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Alabama banks lost $451 million in 2010 by AnnistonStar
Feb 24, 2011 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
State chartered banks in Alabama lost a combined $451 million in 2010, according to data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The state's performance was hurt by Alabama's largest banks. Banks with more than $100 million in assets lost a combined $457 million for the year, while banks with le...
Man gets 27 years for Playstation robbery by AnnistonStar
Feb 24, 2011 |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
A Dothan man received more than 27 years in prison on Wednesday for the theft of a Playstation game system at gunpoint.  Assistant Houston County District Attorney David Holmes said Circuit Court Judge Michael Conaway sentenced Donald DeShawn McClain to 27 years and six months in prison for a fel...
Toomer's Corner trees: Auburn, Alabama student presidents plan symbolic trees on each campus by AnnistonStar
Feb 23, 2011 |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
A week after officials announced that Auburn's iconic Toomer's Corner oaks had been poisoned, student leaders from the University of Alabama and Auburn University announced a plan to grow trees on each campus to demonstrate unity and mutual respect.  "These trees will be permanent symbols of our ...
Before leaving office, Riley transferred $7.9 million to attorney general's office by AnnistonStar
Feb 23, 2011 |  4 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Gov. Bob Riley on the Friday before he left office in January transferred $7.9 million to the attorney general’s office to help new Attorney General Luther Strange as he entered office. .art_main_pic { width: 250px; float: left; clear: left; } The $7.9 million in unrestricted funds that Riley tra...
Friend says Toomer's Corner suspect living in car by AnnistonStar
Feb 23, 2011 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The man accused of poi­soning the trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn currently is living in a car and bathing himself in a creek, a friend of his said Tuesday. Wayne Barnes said he would not disclose the loca­tion of his friend, Harvey Updyke Jr., who is accused of dumping an herbicide into the s...
Birmingham's Northern Beltline cost estimate soars to $4.7 billion by AnnistonStar
Feb 23, 2011 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Birmingham's 52-mile Northern Beltline will cost $4.7 billion to build according to a new estimate, a big jump from the previous price of $3.4 billion issued in late 2009. According to Alabama Department of Transportation officials, the new cost estimate was developed in conjunction with the Fede...
Etowah County crackdown begins after sale of bath salts banned by AnnistonStar
Feb 23, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Agents with the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit and area law enforcement officers seized a popular new drug from local stores shelves Tuesday afternoon after state officials declared it illegal. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson on Tuesday hel...
Etowah County burglary nets $50,000 in cash, $36,000 in savings bonds by AnnistonStar
Feb 22, 2011 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Cash totaling $50,000 and other high-value items reportedly were taken last week from a residence in the Duck Springs Community. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the burglary that occurred Thursday at a residence on McClendon Road. Read the full story from The Gadsden Times.
Alabama ranks 9th for power plant emissions by AnnistonStar
Feb 21, 2011 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Alabama had the ninth highest total of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in 2010. According to data from the Environmental Integrity Project, Alabama's power plants emitted more than 84 million tons in 2010. That's up 14 percent from the 74,033,748 million tons the state's power plants e...
Postal contractor from Evergreen accused of stealing veterans' medicine from mail by AnnistonStar
Feb 21, 2011 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Derek Reed, a contract postal worker from Evergreen, pleaded not guilty last week to charges of stealing drugs sent through the mail by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Prosecutors had dropped an earlier charge, theft of mail matter by a postal employee.  The charge did not apply to Reed...

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