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(From release) U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), tonight made the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform:
“The President tonight expressed his continued support for a public option, but still provided few specifics as to how it would be paid for. He also failed to explain how a public option would not lead to a government takeover and rationing of health care. There are sensible and positive reforms that we can pursue to build on the strengths of our current system, but as long as the President continues to pursue a government-run plan I remain in strong opposition.”
“My greatest hope is that tonight’s speech will report that the Waxman bill will be scrapped completely so that moderates in Congress can begin again to write a bill that will bring real health reform without expanding government or adding more debt to an already overburdened treasury. “
-Congressman Parker Griffith
By William T. Martin
The City of Madison opened a new highway with the intent of relieving traffic congestion in the southwest part of town.
The Balch Road Extension was officially opened Wednesday and runs between Balch Road and Mill Road.
Alabama A&M organization C.O.D.E. 3 Awareness, which is an community outreach peer education organization that focuses on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and substances abuse, will be having a interest meeting Thursday September 10th at 6:30 pm in the A&M library in room 120.
(From release) The City of Madison will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new Balch Road Extension on Wednesday, September 9th at 1:00 pm. The ceremony will be held at the new intersection of Balch Road and Browns Ferry Road. This new extension will provide a much needed connection between Balch Road/Browns Ferry Road and Mill Road.
(From release) Effective Tuesday, September 8, left turns will be prohibited, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 4PM and 5:30PM for Westbound motorists from Governors Drive to Whitesburg Drive until traffic congestion at this intersection is reduced following the completion of the Governors Drive Phase II construction project, currently anticipated to be under construction by June 2010.
(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith announced a grant today for the City of Huntsville to provide support for both law enforcement officers and school children. The funding, awarded in the amount of $238,394 by the Department of Justice, will expand the Gang Intervention and Violence Education (GIVE) program for Madison County youth and streamline data processing for the Madison County Sheriff’s office.
“Today, more than ever, our kids need all the support they can get,” Griffith said. “Tennessee Valley parents can rest assured that, in addition to their core curriculum, our children are receiving world-class character education.”
(From release) A recently added Circuit Judgeship in Madison County has its first candidate. Today Alan Mann announced he will run as a Republican for this new position, which was approved by the legislature and will be on the ballot for the first time in 2010. The new judgeship was created to help alleviate the backlog of cases in Madison County.
Mann is a lifelong resident of Madison County and is a highly respected member of the Huntsville legal community with more than fifteen years of experience in all areas of the law.
(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith today called on a renewed effort to combat the H1N1 virus. In the wake of news that Alabama doctors are overwhelmed with patients reporting flu-like symptoms, Griffith urges for the training of first responders and a stronger commitment to the initial diagnosis of swine flu.
By William T. Martin
Police have released the name of a man killed when he was struck by a train while sitting on or near railroad tracks Wednesday in east Huntsville.
HPD Sgt. Mark Roberts identified the victim as Walter Philip Holman, 46. Roberts told HNW Holman was a transient with no known address.
Holman was struck around 12:15 p.m. as the westbound Norfolk Southern train, carrying empty coal hoppers from Chattanooga to Memphis, was entering Huntsville.