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- Fort Payne youth killed
- Water Update
- Thanksgiving Travel
- Gas prices
Fort Payne youth killed
Police in Fort Payne say that A 5-year-old girl
from Fort Payne died Sunday afternoon after an accident with a
pellet gun. According to DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris the
accident occurred on Gann Road at the child's residence, when the
gun was fired by a family member. An autopsy is part of standard
procedure following the death of children less than 16 years of
age. The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Payne
The Army Corps of Engineers rolled out a plan
Friday that allows Georgia to keep more of the water in north
Georgia's Lake Lanier, a focal point in the tug-of-war over water
involving Alabama and Florida.
The Corps immediately reduced the flow of water from Lanier
to Florida by about 5 percent following a decision by the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service that federally protected mussels can live with
less of the water from the lake. Under the new plan, which is in
place through June, the Corps can eventually reduce the flows from
Lanier by as much as 17 percent, depending on lake levels. Friday's
announcement did little to satisfy Florida. Gov. Charlie Crist, who
said he was "disappointed" by the news, said he will "continue to
focus on the needs of the people who depend on a healthy
Alabama, for its part, seems mollified by the Corps'
decision. Gov. Bob Riley said he was "very satisfied and very
pleased" with the move, and he applauded a decision that will
temporarily reduce the flows from the Jordan Dam by 20 percent.
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said he was "optimistic" the governors
could broker an agreement outside the courts.
The day before Thanksgiving has long been
considered one of the most dangerous days of the year for drivers,
and historically has been the most crash-prone day of the holiday
week. But that's not the case anymore in Alabama, researchers say.
Today and Tuesday likely will see the most crashes on the state's
roads this week, as holiday revelers take time off work and treat
every day like New Years Eve, according to a study by a traffic
research lab at the University of Alabama. In a trend UA's CARE
Research & Development Laboratory has been monitoring since 2002,
Thanksgiving week crashes have shifted from being concentrated on
the day before Thanksgiving to being more evenly spread out over the
week as people begin their holiday earlier and earlier. In
anticipation of a dangerous week on the roads, State Troopers this
week will put supervisors and others with arrest powers but who
aren't usually on the highway back in patrol cars, adding 200 extra
patrols statewide for seven days beginning Monday. Combined with
extra patrols from local authorities, the blitz likely will put on
the state's highways the largest number of law enforcement personnel
ever on patrol in the state at a single time, state troopers said.
This time, Alabama troopers will be joined by law enforcement
agencies in Tennessee and Mississippi, who will participate in their
states. Drivers can expect to find sobriety checkpoints, including
checkpoints at the state's borders that are manned by troopers from
two states. Troopers will look for speeding, failure to yield the
right of way, following too closely, driver inattention and DUI, and
will target crash-prone areas, officials said. There were 19 highway
deaths over Thanksgiving in Alabama last year. Clay Ingram, a
spokesman for AAA Alabama, said that even with gas at about $3 a
gallon, 31.2 million motorists will hit the road for Thanksgiving
nationwide, a 1.3 percent increase from last year.
Thanksgiving holiday travel picks up today and
gasoline prices are rising. The national average price for gasoline
-- up about 13 cents over the last two weeks -- stands at just over
$3 a gallon. A pump price survey by oil industry analyst Trilby
Lundberg released today says the average price of regular gasoline
was $3.09 a gallon, mid-grade was $3.21, and premium was $3.32. The
nation's lowest price was in Tucson, Ariz., where a gallon of
regular cost $2.91, on average. The highest was in San Francisco at
$3.48. The Lundberg Survey checks prices at 7,000 stations
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