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A former Auburn University lab technician accused of distributing a chemical similar to a date-rape drug has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Court documents say Stephen Howard's guilty plea to three counts of possessing and distributing a form of butanediol was accepted yesterday by U.S. District Judge Charles Coody.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the chemical known as BD is odorless and colorless and is used as a sedative.

Interstate Bridge Inspections Planned In Irondale

Sep 3, 2012
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State highway officials say inspections are planned for the interstate bridge on Interstate 20 in Irondale. The Alabama Department of Transportation reports two bridge inspections are planned on the I-20 flyover ramp bridges to I-459 on Wednesday — weather permitted. The first inspection will require the right lane of the I-20 eastbound ramp to I459 northbound to be closed in the area of the inspection. The second inspection will require the right lane of the I-20 westbound ramp to I-459 southbound to be closed in the area of inspection.