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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Labor day Traffic
- Piedmont utilities
- Anniston program receives grant
- USDA emergency funds
Labor day traffic
The Labor Day Holiday travel period concludes
at midnight tonight, and as of Monday morning, local state troopers
in Alabama reported no traffic fatalities in east central alabama,
however in nearby Georgia, there have already been more traffic
accidents during the period than had been predicted by the State
Department of Public Safety. The prediction had called for 1,897
accidents and as of this morning there had been at least 1,945. The
number of injured motorists and the number of fatal victims are both
significantly lower than predicted. Seven motorists have died so far
but none were reported in west Georgia. Georgia state patrol Major
Keith Sorrells says, like their counterparts in Alabama, troopers
will be out in force. According to the Georgia State Patrol, The
number of those injured thus far is well short of the predicted
number for impaired drivers, seat belt violations and other unsafe
driving practices as the holiday travel time continues. The Alabama
Department of Public safety does not release traffic figures until
the holiday weekend is completed.
The mild winter and loss of industry in
Piedmont has resulted in the city selling $600,000 less in gas by
the end of the fiscal year than it did the year before. City Council
members said last week that the sales figures do not necessarily
mean a loss of city revenue, because gas the city has purchased can
be sold later. The city projects gas sales for 2008 at $2.69
million, compared with $2.1 million to date this year, with sales
from August and September yet to be determined. Sales in 2006 were
$3.2 million. Meantime, officials said, a $3.7 million revenue
projection from the electric department could climb once August and
September figures are included, which officials say are the highest
two months for electricity sales.
Anniston program receives grant
The White House Office of National Drug Control
Policy and the U.S. Department of Education jointly announced the
latest school-based random student drug-testing program grant
awards. The new grants, totaling over $1.5 million have been
awarded to 14 local education agencies, health facilities, and
non-profit organizations in six states including Alabama. The only
agency in Alabama to receive funding is the Northeast Alabama Center
for Community Initiatives in Anniston which will receive $198,378 in
grant funds thru the program.
More than 1,000 schools in the United States have developed
and implemented a random student drug-testing program. Of that,
nearly half have been assisted through Federal grants. The grants
can be awarded to local educational agencies and public and private
entities to develop, implement, or expand school-based random
student drug testing as part of their comprehensive substance abuse
prevention program. In 2003, the Supreme Court of the United States
affirmed the constitutionality of random drug testing for students
participating in athletics or involved in competitive,
extra-curricular, school-sponsored activities. Since then, the
Federal government, through the U.S. Department of Education, has
provided $36 million in roughly 90 grants to local communities and
USDA emergency funds
28 counties including a number in East Central
Alabama will share in over a million dollars in Emergency
conservation program funds due to the continued drought conditions.
According to USDA Farm service agency state executive Director Danny
Crawford, this is one of several conservation programs that provide
funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate and strengthen
environmental stewardship of their lands. Crawford said the funds
will be used to provide cost share assistance to eligible
agricultural producers during periods of severe drought to supply
emergency water for livestock or for existing irrigation systems
serving orchards and vineyards. The program will be administered by
the USDA’s farm service agency. Farmers in the east central Alabama
counties of Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, and Randolph counties
are eligible for the program and should check with their local farm
service offices for the sign up periods.
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