BREAKING NEWS: University of Washington regents approve historic tuition increase

June 30, 2011

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University of Washington regents approve historic tuition increase

Tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates at the University of Washington will jump by 20 percent, to $10,574 this fall, the school’s Board of Regents decided Thursday.

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Tooth decay persists for many King County children

June 29, 2011

Public Health Press Release

Tooth decay persists for many King County children – 2010 Smile Survey gives local update on kids’ oral health

KING COUNTY, WA — Troubling rates of preventable dental disease continue in King County children, particularly among those from low-income families, children of color and children whose primary language is not English, according to the most recent King County Smile Survey. This 2010 report updates local knowledge about the oral health needs of children in King County and helps identify where more prevention activities are needed.

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Stokely Carmichael, Gary Busey and more…

June 29, 2011

GadsdenTimes.com Headlines: Students from 14 high schools converge at Gadsden State

June 29, 2011

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Students from 14 high schools converge at Gadsden State

Several students are getting a taste of technology this week at Gadsden State Community College. Read More

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Court gives Georgia lead in Water Wars

ATLANTA A federal appeals panel handed Georgia a victory Tuesday by overturning a lower court ruling that would have significantly restricted the main source of water for roughly 3 million people in metro Atlanta starting next year. Read More

Entrekin among sheriffs at immigration law meeting; gets few answers

MONTGOMERY About a dozen Alabama sheriffs met Tuesday with the head of the Justice Departments civil division, but they still do not know whether the Obama administration will sue Alabama over its new immigration law, a sheriff said. Read More

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Gov. Bentley to survey Gulf State Park fire area

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s office says he will be in the Gulf Shores area Wednesday to survey the fire burning at Gulf State Park and meet with local leaders involved in the battle against the blaze. Read More

Ala. casino owner testifying for 5th day in trial

Country Crossing casino owner Ronnie Gilley is returning to the witness stand for the fifth day in Alabama’s gambling corruption trial. Read More

Ala. casino owner’s credibility attacked in trial

A casino owner who pleaded guilty in Alabama’s gambling corruption investigation had to apologize for some of his words Tuesday after defense attorneys began attacking his credibility, getting him to admit he was deeply in debt and lacked the cash… Read More

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Where are they now: Mississippi State’s Batson wins SEC golf award

Mississippi State golfer Mallory Batson, a former Etowah High standout, was recognized as a member of the 2011 Southeastern Conference Golf Community Service Team. Read More

South Carolina repeats as national champs with 5-2 win over Florida

OMAHA, Neb. South Carolina won its second straight national championship with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night that completed a two-game sweep over Florida in the College World Series finals. Read More

Sharapova returns to Wimbledon semifinals

WIMBLEDON, England Maria Sharapova’s coach called her play Tuesday at Wimbledon a statement. Read More

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Health Ratings for June 29

Here are the inspection scores from June 4 through June 17 for food, lodging and body art establishments in Etowah County. If an establishment received any major (4- or 5-point) deductions, those are noted in parentheses. Lesser (1- to 3-point)… Read More

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JOHN F. FLOYD: U.S. financial maelstrom must be corrected

USA Today on June 7 had as its lead story, U.S. owes $62 trillion. The Indianapolis Star led with The federal governments red ink. $534,000, your households share of un-funded obligations. Read More

OUR VIEW: These hordes were fun

In bygone centuries, barbarian hordes brought death, mayhem and destruction to the cities they invaded and pillaged. Read More

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Bozeman, Mary Nell Rule

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at MeadowBrook Baptist Church in Gadsden for Mary Nell Rule Bozeman, 62, Rainbow City, who …..

Brown, Janey Gamble

Mrs. Janey Gamble Brown, 75, Boaz, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at Riverview Regional Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McRae …..

Dobbs, Roberta

Roberta Dobbs, Fort Payne, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow …..

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King County Council public hearings on transit service cuts

June 28, 2011

Public Hearings on Transit Service Cuts

Due to the dramatic recession-driven drop in sales tax revenues, Metro Transit is facing a $60 million annual deficit between revenues and the cost of providing current levels of transit service. To close this budget shortfall, King County has a choice of cutting 17 percent of transit service—taking the system back to 1996 service levels—or preserving current service levels by enacting a $20 congestion reduction charge on vehicles in King County.

The Metropolitan King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will host three special evening hearings to hear public testimony on the proposed transit service reduction and the Metro Transit budget crisis. These meetings are an opportunity for you to learn about the proposals and weigh in on the future of Metro transit.

