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JSU Board of
Trustees approve stadium expansion
Rate hike for
at JSU approved by Trustees
The Jacksonville State University
Board of Trustees Friday approved a measure to begin an expansion of
Paul Snow Stadium and to construct a new dormitory said JSU
President Dr. William A. Meehan. The new dormitory that will
overlook JSU’s football stadium will help ease the somewhat lack of
campus housing. Plans are for the stadium expansion and dorm
construction to be completed in time for the 2010 football season.
Both sides have now rested in the
Talladega murder trial of Norrell Swain, 30. The jury
of eight women and four men is expected to hear closing arguments
today and will begin deliberations this afternoon. If convicted,
Swain faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. The
death penalty is not on the table at the request of the victims’
families. Swain is accused of murdering his father, Bobby Joe Swain,
62; his mother, Mattie Swain, 52; and his niece, Kiana Drisdom, 9
months, while all three were sleeping in the master bedroom of the
Swain’s house on Zellwood Circle. According to evidence presented at
trial, all three died of gunshot wounds to the head fired from the
same .40 caliber handgun.
Rate hikes for
Alabama Power Co. may be allowed to
raise electric rates starting Oct. 9, but the increase for
residential customers may be less than the jump of almost 15 percent
the utility is asking the state Public Service Commission to
approve. The requested increase would cost a typical residential
customer about $200 a year. Some industrial customers would pay
millions of dollars more per year. If approved, the change would be
the largest single rate increase by Alabama Power in at least 25
years. The three-member governing board of the PSC, which regulates
most utilities in Alabama, has scheduled a hearing on Alabama
Power's request for Tuesday and likely will decide Oct. 7 whether to
approve, reject or change it. Commissioners earlier this month
indicated they may lower it. Alabama Power wants to raise rates
mainly to pay for the higher costs of coal and natural gas that it
burns to generate electricity. The company's request would raise
total electric bills by an average of 14.8 percent for residential
customers, roughly 16 percent for commercial customers and about 25
percent for industrial customers, utility officials said. Alabama
Power has about 1.4 million customers statewide. Meanwhile customers
of EMC’s across the state can expect a 20% increase in rates in
October. The PSC has no control over the EMC rates, in fact, EMC’s
have no regulatory control over their rates providing no protection
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