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Alabama News Sep 9

By: AP
By: AP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A fire on a Greyhound bus forced the evacuation of 13 passengers in Birmingham but did not cause any injuries.
Greyhound spokeswoman Maureen Richmond said a company driver noticed fire and smoke Saturday morning while driving on Interstate 65. The driver pulled over to the side of the highway and got the passengers off the bus.
The Birmingham News reports that city firefighters extinguished the blaze. Richmond said no one was injured.
The bus was headed from Nashville, Tenn., to Tallahassee, Fla. The passengers were delayed about an hour, and then put on another bus.

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) -- A new law in Alabama requires people convicted of drunk driving to install ignition locks on their vehicles.
The new law took effect Sept. 1. It requires convicted drunk drivers with a blood-alcohol level of .15 or higher to install an ignition lock in their vehicle.
Before starting a car, those drivers must exhale into a breathalyzer. If they have been drinking, the lock will prevent the engine from starting.
The Anniston Star reports that first- and second-time offenders must keep the locks on their cars for two years. A third conviction would force a motorist to use a lock for four years, while a fourth conviction would require that the system stay installed for five years.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Birmingham police are searching for a gunman who shot a man in the chest.
The Birmingham News reports that the attack happened just before 8 p.m. Friday at a west Birmingham complex.
Police Sgt. Matthew Nicosia said a suspect has been identified but was still on the run Friday night.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting. Another shooting was reported in the city earlier Friday.


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