The meetings will be held in Kirkland, Seattle and Burien:

Date Location
Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 p.m. Kirkland City Council Chambers
123 Fifth Avenue
Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 p.m. King County Council Chambers
516 Third Avenue, 10th Floor, Seattle
Thursday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. Burien City Council Chambers
400 S.W. 152nd Street

In the past two years, Metro Transit has transformed its operations to hold off these cuts and wrench every available dollar out of the agency for service, including:

  • Achieving new scheduling efficiencies;
  • Eliminating more than 100 staff positions; deferring planned service expansion;
  • Reducing operating reserves; and reducing its capital program.

In addition, riders are sharing the pain: since 2007, Metro has raised fares four times, an increase of 80 percent. Metro’s employees were also part of the solution: negotiating cost-cutting labor agreements that will reduce Metro’s costs by $17 million per year.

Despite these fare increases, budget reductions, and operational efficiencies, it is not enough to cover the anticipated shortfall and we are now nearly out of tools to save our system. The savings and efficiencies created by Metro over the past few years save approximately $147 million per year, but the drop in sales tax revenues means Metro still faces an operating shortfall of $60 million a year each year from 2012 through 2015.

The State Legislature authorized a tool that is available to King County to help maintain Metro service at its current level: a temporary $20 Congestion Reduction Charge on vehicle licenses for a two–year period ending in mid-2014. County Executive Constantine has sent that proposal to the County Council as well as two other pieces of legislation:

  • An ordinance approving a Congestion Reduction Plan, a prerequisite for Council action on a Congestion Reduction Charge.
  • An ordinance cutting 100,000 hours of Metro bus service effective February 2012 and directing Metro to plan for reducing bus service by an additional 500,000 service hours in the 2012-2013 budget.

Metro Transit service is critical to the economy of King County, providing approximately 110 million rides annually, taking hundreds of thousands of cars off the road each day, and helping people get to and from some of the largest employment and activity centers in our state. More information about Metro’s financial crisis and the Congestion Reduction Charge is available at this link.

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GadsdenTimes.com Headlines: Riley in fair condition after motorcycle accident in Alaska

June 28, 2011

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Riley in fair condition after motorcycle accident in Alaska

Former Gov. Bob Riley was in fair condition Monday after a Sunday motorcycle accident in Alaska, but is expected to fully recover, his son and hospital officials said. Read More

Gilley: Fundraisers promised for Senate gambling votes

A casino owner who pleaded guilty to bribery testified Monday about how electronic bingo halls had multimillion dollar grosses on big days and how he offered to organize campaign fundraisers with country music celebrities for two indicted state… Read More

Barbarian Challenge: War injuries don’t stop veteran

Noah Galloway of Alabaster is a Iraq War veteran who in 2005 lost an arm and a leg to an improvised explosive device. Read More

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Defense gets to question Alabama casino owner

Defense attorneys in Alabama’s gambling corruption trial will get their first opportunity to question a casino owner who has pleaded guilty to offering bribes to legislators. Read More

Ala meeting to focus on tornado tech lessons

A summit of government and business leaders is being held in Huntsville to discuss the high-tech lessons of the deadly tornado outbreak in April. Read More

Former Alabama governor hurt in motorcycle crash

Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley was recovering Monday in a hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska, after being injured in a motorcycle accident. Read More

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Dog’s Day: Stoney’s hard work pays off with championship

There are no indications that success has gone to Stoney Herb’s head. Read More

Serena, Venus fall at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England Walking away from Centre Court, Oracene Price mother and sometimes-coach to Serena and Venus Williams shook her head after watching one daughter lose at Wimbledon, then the other. Read More

Stewart shouldn’t try to be NASCAR’s traffic cop

CHARLOTTE, N.C. It’s probably not the best time for Tony Stewart to assume the role of NASCAR’s traffic cop. Read More

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When Harry Met Karon Owens

The two-story house in Aroney, just more than 3 miles north of Farmtown in Sardis, is painted a delicate shade of blue. Fields of hay and clover cover the 30-acre farm that contains a large pond. Karon Owens designed the big pond, the little pond… Read More

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Gadsden State Spring President’s List

The Spring Semester 2011 Presidents List at Gadsden State Community College was released by President Raymond W. Staats. Full-time students who earn all As in college-level courses are named to the Presidents List. They are: Read More

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Gadsden State Spring Dean’s List

The Spring Semester 2011 Deans List at Gadsden State Community College was released by President Raymond W. Staats. Full-time students who earn all As and Bs in college-level courses are named to the Deans List. They are: Read More

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OUR VIEW: Immigration law opponents speak out

Intuition tells us Alabamas tough new illegal immigration law probably would get a hurrah from a majority of this states residents. Read More

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