State Representative Jim Patterson

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Alabama legislator Jim Patterson of Meridianville has died.    Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said Patterson died Monday of a heart attack. He was 67.    Patterson, a Republican, was first elected to the Alabama Legislature in 2010.    

 Patterson is survived by his wife, Susan Carter Patterson, and their children. According to his legislative biography, Patterson served in the United States Army from 1972 until 1976 and then served another six years in the Army Reserves. He retired after 29 years as a pharmaceutical representative.

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Attorneys for death row inmate Vernon Madison will spend today looking for a last minute stay of execution. APR’s Pat Duggins reports the case also points out a part of Alabama’s legal system that remains controversial.

Vernon Madison is on Alabama’s death row after Mobile County Circuit Judge Ferrill McRae overrode the jury’s recommendation of life in prison. Alabama is the only state in the nation where a judge can do that.