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Crowd forms in Tuscaloosa for utility bill help

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Hundreds of people have gathered at the
Community Service Programs office in Tuscaloosa to seek help with
paying their utility bills.

The large group led organizers to call Tuscaloosa police to help
with crowd control Monday.

Some people started lining up at 3 a.m. to make appointments to
meet with CSP staff and apply for assistance with their bills.

Police spokesman Officer Brent Blankley said officials were
called around 9 a.m. after a fight was reported between two people
in line.

CSP uses several programs to help families with high energy
bills, including the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance
Program (LIHEAP), Alabama Business Charitable (ABC) Trust Fund,
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and Project
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