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10:30 am
Sun September 30, 2012

Jefferson Co. May Select New Superintendent Monday

Jefferson County Superintendent Phil Hammonds is retiring when his contract expires in February.
Birmingham News file

A new superintendent could be picked for Jefferson County next week.

The county's Board of Education plans to meet Monday morning to discuss which person it should select among the five candidates who were recently interviewed.

The Birmingham News (http://bit.ly/QpsFrj ) reports that the board received a total of 24 applicants from 15 states. Officials have aimed to have the new superintendent in place by Jan. 2. The current superintendent, Phil Hammonds, will retire early next year.

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Politics & Government
10:26 am
Sun September 30, 2012

District Attorney Retiring From 35th Circuit

District Attorney Tommy Chapman is stepping down from his post as district attorney for the 35th Judicial Circuit.
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The district attorney prosecuting cases in Monroe and Conecuh counties will soon retire.

Tommy Chapman will step down Monday from his post as district attorney for the 35th Judicial Circuit. Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Chapman's chief assistant, Steve Wadlington, to fill the remainder of Chapman's term.

Gov. Guy Hunt first appointed Chapman as the local district attorney in 1990. He was re-elected four times.

Politics & Government
4:58 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Army Plan Would Limit Lock Usage on Ala. Rivers

People fish at the downstream lock of he Claiborne Lock and Dam on the Alabama River Wednesday, June 29, 2011, near Claiborne, Alabama. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to restrict traffic through the locks to save money.
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State officials are criticizing a plan that would limit lock usage on the Alabama and Chattahoochee rivers.

Citing budget cuts and low river traffic, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said starting Oct. 7 it will allow commercial boats to transit the locks if boat operators make an appointment 72 hours in advance. The locks allow boats to bypass dams that obstruct river travel.

Recreational boats can use the locks only if the locks are being used for another purpose.

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Politics & Government
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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