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Obama to hold private meetings

Updated: 10/08/2009 - President Barack Obama is spending much of the day in private, with closed-door meetings scheduled with senior advisers and officials such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Ala. county reopening 2 courthouses

Posted: 10/08/2009 - Jefferson County will reopen its Homewood and Center Point satellite courthouses on Monday as more than 650 county employees return to work from 10 weeks of unpaid leave, but interim Finance Director Travis Hulsey says the county's finances remain shaky.

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Police: CSU student set off explosives on campus

Posted: 10/08/2009 - A 21-year-old student has been arrested after homemade explosives were detonated on the main campus of Columbus State University. University police arrested Caleb Miles Miller of Mauk, Ga. in connection with the two incidents.

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Alabama receives $27 million in stimulus funds

Posted: 10/08/2009 - Alabama has received an additional $27 million in federal stimulus funds for energy programs. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said the funding Wednesday completes the entire $55 million allotted to the state to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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Ala. doc accused on porn charge to plead not guilty

Posted: 10/08/2009 - A lawyer for a former north Alabama pediatrician already facing child rape charges in state court will plead innocent to a new federal child pornography charge. The attorney for Dr. Michael Roy Sharpe of Albertville says he is loking forward to having a trial to demonstrate his innocence.

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Florida man convicted of defrauding Ga. Medicaid

Posted: 10/06/2009 - A federal jury has convicted a Florida man with defrauding the Georgia Medicaid program in a scheme that cost taxpayers $1.1 million. The jury returned the guilty verdict against 36-year-old Varian Scott of Miami, Fla., on Monday.

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Ala. corrections officer charged

Posted: 10/06/2009 - Authorities say a corrections officer at the Loxley Work Release Center in Baldwin County has been charged with sexual misconduct involving an inmate.

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CDC: Fewer Schools Selling Candy, Soda

Posted: 10/05/2009 - A new government report finds that fewer U.S. high schools and middle schools are selling candy and salty snacks to students.

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Ala. can't afford longer school day

Posted: 10/05/2009 - Alabama officials say the state can't afford to enforce President Barack Obama's suggestion of lengthening the school day. President Obama says that children should spend more time in school to make U.S. education globally competitive.

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UAB gets cancer research grant

Posted: 10/05/2009 - The National Institutes of Health has given the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Comprehensive Cancer Center an $11.5 million grant for cervical cancer research.

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Ga Tech students robbed at gunpoint

Posted: 10/02/2009 - Atlanta police are investigating a report by three Georgia Tech students that they were robbed at gunpoint a short distance from the campus.

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Disputed Census Figures Show Drop in Alabama Poverty

Posted: 09/30/2009 - U.S. Census figures show that more people moved above the poverty line in Alabama than in any state in the country. But advocates for the poor say many in Alabama continue to suffer the effects of poverty and that the census numbers were gathered in 2008 before the worst effects of the recession hit the state.

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Court asked if old offenses can get new penalties

Posted: 09/30/2009 - The Supreme Court will decide whether sex offenders who didn't register with state officials before harsher punishments went into effect can still be sentenced to extra time in prison.

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Local govt. considers 4-day workweek

Posted: 09/28/2009 - Village officials in Wellington are considering shifting to a four-day workweek to save money during the national economic downturn.

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Men charged with using homeless men in fraud

Posted: 09/28/2009 - A pair of South Carolina men have pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges along with two homeless men they recruited to cash tens of thousands of dollars' worth of stolen corporate checks in southwest Alabama and Mississippi.

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Governor marks Hands On Georgia Week

Posted: 09/28/2009 - Gov. Sonny Perdue is urging citizens and businesses to find ways to serve their communities during Hands On Georgia Week, which runs through Saturday.

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