limit publicity about the case.

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Politics & Government
8:21 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Officials Set Ala. News Conference on Drug Program

Top state and federal criminal justice officials plan to hold a news conference to announce a program that will allow people to turn in prescription drugs with no questions asked.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, U.S. Attorney George Beck and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday at the U.S Attorney's office in Montgomery.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Alabama Casino Lobbyist Gets Probation

A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to Alabama legislators to support pro-gambling legislation has received probation.
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A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to legislators has received probation.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins gave Jennifer Pouncy three years on probation, 100 hours of community service, and $4,100 in fines and fees at a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Montgomery.

Pouncy was the first person to plead guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case.

The former lobbyist for Country Crossing Casino admitted offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Police Search Delays School in Guntersville

Authorities say a report of gunshots and the search for a suspect has led to classes being delayed for students in Guntersville.

Administers delayed Wednesday morning's school start in Guntersville City Schools for two hours.


Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson tells WAFF-TV (http://bit.ly/SQTtR9) that someone knocked on the door of an apartment on Richardson Street around 2:30 a.m. Authorities say the homeowner chased the man off and called police. The suspect ran into a wooded area and police heard two shots.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:08 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Prosecutors: No More Prison Delay For Casino Boss

The Justice Department wants no more delays and for Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley to report to jail.

A federal prosecutor is opposed to Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley getting a third delay on when he must report to prison.

Justice Department prosecutor Kendall Day filed court papers Tuesday saying the department opposes another delay for medical reasons. Day said the federal prison system can provide Gilley with the post-operative care he might require.

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Arts & Life
8:34 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Marchers Plan to Protest Forrest Monument in Selma

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest is believed to have been the first Grand Wizard of the original KKK.
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Opponents of efforts to build a new monument to Civil War Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest plan to ask the Selma City Council to refuse to allow the new statue to be built.


Selma resident Malika Fortier said she will lead a march from the Edmund Pettus Bridge about three blocks to Selma City Hall at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. She said her group is upset that supporters of the monument plan to replace a statue that has been in a city cemetery for about 10 years. That statue disappeared from Live Oak Cemetery earlier this year.

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