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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is calling legislators into a special session Monday to hammer out a General Fund Budget, but legislators may have other plans.

An e-mail sent from House Speaker Mike Hubbard to members of the House of Representatives hints at plans to circumvent the session. The e-mail describes a plan put forth by Speaker Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh to convene the legislature as asked on Monday, then immediately adjourn until August 3rd.

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The southern tip of Cullman County has slipped into a drought despite recent rain.

The Cullman Times reports dry conditions have been a concern for farmers growing winter livestock grasses.

Scattered thunderstorms Friday brought some relief, but not enough to make up for the past month of dry weather.

A report that tracks soil moisture across the country shows that drought conditions in Alabama have improved slightly over the past week.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday found that 63.74 percent of Alabama is still dealing with abnormally dry conditions.

Al.com reports that the percentage is down from 65.01 percent last week.

The National Drought Mitigation Center

Drought is quickly spreading across Alabama.

Statistics released Thursday show about two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry, and about 10 percent of the state is in a moderate drought.

A week of hot, dry weather made conditions worse. Less than half the state was experiencing any type of drought conditions a week ago.

The situation also is much worse than this time last year, when rainfall levels were normal and Alabama was drought-free.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Nearly 20 percent of Alabama is experiencing abnormally dry weather, but the state remains drought-free.

The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor says parts of central and southeastern Alabama are drier than normal. Combined, the area makes up about 19 percent of the state.

That's worse than a year ago, when the entire state had sufficient rainfall. But federal statistics don't show any drought conditions in Alabama, and most counties are at or above normal rainfall levels.

http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/lanier/ / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will release more water from Lake Lanier and West Point Lake because of drought conditions in Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Weather forecasts aren't predicting rain in the region over the next two weeks, and more water is needed at Lake Seminole and Walter F. George. So the corps will release additional water from the northern reservoirs to make up the water flow lost due to the lack of rain.