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- Monday morning fire death ruled accidental
- Riverside shooting victim believed to be
missing Georgia man
- Senate headed for Tuesday showdown
- Georgia authorities investigating Polk
Monday morning fire death ruled accidental
The state fire marshals office had determined
that faulty wiring was the cause of a mobile home fire early Monday
morning that killed a Calhoun County woman. Shane Adrian, a death
investigator with the Calhoun County Coroners office identified the
victim as 46 year old Debra Crowe. Adrian said that Crowe’s body has
been sent to the state Forensic Lab in Huntsville but the preliminary
cause of death appears to be from smoke inhalation. Fire units
responded to the house fire at 1048 Gilberts Ferry Road near 2:30
Riverside shooting victim believed to be
missing Georgia man
St. Clair County authorities believe a body
found last Wednesday in Riverside is that of a missing Georgia man.
Investigators are awaiting dental records to positively identify the
man. The victim had been shot once in the head and had been dead
several days before his body was found by two fishermen.
Piedmont ends year under budget
The Piedmont City council got some good news
Monday night. The city ended the year some 1.3 million dollars under
budget. City manager Bill Fann said that while there were budget
overruns in several areas including supplies, mainly due to rising
fuel costs, city departments were able to hold the line on spending.
Democrats control senate
Republican Gov. Bob Riley's effort to organize the new state Senate,
giving the GOP clout it hasn't had in the chamber in a century,
collapsed Tuesday when senators elected Democratic Sen. Hinton Mitchem
to the top leadership role of president pro tem.
Mitchem, D-Union Grove, won after a Riley ally, Sen. Jim Preuitt,
D-Talladega, withdrew his name when it became clear he didn't have the
votes to win.
Mitchem defeated a last-minute candidate, Sen. E.B. McClain,
Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyfee, who has been the president pro tem for
the last eight years, did not seek another term.
In a statement after the vote, Riley spokesman Jeff Emerson said both
sides in the Senate had promised to allow floor debate on the
governor's proposals rather than killing bills in committee.
"The governor has not asked the Senate to be a rubber stamp for his
agenda; just to debate it and vote on it. So Gov. Riley is looking
forward to seeing his proposals come up for votes," said the
Preuitt, working with Riley, had tried to put together a coalition of
the Senate's 12 Republicans with several Democrats who had fallen out
As of last week, Preuitt was confident he would get the support of 19
of the Senate's 35 members. But Mitchem kept trying to unite Democrats
and ended up prying away some of Preuitt's support to make sure
Democrats retained the control they have had in the Senate since
Reconstruction ended in 1870s.
When the outcome became clear in the opening minutes of the new
Senate's organizational session, Preuitt withdrew his name from
consideration and nominated McClain, who had been one of his
Preuitt's supporters who switched to Mitchem's side were Sen. Rodger
Smitherman, D-Birmingham, and Sen. Phil Poole, D-Moundville.
Mitchem, a retired tractor dealer and family entertainment center
owner, has remained popular in an area of north Alabama where
Republicans have made great strides. Mitchem said that demonstrates
his ability to cross party lines.
"I want to do what I can to make sure every member of this Senate has
a voice," he said.
Mitchem previously served as chairman of the Senate's Finance and
Taxation-General Fund Committee.
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