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Regional News: Ala motorcycle; Zip Line over Chattahoochee; Miami Retail Ban possible on Dogs and Cats

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama entrepreneurs Lee Conn and Brian Case are out to prove that American-made motorcycles shouldn't all have to look like the laid-back cruisers made by Harley-Davidson. Motus Motorcycles founders are building a sport-touring machine, designed both for traveling in comfort over long distances and for more spirited riding once you reach prime motorcycling roads. MIAMI (AP) -- Miami city commissioners are considering a ban on the retail sale of dogs. The commissioners gave tentative approval Thursday to a six-month moratorium on new stores selling dogs or cats while officials consider an outright ban on commercial sales of the animals. The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/1uyMnGH ) that the commission acted at the urging of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. The group says retail pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills, and the unhealthy animals frequently end up in animal shelters. No pet store owners spoke during the commission meeting. The commission must approve the moratorium a second time for it to take effect. North Miami Beach and other South Florida cities have banned the commercial sale of puppies. SALMONELLA OUTBREAK-TRIAL ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- Jurors have begun deliberations in the federal trial of the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak five years ago. The jury started weighing evidence for a short time Friday before adjourning with no verdict. U.S. District Court Judge Louis W. Sands told jurors they won't return until Thursday because scheduling conflicts will require the court to recess the first part of next week. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell has been on trial since Aug. 1 on charges related to the outbreak that killed nine Americans and sickened 714. He and his brother, food broker Michael Parnell, are charged with shipping tainted food and faking lab tests for salmonella. The plant's quality control manager, Mary Wilkerson, is charged with obstruction of justice. CHATTAHOOCHEE ZIP LINE COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- A zip line carrying riders across the Chattahoochee River at the Georgia-Alabama state line has opened. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that officials from both states held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday and the course officially opens Saturday. Officials say the course cost $400,000 and is the only dual-zip line connecting two states. The line starts on the Georgia side, and carries riders at speed of 35 to 40 miles per hour to Phenix City on the Alabama side. Riders then can try a two-tier aerial course, ride another 400-foot zip line through the trees and ride a pontoon boat back to Columbus. Kids have to be at least 10 years old and weigh at least 70 pounds. The weight limit for riders is 250 pounds.

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