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VIDEO REPORT: Train Derailment In West Huntsville

By William T. Martin

Cleanup crews continue their work at the scene of a train derailment in Huntsville. Reports indicate it will be Wednesday evening before the line is restored to full service.
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Griffith Continues to Press Administration on Ares Program

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith today continued to fight for the continuation of Constellation and Ares programs as NASA takes the next step in human space exploration. North Alabama’s Congressman urged both the White House as well as the Augustine Commission to proceed as planned with the development of Ares-I as the official architecture for future manned spaceflight.

UPDATE: Cleanup Proceding After Early Morning Train Derailment In West Huntsville

By William T. Martin

Crews have begun removing several cars from the track after a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed early Wednesday morning in west Huntsville.
Norfolk Southern Railroad spokesman Robin Chapman said the derailment happened at 3 a.m. as the train was headed east through Huntsville.
The derailment site was under the Triana Boulevard overpass along I-565.
Chapman said the train was carrying 125 cars and had 4 locomotives.
As of 11:30 a.m. the cars that did not derail had been pulled from the scene and were headed west.
The first few cars and the locomotives had already been taken into downtown and parked near the historic depot.
Several derailed cars had already been righted and removed from the track.
The train originated in Memphis and was headed to Chattanooga, said Chapman.
Nine box cars derailed, according to Chapman, with 3 being empty and 6 being loaded with pulp board.
No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were involved, Chapman said.
At the scene early Wednesday railroad cleanup crews had begun to position heavy equipment to remove the damaged cars and repair the track.
Five box cars were seen as having derailed while the other three derailed cars were actually hoppers that appeared to be empty.
It was not immediately known how long it would take to restore the track to service.
The line, which runs between Memphis and Chattanooga, carries coal traffic, intermodal containers, and general freight.

Huntsville Airport To Apply For Grant To Attract Low-Cost Carrier; Stats Say Facility Has Highest Overall Fares In Nation

(From release) Huntsville International Airport today announced that the Board of Directors passed a resolution to support the application of a Department of Transportation (DOT) Small Community Air Service Development grant up to $2 million, targeted at attracting a low fare carrier. This DOT program awards grants to airports that have unreasonably high airfares or insufficient air service. The grant will be submitted August 28, 2009. Currently, the DOT has not announced the date for awarding the grants.

Javelin Test Fire Video Reposted-Better Audio

The video from Monday’s Javelin missile test-firing has been reposted. The audio has been edited so that the sound and picture match during the missile launch.

Smoke Testing To Begin Tuesday Morning

(From release) ADS Environmental Services will be performing smoke testing activities on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in portions of the sanitary sewer system. These activities will begin between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM and will continue up to 5:00 pm.
Field crews will be working in the following areas;
Reserve Way west of Patton Rd., Penny Street, Troy Swasey Boulevard, Foster Avenue, Eunice Street, Nell Avenue, and Barclay Ave.

Arrest Made In Friday Night Robbery

(From release) On Sunday August 9, Huntsville Police arrested Terance Marzet Scott, 19, of Huntsville and charged him with the Friday night Robbery of the Play and Trade at 324 Sutton Road.
Police allege that Scott entered the business and forced employees to place money and property in a garbage bag.
He fled on foot, back to the Wal-Mart parking lot. Descriptions of Scott and his vehicle were broadcast to patrol units.
A short time later, he was stopped and taken into custody. He was placed in the Metro Jail charged with 1st degree robbery.
Bail has not been set.

Want To Be A Military Officer? Service Academy Applications Now Available

(From release) U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that applications are available for United States Service Academy nominations. The service academies include the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

VIDEO REPORT: Army Tests Javelin Missiles At Redstone

By William T. Martin

Two Javelin missiles were test-fired Monday morning at Redstone Arsenal.
According to Redstone officials, the missiles were fired at a range at the south end of the post as part of a reliability program.
The Javelin is, according to information from the Army, an anti-tank missile designed to be used by a single soldier.
Although designed to defeat armored targets, the missile can be used against helicopters and buildings and is in wide use in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Javelin production ended in 2006 and periodic testing is done to ensure the weapons system remains effective.
The Javelin uses an infrared, or heat sensor, to find its target.
Monday’s target was an old Soviet-era T-72 tank.
It is known as a “fire-and-forget” weapon as, once fired, it needs no further attention from the soldier.
Firing the missiles Monday were Maj. General James Myles, Commanding General of Redstone; and Brig. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco, Redstone Missiles and Space Program Executive Officer.

Huntsville Transit To Receive $1.3 Million For Buses, Facilities

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith announced transportation funding today for the City of Huntsville. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Federal Transit Administration, will provide $1,331,996 for new buses and bus facilities.

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