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That stinks!: Mad GA lady destroys perfume display

Posted: 12/21/2009 - ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Athens-Clarke police are looking for a woman who destroyed $1,000 worth of perfume at a store after being told she couldn't return items without a receipt.

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Riley hails $39M Medicaid bonus amid criticism

Posted: 12/21/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Gov. Bob Riley says a $39.1 million federal performance bonus the Alabama Medicaid agency received for its efforts to enroll more low-income children was the result of the hard work of state employees. But a Democratic budget chairman in the House, Rep. John Knight of Montgomery, says the Republican governor is trying to take credit for the Legislature expanding the health insurance program for low- and middle-income children. Knight says Riley attempted to veto the budget to stop the expansion. Riley said his veto of the budget was for the 2010 fiscal year and that the Medicaid bonus was for the 2009 fiscal year.

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Job losses harsh in poor Ala. counties

Posted: 12/21/2009 - SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's Black Belt is suffering some of the worst economic downturn in the nation. In October, Wilcox County posted a 25.1 percent jobless rate, which was the second highest in the nation.

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Alabama education board to discuss charter schools

Posted: 12/21/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The State Board of Education meets Tuesday to discuss legislation being prepared for the upcoming legislative session to authorize charter schools in Alabama.

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Landfill company, Ga. officials to discuss odor

Posted: 12/21/2009 - MONROE, Ga. (AP) -- A Jacksonville, Fla.-based company is scheduled to meet with Georgia officials to present a plan for stopping a foul odor coming from a landfill

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Ala. sheriff disputes cost of re-employing workers

Posted: 12/21/2009 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Jefferson County's interim finance director says about $3.1 million must be slashed from the budget to come up with money to bring back laid-off sheriff's office employees. But Sheriff Mike Hale says he only needs $1.2 million to re-employ 13 sworn deputies and 21 civilian employees.

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Ga. deputy charged with hiding suspect

Updated: 12/18/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- A DeKalb County sheriff's deputy has been arrested at her Atlanta home and charged with hiding a 28-year-old armed robbery suspect.

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Former Ala. lawyer charged with stealing $90,000

Posted: 12/18/2009 - MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A former Mobile lawyer is accused of stealing $90,000 from the estate of a client's husband and spending part of the money on a diamond ring.

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Ga. to request loan for unemployed

Posted: 12/17/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- State officials will request $70 million in federal loans when to sustain Georgia's dwindling unemployment insurance trust fund or face being unable to pay benefits to 260,000 unemployed Georgians as soon as next week. Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced the plan Thursday, along with new data showing state unemployment at 10.2 percent. He says the state has $25 million left in unemployment funds.

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Atlanta, ACLU settle school lawsuit

Posted: 12/16/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Public School system has settled a lawsuit with a civil rights group that claimed an alternative school was run more like a prison than an educational institution.

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Fog delays cruise ship docking in Mobile

Posted: 12/16/2009 - MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Heavy fog delayed the arrival in Mobile of Carnival's Fantasy cruise ship by nearly a day, and the trip for passengers boarding in Mobile was shortened. The ship was scheduled to dock Monday at about 7:30 a.m. and arrived around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Two Walton Fugitives Arrested in SE Alabama

Updated: 12/16/2009 - The Walton County Sheriff’s Office along with several Alabama law enforcement agencies’ arrested two fugitives on outstanding Florida warrants.

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800,000 Doses of Kids' Swine Flu Vaccine Recalled

Posted: 12/15/2009 - Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus.

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Alabama, Georgia, Florida governors talk water

Posted: 12/15/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The governors of Alabama, Georgia and Florida are meeting for the first time in two years to discuss a water sharing dispute that has been going on for two decades.

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Alabama candidates for gov. meet at civic club

Updated: 12/15/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Artur Davis ran into one of the other candidates for governor while making a speech to a Montgomery civic club. Davis spoke to the Montgomery Rotary Club on Monday. His audience included State Treasurer Kay Ivey, who's a club member.

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Thieves take Christmas decorations

Updated: 12/14/2009 - Police are on the lookout for whoever stole Christmas from an Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurant by swiping eight reindeer and $4,000 worth of other Christmas decorations at the restaurant.

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Study says some Ala. schools segregated

Posted: 12/14/2009 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A new study says the splintering of the Jefferson County school system into smaller city districts is renewing school segregation. An article published in a journal of the American Bar Foundation uses Jefferson County as the case study in how the creation of new city school districts has "accelerated population sorting by race and class."

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Jail addition delayed in Huntsville

Posted: 12/14/2009 - HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- The opening of an $80 million addition to Madison County Jail could be delayed by several more months. The high-rise building was finished in late September but remains empty while county and Huntsville city leaders haggle over each side's financial obligations.

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