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BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WBRC-TV) --- Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press.

SHOOTOUT DEATH
   One killed in Christmas Eve shooting
  
   SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) -- Police are still investigating a
Christmas Eve shooting that left one person dead.
   Officials say it happened just after 4-'o-clock Saturday
afternoon in Scottsboro.
   Scottsboro Police Chief Ralph Dawe said 47-year-old David Green
was suspected of shooting and killing his wife, 41-year-old Sheila
Green.
   Sheila Green allegedly came to the home and fired a weapon
first.
   Dawe also said the husband had taken out a restraining order
against his wife.
   No charges had been filed in the case late last night and Dawe
says the investigation is far from complete.
  
  
BOY KILLED
   7-year-old boy killed in accidental shooting near Robertsdale
  
   MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- An autopsy is scheduled today for a
7-year-old boy who was killed over the holiday weekend when he was
accidentally shot near Robertsdale.
   It's at least the second time this month that a child has been
shot to death in Baldwin and Mobile counties.
   Baldwin County Coroner Huey Mack Senior said the boy was shot
Sunday. He told the Press-Register in a story for today's edition's
that the caliber of the gun and information about what led to the
boy's death were not available.
   The body was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where
the autopsy is planned.
   Lindsey Warren died December 12th after being struck in the head
by a B-B fired from a Pumpmaster air rifle.
   Mobile police said the 14-year-old died at U-S-A
Children's-and-Women's Hospital after being shot in the head.
   The name and age of the boy who shot her has not been released.
  
  
SUSPECTS ARRESTED
   Three arrested in stabbing of Madison man
  
   (APCREDIT: Barry Hiett, WHNT-TV)
   HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Three suspects believed to be involved
in the stabbing of a Madison man have been arrested and charged
with first-degree robbery.
   Bond has been set at $20,000 for Gabriel Edwards, Pharoah Pharr
and Moises Vazquez, who were all taken to the Madison County Jail
over the weekend.
   Police say attempted murder charges could come later for the
stabbing of Will Holden.
   Holden said he's just happy to be around this Christmas and
wants the people who hurt him to stay behind bars.
  
  
CHILD KILLED
   11-year-old accidentally shot, killed in Wetumpka
  
   WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP)-- An 11-year-old girl was accidentally shot
and killed while playing with a young relative during a Christmas
party over the weekend.
   The boy, also 11, shot the girl with a .22-caliber rifle after
they went into a room to play on Friday, according to Detective
Sergeant Gary Edwards of the Wetumpka Police Department.
   The names of the youth were not released. It was unclear how
they were related.
   Edwards said the case will go before a grand jury but it's
unlikely the boy will be charged.
   The victim died at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery
Friday night.
  
  
DAY-AFTER SHOPPING
   Alabama retailers gearing up for busy shopping day
     
   MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama retailers are gearing up for the
busy day-after Christmas shopping rush.
   That's when many shoppers visit to return or exchange gifts or
redeem gift cards received over the holidays.
   Trade associations nationally estimate that retailers will book
up to 15 percent of their holiday business in the week after
Christmas.
   Some stores throughout the state will open early or close late
today to accommodate the anticipated rush.
   Patrice Duker of the International Council of Shopping Centers
suggests that shoppers check a store's hours and exchange or return
policies before setting out.
   She warns that shoppers will need plenty of patience.
  
  
ORGAN DONORS
   Organ donations a costly affair
  
   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- John Wayne Bennett couldn't spring for
as many Christmas presents for his kids this year because he had
already given a generous gift.
   The single father of two donated a kidney to a good friend at
Birmingham's U-A-B Hospital in November.
   Bennett isn't alone in facing the financial burden. Organ donors
spend money on travel, sometimes don't have insurance to cover
unexpected follow-up care and miss weeks of work.
   The National Organ Transplant Act forbids the offer of any
"valuable consideration" in exchange for an organ. Donors can
receive "reasonable payments" for expenses, housing and lost
wages.
   Bennett is a Sand Rock native who lives in Cedartown, Georgia.
   John Phipps of Dothan donated a kidney last week to a friend at
the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
   Both men say they don't regret the gift in the least.
   By last count, there were 2,382 people in Alabama waiting for
donor kidneys.
  
  
DOG'S CHRISTMAS
   Pell City family gets lost dog back for Christmas
  
   PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) -- A Pell City girl got her long-lost dog
back for Christmas.
   Louie -- a 70-pound brown and white boxer -- had been missing
from Michael and Legay Barber's home on Logan Martin Lake for 13
months. Then the family spotted his photo on the Web site of a
Calhoun County animal shelter.
   The Barbers picked him up last Thursday -- but planned on saving
the news for a Christmas morning surprise for 12-year-old daughter
Madison.
   Louie had been missing since the day after Thanksgiving 2005.
   Madison had asked for a puppy for Christmas. At first, her
father said no but then he saw a television show about pet
adoptions. He visited a Web site advertising dogs for adoption.
   Madison's sister Hillary later ran a search for boxers on the
site and Louie's face popped up.
  
  
THE GRILL
   Decades-old Thomasville restaurant may close
  
   THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Thomasville's oldest operating
restaurant may close in the next three months.
   The Grill has been around since the 1940s, serving up
cheeseburgers and meat-and-veggie combos for residents and
travelers. It could be closing in the next three months to make way
for a Walgreen's drug store.
   It has some 25 or so employees in this Black Belt city, where
"Help Wanted" signs aren't exactly plentiful.
   The Grill has long been a stopping point for hunters who travel
to Clarke County or those traveling up U.S. 43 between Mobile and
Tuscaloosa for Alabama football games.
  
   (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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