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Regional News: 90,000 Alabamians lose health policies; Oyster industry relief; Burns explores Roosevelt legacy

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Franklin Roosevelt

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- To get a sense of the Republicans' internal struggle, look at the race in Alabama's 1st Congressional District.
Tuesday's runoff will test the business community's effort to counter conservative activists who have pushed the party to the right.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed lawyer Bradley Byrne -- and so have many other business groups.
His opponent is Dean Young, a former adviser to state Chief Justice Roy Moore, the famous Ten Commandments judge.
Young bills the race as a battle between establishment Republicans and tea partyers.
Despite the internal party struggle, both candidates take the same positions on issues at the core of Capitol Hill gridlock.
Republican Jo Bonner resigned the seat for a job with the University of Alabama System.

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) -- A dentist in Hoover has collected more than 100 pounds of leftover Halloween candy to send to American troops overseas. Dr. James Sanderson Jr. held a two-hour candy buyback Friday afternoon, paying people a dollar for every pound of candy donated.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- About 90,000 Alabamians will have to find new health insurance policies because their current policies don't meet the requirements of the federal health care law. The Associated Press compiled the 90,000 figure by contacting Alabama's major health insurance companies.

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- A Headland man has been sentenced to serve nine years in prison for threatening a police officer. Calvin Earl Cochran Jr. was sentenced Friday on a felony charge of making a terrorist threat. A Houston County jury found Cochran guilty in September.

Injury declaration for oyster industry approved
APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved an economic injury declaration Gov. Rick Scott requested for parts of the Florida Panhandle affected by the collapse of the commercial oyster fishery.
The News Herald reports that Franklin, Gulf, Liberty and Wakulla counties are included in the declaration approved Friday. Small businesses will be eligible for as much as $2 million in low-interest loans.
The oyster shortage has been blamed on a lack of freshwater flowing into Apalachicola Bay. Last month, Florida filed a lawsuit accusing Georgia of consuming too much fresh water from a river system that serves three Southeastern states.
In a statement Friday, Scott said declaration was a "great victory in our fight for the Florida families who rely on our commercial oyster industry to make a living."

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- More than 200 people gathered at a Tampa Bay-area school to remember two children who police say were killed by their father.
Hernando County authorities say Daniel Castrillon-Oreggo killed 7-year-old Sebastian and 8-year-old Susana last weekend during a planned visit, then turned the gun on himself. Castrillon-Oreggo's wife had recently filed for divorce.
On Friday night, hundreds of children and parents lit candles outside Chocachatti Elementary School in Brooksville, where the children had been students.
Some students told The Tampa Bay Times that they remembered Sebastian and Susana as funny, kind children known for their friendship and the ability to make other people laugh.
Assistant Principal Cari O'Rouke said the children were loved deeply by their family, their friends and their teachers.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Former Florida Republican governor turned Democrat Charlie Crist is running for his old job with his new party. The state Division of Elections posted the filing by Crist on its website Friday. Crist is scheduled to make an announcement Monday morning in St. Petersburg.

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities continue to search for the bodies of a missing central Florida woman and her two young children. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the search crew now numbers 80. They are looking for 28-year-old Yessenia Suarez and her children -- ages eight and nine.

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Call them surf dogs.
The Florida International Dog Surfing Championship kicks off Saturday in Cocoa Beach with dogs from Florida having a surf-off withdogs from South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, New Jersey and Virginia.
Event organizer Adam Steinberg tells Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/18KC8S1 ) the event will be "pawesome," adding the doggie sport has been around for ten years on the West Coast. The East Coast Dog Surfing Championship has been held at the Easter Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach the past two years.
Steinberg adds that the training process is intense and just as challenging "as human surfing." His dogs, Booker and Onyx, are already in competitive training mode. Their diet includes high protein, vegetables and vitamins. No carbs allowed and they must exercise twice a day.

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) -- Filmmaker Ken Burns says he wants to tell the story of the Roosevelts, both strengths and flaws, in his upcoming documentary on one of America's most famous political families.
Burns previewed parts of the 14-hour series Saturday during a Roosevelt family reunion on the grounds of the Georgia polio clinic purchased by President Franklin Roosevelt. The film airs next year and explores the history of Roosevelt, his wife, Eleanor, and President Theodore Roosevelt.
Burns said the Roosevelt political legacy remains relevant now as U.S. leaders debate how big the federal government should be.
The Roosevelts featured in the film lived and governed during a time of enormous change in the U.S, including the country's emergence as a world power, the Great Depression, World War II and the civil rights struggle.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Police say the body of a 10-year-old girl has been found in a trash can at a metro Atlanta apartment complex. Gwinnett County police said in a statement that a man called 911 at 3:43 a.m. Saturday and said he was suicidal. He also said his daughter drank some type of chemical and was dead.

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) -- Emergency officials say three people were hurt when a car crashed into the front of a Coweta County Waffle House. Battalion Chief Stephen Brown with the Newnan fire department says the driver and two people inside the restaurant were taken to a hospital after the Friday night wreck.


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