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

SOLDIER'S FUNERAL
   Alabama soldier to be buried in Trussville
   (With Help From WVTM-TV)
  
   TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Funeral services for an Alabama soldier
killed in Iraq will be held tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon in
Trussville. Sergeant Jean Paul Medlin was among six U-S soldiers
killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad on May 19th.
   Medlin, who was 27, was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at
Fort Hood, Texas, and deployed to Iraq last October.
   Family members said Medlin was a former U-S Marine who rejoined
the military again after the U-S invaded Iraq.
   Visitation will be held at Ridout's Trussville Chapel today from
1 p-m until 6 p-m.
   A funeral service will be held at 1 p-m tomorrow. Burial with
full military honors will follow at Forest Crest Cemetery in
Irondale.
  
  
STOLEN SPRING
   Spring AWOL in north Alabama
  
   DECATUR, Ala. (AP) -- It's like someone stole spring in north
Alabama.
   Freezing weather that killed crops in mid-April gave way to
weeks of unseasonably hot and record-setting dry weather that shows
no sign of letting up.
   South Alabama is caught in a drought, but government reports say
the one gripping the northern two-thirds of the state is worse, as
bad as any in the nation, with rainfall deficits of a foot and even
more.
   The National Weather Service said 2007 already is the driest
spring on record in much of north and central Alabama.
   Agriculture officials say many crops already are on the verge of
ruin because of the lack of precipitation.
   Statewide, about 600 wildfires burned 88-hundred acres last
month, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission.
   Forecasters say rain chances should improve Sunday and Monday as
a high pressure system weakens, but many areas will likely remain
dry.
  
  
ARUBA-MISSING TEEN
   Judge grants motion to dismiss suit in Holloway death
  
   LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An L-A Superior Court judge has granted a
motion by two Aruban brothers to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit
brought against them by the parents of Mountain Brook teen Natalee
Holloway.
   Deepak and Satish Kalpoe maintain that the L-A court lacks
jurisdiction.
   Holloway disappeared last year while on a trip to Aruba with
classmates.
   Her parents filed a wrongful death suit last year against two
brothers who were once suspects in the case.
   The civil suit claims that the Kalpoe brothers "intentionally,
negligently, wantonly" caused fatal injuries to their daughter.
   The couple is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.
  
  
CEMETERIES-RACIAL
   Racial discrimination suit over burial plots settled at Mobile
  
   MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A settlement in a discrimination lawsuit
requires a Mobile cemetery firm to adopt new policies and
procedures aimed at ending a "public perception" that it sells
racially segregated burial plots.
   The federal court suit was filed March 16th, 2006, by three
citizens and the Mobile Fair Housing Center. The plaintiffs are
black and have family members buried in Lawn Haven Memorial
Gardens.
   Attorneys said both sides in the dispute reached an agreement
Wednesday that will address concerns about separate burial
practices for blacks and whites at Lawn Haven and Serenity Memorial
Gardens.
   S-L-G Group owns and operates Serenity Funeral Home, Serenity
Memorial Gardens, Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens and Gulf Coast Vault
Company, all in Mobile County.
   The settlement agreement says "public perception" is that Lawn
Haven was for blacks and Serenity for whites.
   The suit alleged that cemetery services offered at Lawn Haven
are inferior to those offered at Serenity.
  
  
MURDER SUSPECTS
   Three charged with capital murder in Dallas County slaying
  
   SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Three men are each charged with capital
murder in a Selma shooting case.
   Police Chief Jimmy Martin, in a statement, said detectives
arrested Roderick Blue and Javarez Wiggins, both 20, and
21-year-old Octavius Brown were each charged with capital murder in
the May 17th shooting death of 44-year-old James Whitt. Martin said
the victim was shot and killed outside his mobile home in the
Potter Station community. Police believe robbery was the motive.
   Martin said the investigation continues and could result in at
least one more arrest.
   The three suspects, all from Selmont, are being held under no
bond in the Dallas County Jail.
   Whitt's murder was Dallas County's third homicide this year.
  
  
HEALTHSOUTH-SALE
   HealthSouth agrees to sell H.Q. complex to Dallas firm
   (APCREDIT: Jeff Shackelford, ABC 33/40)
  
   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- HealthSouth today signed an agreement to
sell its corporate campus in Birmingham to a Texas-based company.
The 85-acre campus includes a 200-thousand square foot headquarters
building and a 19-acre tract of land that includes an incomplete
13-story building formally called the "Digital Hospital."
   Dallas-based Trammell Crow Company will purchase the property
for a reported 60 (m) million dollars. The transaction could be
completed by the end of July.
  
  
JUDGE-METH ARREST
   Former Ala. judge's trial rescheduled for August in Miss.
  
   COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) -- The drug possession trial of a former
west Alabama judge has been rescheduled for August in Lowndes
County, Mississippi.
   Today (Friday), Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens set a new trial date
of August 20th for former Alabama District Judge Ira D- Colvin.
   The 59-year-old Colvin is in a drug rehabilitation program.
   Colvin, of Carollton, was arrested in 2006 and charged with
possession of methamphetamine and possession of ingredients to make
methamphetamine with intent to manufacture.
   Colvin was accused of buying precursors on August 14th, 2006, at
the Rite-Aid store in Columbus.
   Colvin was appointed district judge in December 2002. He was
removed from the bench after his arrest.
  
  
SABAN-CONTRACT
   Report: Alabama, Saban nearing completion of contract
  
   TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban is
reportedly close to signing his eight-year contract, the richest in
college football.
   U-A President Robert Witt, interviewed by the Tuscaloosa News,
said the final details are being worked out. Witt and Saban are in
Destin, Florida, for this week's Southeastern Conference spring
meetings.
   The Crimson Tide made Saban college football's highest paid
coach in luring him away from the Miami Dolphins for an eight-year
deal worth more than 30 (m) million dollars in January.
   Saban, in a statement, said he hopes to have the contract
completed soon.

  

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