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- Jacksonville man indicted for bank robbery
- Goodyear strike ends
- New years eve a dry one
- CDC to investigate pediatric flu outbreak
Jacksonville man indicted for bank robbery
A federal grand jury
indicted an east Alabama man on charges of robbing a northeast Alabama
bank of $287,000 in October. Federal prosecutors in Birmingham say
28-year-old Tyrone Leon Porter of Jacksonville is accused on robbery
and weapons charges in the holdup of a Wachovia Bank in Jacksonville
on October 24th. U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, in a statement yesterday,
said the holdup maybe the largest bank robbery in the history of the
Northern District of Alabama. Porter was arrested the same day and
most of the money was recovered, but investigators are still seeking a
second suspect. Porter faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison
and $250,000 in fines if convicted in the robbery, and he could
receive additional time on weapons charges.
Goodyear strike ends
The Picket lines are gone as Goodyear workers
ended a nearly three month strike Thursday by ratifying a new three
year contract proposal. Gadsden Steelworkers Union President Dennis
Battles said the deal was endorsed in a 9:30 p. m. conference call by
workers. Highlights of The new contract includes A $1 billion trust
fund for retiree medical benefits, about $700 million in cash and the
rest in Goodyear stock.A wage structure ranging from $13 per hour to
$24 per hour. A Goodyear commitment to invest $550 million in
contract-covered U.S. plants over the next three years. Cost of
living allowances will be applied to hourly pay rates, a lump sum
payment and the trust fund for retiree health care. Weekly health
care premiums ranging from $5 for a single employee to $18 for family
coverage. Strikers can return to work with full seniority, including
the time on strike. Secures for strikers pay for missed holidays.
Replacement workers cannot be retained when strikers return to work.
The new agreement also protects The Goodyear plant in Tyler, Texas
from closure through 2007. Goodyear must close a facility not part of
the master contract agreement before it can close Tyler. If Tyler
closes, any tires Tyler had made that continue to be made must be
produced by a USW-covered work force that had been on strike. Tyler
employees will be offered $2,000 for every year of service with a
minimum payment of $15,000 and a maximum payment capped at $40,000.
Medical insurance continued for 24 months.
New years eve a dry one
New Year's Eve partiers across most of Alabama
will have to remember to stock up on booze ahead of time.
December 31st falls on Sunday, a day when alcohol sales are illegal
in many areas. While partygoers in cities like Birmingham can buy
booze on New Year's Eve, the story is very different in most other
places, where Sunday sales are banned and bar and restaurant owners
say they will suffer. Some cities and counties in Kentucky were able
to amend their Sunday sales laws for New Year's Eve. Such a change
wasn't an option in Alabama, however. State law
requires a public vote to approve alcohol sales on Sundays --
regardless of whether that particular Sunday falls on a holiday.
In Anniston, several businesses sought licenses that would let them
sell alcohol as private clubs because New Year's fell on Sunday this
year. But the cities ordinance requires that those clubs be a non
profit or fraternal club. Some bars in Anniston plan to open at the
stroke of midnight Sunday night since alcohol sales become legal on
The last time New Year's Eve fell on a Sunday was in 2000, and the
next time will be 2017.
CDC to investigate pediatric flu outbreak
Five of six children
who were on life support fighting severe cases of influenza at
Children's Hospital have improved enough to leave the intensive-care
unit. But three more children have been admitted in the past week,
according to hospital officials.
The severity of
pediatric flu cases, many developing in the past three weeks, has
raised concerns in the state’s medical community. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has been asked to
Doctors said that
none of the original six children on life support had received a flu
vaccine. Doctors have identified the presence of A and B strains of
the virus. But the CDC would further research the flu strains that
were causing the more severe cases.
Doctors are reminding
Parents that they can still have their children vaccinated this flu
season. Doctors say that Each year, the World Health Organization
determines what strains of the flu should be covered in the vaccine.
Sometimes it is right on the mark, but other times there are
mismatches as the virus mutates and spreads throughout the world.
Health officials say that Even when the vaccine is not a perfect
match, it offers some protection against whatever strain causes an
outbreak. Alabama, Florida and Georgia are the three states
experiencing widespread outbreaks of flu, according to the CDC.
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