Area News: Former Ala Attorney General Creates Bingo Game; FDIC Closes Marianna Bank

By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The former Alabama attorney general who lost his job after feuding with the governor over electronic bingo has started a business that's selling a new twist on the game. reports ( ex-Attorney General Troy King, who was voted out of office in the 2010 Republican primary, now heads a company called Innovate! Technologies Group LLC. The company's product is a game called O-craps! -- essentially bingo played on a felt-covered casino table like a dice game.
King says the game looks like craps, but with bingo balls and bingo cards.
When Gov. Bob Riley was in office and trying to shut down casinos offering electronic bingo, King maintained the games might be legal in Alabama.
King says he's focused on selling his new game in markets outside Alabama.

VANCE, Ala. (AP) -- Mercedes-Benz's Alabama plant has been named the state's large manufacturer of the year by the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network. Mercedes-Benz began making automobiles in Alabama in 1997 and built a record 180,379 vehicles last year.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Olympian Bridget Sloan helped Florida lead the six qualifiers for the team finals in the NCAA women's gymnastics championships. Two-time defending national champion Alabama won the night session at 197.350, Oklahoma was second at 197.200, and UCLA third at 197.200. The individual event finals are Sunday.

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- USA Today founder Al Neuharth changed American newspapers by putting easy-to-read articles and bright graphics in his national daily publication, which he began in 1982 when he ran the Gannett Co. newspaper group.
Neuharth died Friday in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 89.
The news was announced by USA Today and by the Newseum, which he also founded.
He wanted to create a bright, breezy, fun newspaper that would catch people's attention and not take itself too seriously.
During Neuharth's more than 15 years at the helm of Gannett, the company became the nation's largest newspaper company. Its annual revenues increased from $200 million to more than $3 billion. He became president and CEO of the company in 1973 and chairman in 1979. He retired in 1989.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Fire Rescue officials say a child playing with a lighter accidently set the family's Tampa home on fire.
More than two dozen firefighters arrived at the blaze Friday night and spent about twenty minutes putting out the flames.
Tampa Fire Marshal Investigator Chris Stone interviewed the family and says the mother was in the shower while one of her three young children got hold of a lighter. When she got out of the shower, she saw flames and quickly evacuated the three children. No one was injured, but officials said the home was seriously damaged.
The Red Cross is helping the family find shelter.

FDIC closes 2 banks in Florida, 1 in Kentucky
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Regulators on Friday closed two small banks in Florida and one in Kentucky, bringing the total number of U.S. bank closures to eight for this year.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said that state regulators closed First Federal Bank, based in Lexington, Ky.
The FDIC also shuttered Heritage Bank of North Florida, in Orange Park, and Chipola Community Bank, in Marianna, Fla.
Regulators enlisted three other banks to assume all the failed lenders' deposits and purchase essentially all their assets.
The failure of the three banks is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund a combined $50.2 million.

Ga. testing plan to pump rivers with extra water
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia will soon test whether pumping underground water into regional rivers can boost flows to protect wildlife and possibly help resolve a tri-state water dispute.
Gov. Nathan Deal's administration has approved spending $4.6 million on a project testing whether excess water can be stored underground, then be pumped back into streams and rivers when needed during dry periods.
Backers of the plan say it could prevent the die-off of wildlife or even become part of a $1 billion fleet of wells providing more water to parched rivers. They say if Alabama and Florida could be guaranteed more water downstream, it may ease water conflicts between the states.
For years, Alabama and Florida have contended that metro Atlanta uses too much water, diminishing the water available for other users and hurting wildlife.

UGA helps launch Digital Public Library of America
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The University of Georgia is helping in a groundbreaking project aimed at making vast collections of libraries, archives and museums publicly available.
Georgia is among seven pilot sites participating in the Digital Public Library of America project, launched last summer by Harvard University. A prototype went live this week.
The project's goal is to create a virtual public library with local archives digital, searchable and free.
The Digital Library of Georgia is based at the University of Georgia Libraries and is part of Georgia's statewide virtual library, GALILEO. It already includes more than 1 million digital files.
Among the items to be included are the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's collection of more than 5 million images and a short film that may be the earliest moving images of baseball filmed in Georgia.

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