Regional News: AL Miner Death; FL Wild Animals in Public Places: GA Fraud

By: AP
By: AP

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A miner who died in an accident at an Alabama coal mine has been identified as a 36-year-old Pleasant Grove man. The accident happened Thursday at Jim Walter Resources Mine No. 7. Christopher G. Brown fell from a walkway onto equipment that was in operation.
FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Fairfield say a young boy shot himself in the finger. The 5-year-old was playing with his grandparents' gun Friday afternoon when he accidentally shot his own finger. Police say they don't expect to file any charges in the accidental shooting.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- A historic black cemetery in Gadsden has been named to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register. The earliest known headstone in the cemetery dates to 1888. The commission says burials at the cemetery stopped in the 1940s when the city took the neighborhood by eminent domain.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- More than 1,000 high school seniors are headed to the University of Alabama for Boys State and Girls State. Activities begin Sunday in Tuscaloosa, with Gov. Robert Bentley scheduled to address the boys and Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey speaking to the girls. The activities continue through June 15.

LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Fla. (AP) -- One person has been confirmed dead after a private plane crashed into the Everglades.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reports the small plane crashed Saturday into the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge about 20 miles west of Boynton Beach. The site could only be reached by airboats.
The deceased person has not been identified.
FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac told The Palm Beach Post the twin engine Cessna 340 departed Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Saturday morning en route to Leesburg, northwest of Orlando. The newspaper reports the plane is registered to Paul S. Soule Enterprises.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge is listening to a third day of testimony that will help her decide if voice-recognition experts should be allowed at George Zimmerman's trial. Testimony was continuing Saturday, only two days before jury selection starts in Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Daytona Beach police officer shot and killed an alligator after it became aggressive toward children throwing things at it. One of the officers fired a shot at the alligator's head. When they tried to pull it ashore, it thrashed around again and two more shots were fired. It was more than 10 feet long.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Residents in one downtown Orlando neighborhood have an unusual visitor in their midst: A bear.
The Orlando Police Department reports the bear wandered its way up into a tree Saturday near Lake Lorne Doone and the Florida Citrus Bowl stadium.
Priceless Bar-B-Que owner Raymond Price says at first he didn't believe it when he was told a bear was walking up and down the street near his restaurant at about 2 a.m.
But seven hours later, Price saw the animal himself resting up in a tree. He estimated the bear weighs between 300 and 350 pounds.
Police say the bear has not threatened anyone and has been tagged by wildlife officials.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's Republican governor and Atlanta's Democratic mayor have forged a powerful political alliance that appears to be paying dividends. Major corporations have announced moves to Atlanta and neither Gov. Nathan Deal nor Mayor Kasim Reed is facing a significant re-election challenge so far. Observers say the two stay focused on shared interests such as economic development.
ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal audit says Georgia's Labor Department failed to have adequate systems in place to detect and recover millions of dollars in unemployment benefits improperly paid over a three-year period. Agency spokesman Sam Hall says the office is upgrading its technology and implementing programs to catch the overpayments.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta's metro transit authority projects that it will keep fares at current levels for the budget year that begins July 1. The MARTA board will meet June 20 to consider an $857.4 million spending plan. That includes almost $430 million for operations and more than $430 million for capital expenses.
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw is planning a $1.1 million expansion. Museum officials say the museum will become one of the largest centers for researchers, scholars and historians studying Southern railroads.

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