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- Anniston Bus Company wins New Jersey
- AEA makes donation to senator a day before
- St Clair teen wounded
Anniston Bus Company wins New Jersey Contract
NJ Transit board members Tuesday approved a $409
million contract to purchase 1,145 new buses, which will be equipped
with security cameras and engines that reduce exhaust emissions by 50
percent. The board awarded the contract Tuesday to North American Bus
Industries Inc., of Anniston, Ala., to build replacements for 80
percent of NJ Transit's fleet of buses. That accounts for 1,070
transit-style buses and 75 suburban-style buses, which both seat 42
passengers. The $409.9 million purchase will renew the state’s bus
fleet over a period of six years and mark the first time that NJ
TRANSIT vehicles will be delivered with closed-circuit cameras as
standard equipment. The multi-year contract calls for the delivery of
approximately 200 buses per year, replacing transit and suburban buses
that will have exceeded their 12-year lifespan and will be eligible
for replacement under Federal Transit Administration guidelines.
AEA makes donation to senator a day before leadership vote
The Alabama Education Association gave state Sen.
Phil Poole a $10,000 campaign contribution the day before he switched
sides in a Senate power struggle that put pro-AEA senators in charge.
The AEA political action committee's campaign finance report required
to be filed this month showed a $10,000 contribution to Poole,
D-Tuscaloosa, on Jan. 8. The next day in the Senate's organizational
session, Poole voted against his former ally, Sen. Jim Preuitt,
D-Talladega, and for Sen. Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove, for president
pro tem of the Senate. Poole's vote and a decision by Sen. Rodger
Smitherman, D-Birmingham, to switch allegiance from Preuitt to Mitchem
gave Mitchem and former President Pro Tem Lowell Barron an 18-17 win
and control of the 35-member Senate's rules and authority. On Jan. 16,
just outside the Senate chamber, Poole was asked to address rumors
that he switched allegiance in the power battle because of a lawsuit
he has in Tuscaloosa County or because of some inducement or pressure
by AEA executive secretary Paul Hubbert, his powerful AEA or any
go-between. Poole denied any pressure or inducement. Poole several
times has said he voted for Mitchem because it would be better for his
district, which includes the University of Alabama and Shelton State
Community College. Hubbert in a Tuesday interview said the $10,000
contribution was not made to buy Poole's allegiance and support for
pro-AEA budget committee chairmen. Hubbert's timeline interested
Preuitt, who said Poole was adamant he was still behind him on Monday
night before the session. Preuitt said Poole told him one reason he
wanted to side with Preuitt in the pro tem fight was that he was upset
with "trial lawyers and was very upset about a court decision in a
St. Clair teen wounded
St. Clair County Authorities say that A
17-year-old boy is expected to recover after being shot in the neck as
he sat in a vehicle with his father Monday night. The 17-year-old was
with his father when they stopped on the side of the road in the
Greensport area to look at deer crossing the road. A man who lives
near where the father and son stopped had words with them and
allegedly fired the shot that struck the teen. The father drove his
son to the Rainbow City Fire Department, where he was then taken by
ambulance to Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Investigators say that
a person of interest is in custody.
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