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Alabama News Aug 5

By: AP
By: AP

SIEGELMAN-DAUGHTER
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Don Siegleman's daughter has inherited his ability to move an audience.
She testified on his behalf Friday when the former Alabama governor was resentenced for bribery and other crimes. Her emotional presentation had many people in the courtroom wiping their eyes.
Even her dad.
She said her father's conviction caused her to drop out of graduate school and made her want to crawl in a hole. She told the judge that her father is a changed man, and it would be better to sentence him to community service than jail time.
The judge gave Siegelman six and one-half years in prison. Siegelman said the hardest part of his case is letting his family down.

POLICE SHOOTING
MADISON, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Madison say officers shot and killed a woman after she pointed a pistol at them.
The Huntsville Times reports the shooting happened after several people called 911 before 4 a.m. Saturday and said an armed woman was walking along their street threatening to shoot her neighbors.
Madison police say they found 55-year-old Deborah Jo Day walking along Michael Avenue with a gun in her hand. Police say she refused an order to drop the pistol and officers shot her when she raised the gun toward one of them.
The Madison County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shoot and all officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal review.

FORT RUCKER-COMMANDER
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (AP) -- The commanding general at Fort Rucker is preparing to say farewell to the Alabama Army post.
The Dothan Eagle reports Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield took his final flight Friday aboard an Apache helicopter before being doused with champagne upon landing -- a tradition for Army commanders.
Next week, Crutchfield will officially relinquish command of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker. He's leaving Alabama for Hawaii, where the general has been appointed chief of staff of the U.S. Pacific Command based at Camp H.M. Smith.
Crutchfield says he hopes Fort Rucker soldiers and their spouses will remember him for being upbeat and positive and for taking care of Army families.

SEAT BELT FINES
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Tuscaloosa court clerks are having trouble making change for $26 fines assessed for seat belt violations, so the City Council is considering raising the amount to an even $30.
The Tuscaloosa News reports the problems began in June after state lawmakers tacked a $16 "solicitor's fee" onto seat belt fines collected by local governments. In Tuscaloosa, failure to wear a seat belt previously cost $10.
Municipal Court Judge Madelene L. Hollingsworth says clerks can't keep enough $1 bills to make change for the new fine. As a result, the City Council is considering adding another $4.
However, the judge says she would also support the city shaving $1 off its portion of the fine, which would lower the overall amount to $25.

SOLDIER FUNERAL
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Friends and family are saying farewell to an Army soldier from Alabama who was killed in Afghanistan.
The Birmingham News reports funeral services were scheduled Saturday for 21-year-old Army Pfc. Julian L. Corvin at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham. He was to be buried at Elmwood Cemetery.
The Department of Defense says Colvin and Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry of Arizona were killed last Sunday by an improvised bomb while they were conducting a dismounted patrol in Kandahar. The slain soldiers served with the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.

UNEMPLOYMENT LOANS
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama has nearly repaid its debt to the federal government after borrowing $99 million to cover unemployment checks to jobless workers.
The Birmingham News reports the state owes only about $1 million in interest due in September. That's according to the National Employment Law Project, which issued a report showing Alabama fared better than many other states that needed loans after the recession drained their unemployment insurance programs.
The report's author, Mike Evangelist, says Alabama borrowed a relatively low amount that it could pay off in just a few years.
Unemployment in Alabama increased recently from 6.8 percent in April to 7.4 percent in June. But state officials say there are 36,000 fewer unemployed Alabamians than there were a year ago.


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