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By: AP
By: AP
Alabama governor hosts congressional group heading to Selma... move over for garbage trucks?... Tuscaloosa killer... horse herpes... illegal nonnative animal amnesty... Jurassic Park exhibit with moving

Police Disruption of Attempted Beginning of Selma to Montgomery March in March 1965

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A congressional delegation headed to the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma visited Montgomery on Saturday to see a civil rights attraction and visit the governor.
About 200 people turned out to see the delegation led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia place a wreath at the Civil Rights Memorial. The wreath was to honor people killed in the civil rights movement.
Gov. Robert Bentley hosted a reception at the Capitol on Saturday evening for the congressional delegation, civil rights figures and other leaders. Bentley said it's important to embrace the state's history, and it's also important to show people how Alabama has changed.
The delegation heads to Selma on Sunday to re-enact the 1965 voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Lewis was one of the original marchers.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama motorists would have to move over for garbage trucks -- as they currently do for emergency vehicles -- under legislation being considered in the Legislature. A bill by Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw called "Move Over Alabama" is expected to be considered in the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Wednesday.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Tuscaloosa police say the killer of a retired University of Alabama professor is likely a young person who lives in the same area. A retired FBI agent worked with local investigators to develop a criminal profile in their hunt for the killer of 73-year-old Kate Ragsdale. She was found dead in her home in the Highlands neighborhood last Sunday.

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Another facility in Marion County has been quarantined after a horse tested positive for a highly contagious equine herpes virus.
The Ocala Star Banner reports (http://bit.ly/VV2ZIP ) that state officials isolated Calder Farm in Ocala on Friday. The newspaper also says this is the seventh facility to be quarantined due to an outbreak of the virus.
Known as EHV-1, the virus is spread through respiratory secretions and via contaminated feed buckets, food, grooming tools and other equine equipment. It's not transmittable to humans.
State officials, horse owners and veterinarians took strict precautions earlier this week to contain the spread of the virus. Confirmed cases have been linked to a major horse show in north-central Florida. The virus can result in neurological disease, respiratory disease, abortion and neonatal death in horses.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Wildlife officials are giving pet owners in Fort Myers a chance to surrender their nonnative animals -- free of charge and without penalties.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission teamed up with the Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area for Saturday's Exotic Pet Amnesty Day. The event is taking place at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.
Wildlife officials say the goal is to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild by pet owners who can no longer -- or no longer want to -- care for the invasive pets.
It's illegal to release any animal not native to Florida. FWC says more than 500 nonnative species have been found in the wild and more than 130 have reproducing populations.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- It's like "Jurassic Park" -- without the death and dismemberment.
The DinoTrek exhibit opens this weekend at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and will continue through June 30. In Tampa, DinoQuest2 is opening at Lowry Park Zoo, set to run through May 28. The exhibits will each feature more than 20 giant, animatronic dinosaurs.
A foggy path in DinoTrek leads to a moat and crosses over a floating dock to a wooded area. There the mechanized dinosaurs will move and roar. Children can also dig for fossils nearby.
DinoQuest2 is actually the return of an exhibit from two years ago, but officials say half the dinosaurs this time are new.
For more information, go to www.dinotrekjaxzoo.org and www.lowryparkzoo.com/dinoquest .

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police say they have busted a ring of retail stores found selling nearly $2 million worth of counterfeit items. Police officers hauled away bags full of purses, jeans and shoes from six stories Friday night. They found roughly enough counterfeit merchandise to fill a U-Haul truck.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say two patrol cars crashed while participating in a traffic-safety crackdown on Interstate 20 in Augusta. A Richmond County deputy was taken to a hospital after crashing with a Habersham County deputy's patrol car Friday night. The wreck happened as both deputies were helping with Operation Thunder, a 90-day statewide crackdown targeting drunken drivers, speeders and seat-belt violations.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia schools that teach children from military families are bracing for a mid-year blow from the automatic budget cuts triggered in Washington. While many of the $85 billion in automatic cuts wouldn't take effect until next school year, reductions to a program called Impact Aid are expected this spring. The program pays up to $38 million a year to 23 Georgia school districts that lose revenue because military bases and federal low-rent housing don't pay property taxes.


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