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GOP proposes groceries tax credit for the poor

Updated: 04/08/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republicans in the Alabama House have offered an alternative to a bill they have rejected three times to remove the state's 4 percent sales tax from groceries.

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Alabama's tax collections down 3.6% from last year

Posted: 04/08/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The tax collections for Alabama's government through the first half of the fiscal year are down 3.6 percent from the same period a year ago.

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Panel OKs bill to stop food bonuses for sheriffs

Posted: 04/08/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama House committee has passed a bill that would prevent country sheriffs from keeping unspent money allocated for feeding prisoners.

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Legislators offer plan to secure tuition program

Posted: 04/08/2009 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two Republican legislators are working on a plan to shore up Alabama's financially troubled prepaid college tuition program without using state tax dollars.

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Judge asks for briefs in Jeffco sewer bond case

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A federal judge has called for both sides to submit briefs in Jefferson County's bid to block insurers from having a receiver appointed over the county's sewer operations.

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Some Ala. House members refuse to take pay hike

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Nine members of the Alabama House have written letters refusing the automatic cost-of-living pay increase for legislators that went into effect last week.

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Ala. Senate Democrats back Little after arrest

Posted: 04/07/2009 - State Senate Democrats are expressing support for Sen. Zeb Little remaining as their majority leader after he apologized for alcohol use that led to his arrest for driving under the influence.

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Guilty plea in death of Grant police chief

Posted: 04/07/2009 - GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The capital murder trial of 23-year-old Jerid Lee Eldridge in the shooting death of Grant Police Chief Verlon LeMaster has ended with a guilty plea on a reduced charge.

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Four found dead in Northwest Alabama home

Posted: 04/07/2009 - Authorities say two women and two children have been found shot to death in a home in rural north Alabama, and the estranged husband of one of the slain women is being sought for questioning.

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