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

U-S IRAQ-ALA
   Ala. delegation votes along party lines on Iraq funding bill
   
   CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- Alabama's seven member delegation voted
along party lines as the House voted to require President Bush to
bring combat troops from Iraq next year.
   Democrats Bud Cramer and Artur Davis sided the majority.
Republicans Terry Everett, Spencer Bachus, Robert Aderholt, Jo
Bonner and Mike Rogers voted against the measure.
   The final tally was 218-to-212.
   The 124 (b) billion-dollar war spending bill that would require
combat operations to cease before next September -- or earlier if
the Iraqi government does not meet certain requirements.
   The measure is unlikely to get through the Senate unchanged.
   The president has vowed to veto the bill.
   
   
ABORTION CLINICS-RULE
   Advocates mull proposed certification rule for abortion docs
   
   MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama groups divided on abortion are
united in opposition to new requirements state health officials are
proposing for doctors who perform the procedure.
   Anti-abortion advocates say two of the three new certification
methods proposed are too lax to be effective.
   Those who support abortion object to all three of the proposed
methods and say the new certification requirements are unnecessary.
   Under current rules abortions can be performed by a licensed
physician who is credentialed by a clinic's medical director.
   Two of the proposed amendments would require that certification
be from an accredited U-S- residency or fellowship program, or from
an accredited hospital that gave them staff privileges that include
abortions.
   The third way to get certified would be from a properly trained
"disinterested physician" who observed the doctor and verified
the physician's skill doing abortions.
   Written public comments on the proposal will be accepted until
April 4th.
   
   
MURDER CONVICTION
   Jeffco jury convicts man in double homicide
   
   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Jefferson County jurors yesterday
convicted Michael Mays of capital murder for a double homicide and
recommended life in prison without parole.
   19-year-old Mays was convicted in January 22nd, 2006 shooting
deaths of Loreal Bussey and Reginald Taylor. Bussey and Taylor were
shot 15 times as they lay in bed in the house where Mays lived a
few hours after an argument between Bussey and Mays.
   Jurors decided to convict Mays of capital murder rather than
reckless manslaughter. But they unanimously advised that he spend
life in prison without parole instead of being put to death.
   The sentencing verdict is a recommendation. The ultimate
decision on the sentece is up to Circuit Judge Alfred Bahakel.
Sentencing is set for April 24th.
   
   
OBIT-GREEN
   Former state senator and USA founder dies at 82
   
   MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Aubrey D- Green, the former Alabama state
senator whose leadership in the state senate led to the founding of
the University of South Alabama died Thursday. He was 82.
   He died following a brief illness, according to a statement from
the University of South Alabama Foundation.
   Green, of York, was a founding member and former chairman of the
board of trustees of the University of South Alabama and a former
president of the University of South Alabama Foundation. He was
also a U-S Army combat veteran, having served in World War II.
   Green, an automobile dealer, was elected in 1959 to the state
senate, where he served until 1963. In 1963, he helped enact the
legislation that established the University of South Alabama. From
1963 to 1993, he served on the university's board of trustees.
   Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the York Baptist
Church, with visitation from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The family has
requested donations be made to the USA Foundation for the Aubrey D.
And Ellen Fulton Green Scholarship Fund.
   
   
DRUG ARRESTS
   Toulminville woman and 2 sons arrested on drug charges
   
   MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Mobile police arrested two men and their
mother on drug charges after finding drugs in their Toulminville
home.
   Police spokesman Eric Gallichant said 60-year-old Alberta
Williams, 22-year-old Eric Williams and 23-year-old Christopher
Williams were arrested Thursday night at about seven-50 p-m. Police
found powder cocaine, marijuana and pills during a search of their
home.
   Gallichant said Alberta Williams was charged with possession of
a controlled substance and second-degree possession of marijuana.
Eric Williams was charged with trafficking cocaine and
second-degree possession of marijuana. Christopher Williams was
charged with first-degree possession of marijuana.
   Gallichant said police found 38 grams of powder cocaine, 230
grams of marijuana, a small amount of OxyContin pills, three
handguns and about 28-hundred dollars during a raid on the home.
   
   
ESCAPEE CAUGHT
   2 Tarrant police officers injured while chasing escapee
   
   TARRANT, Ala. (AP) -- Two Tarrant police officers were slightly
injured yesterday afternoon while trying to catch an escapee.
   Police detective John Jones said the officers were trying to
stop a 21-year-old man who escaped from the municipal court
building after being sentenced to 90 days in jail for reckless
endangerment.
   The fleeing man made it into his car. He ran over one officer's
foot and dragged the other a few feet before getting onto Alabama
79. Jones said police caught the man about two miles away after he
crashed his car and ran into a wooded area.
   The man had been convicted of a misdemeanor. Jones said Tarrant
will now seek felony charges involving assault and escape.
   
   
MAN HANGED
   Man found hanging near I-20/59 in Bessemer
   
   BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) -- Bessemer police say a man found yesterday
morning hanging from a tree limb appears to have committed suicide.
   Sgt. Hank Edwards, a Bessemer police spokesman, said a truck
driver spotted the body of 24-year-old Garland Maddox Junior of
Bessemer shortly before seven a-m at the top of an embankment
overlooking Interstate 20/59, not far from Academy Drive.
   Police said it appears to be a suicide, but that the medical
examiner's office will make the ruling after an autopsy.
   Edwards said Maddox worked for a tree-cutting service and lived
close to where his body was found.
   
   
RESTAURANT CRASH
   Car crashes into Florence BBQ restaurant
   
   FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- Diners at a popular barbecue restaurant in
Florence were shaken when a car slammed into the restaurant just
before lunchtime yesterday.
   Four people were injured when a woman drove her car into
Bunyan's Barbecue on College Street.
   The most serious injury is a broken leg. Police and restaurant
workers say a lot more people could have been hurt if the accident
had come an hour later during the lunch rush.
   Florence police say the driver recently had surgery on her foot.
She was wearing a medical boot on the foot that presses the gas and
brake.
   Police said the driver was not immediately charged with
anything. Her blood is being tested.
   There was no damage to the restaurant's kitchen. The owner said
it will be open again as soon as it is cleaned up.
   
   
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
   Auburn/Opelika named nation's top spot for industry
   
   OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) -- A national trade publication has ranked the
Auburn/Opelika Metro Area the top economic development area among
metro areas with populations under 200-thousand.
   Among the assets listed by Site Selection magazine were the
proximity to Hyundai in Montgomery and a future Kia plant in West
Point, Georgia.
   Auburn/Opelika, with a population of 123-thousand recruited 19
new facility projects last year. In Auburn, more than one-thousand
jobs were created with 161 (m) million dollars in capital
investment.
   In Opelika, 523 jobs were created with almost 200 (m) million
dollars in capital investment.
   Auburn/Opelika beat Tuscaloosa for the top honor in the Tier 3
category of U-S metros, although Tuscaloosa's 12 corporate projects
accounted for 592 (m) million dollars in capital investment.
   

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