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City Of Madison To Upgrade Phones, Service May Be Spotty Thursday

(From release) Due to an equipment upgrade, City Hall phone lines will experience intermittent outages on Thursday, June 4th between the hours of 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
During this time, please call 722-7190 for non-emergency after hours assistance. Emergency 911 calls will not be affected.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center To Get $259,000 Tramway Extension

(From release) U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration will award $259,000 to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for its tramway extension. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding.

Madison City Fire & Rescue Creates Home Safety Guide

(From release) Madison Fire and Rescue’s Fire Prevention Office is now offering a free, easy to use guide to safe living in your home. The informative guide provides tips on how to prevent fires caused by commonly used household items such as space heaters, dryers, kitchen appliances, candles and outdoor grills.

EMA To Test Warning Sirens Today At Lunch

(From release) The Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Agency will test the county’s outdoor siren warning system today at noon, according to EMA Director Rusty Russell.

Griffith Urges Post-9/11 Vets To Sign Up For New Benefits

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith today urged qualifying veterans to apply for benefits offered under the new G.I. Bill, which include measures to take effect August 1, 2009.
Griffith was joined by representatives from the American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, the Purple Heart Organization, Still Serving Veterans and Madison County Veterans Service Offices at the American Legion Post on Drake Avenue in Huntsville.

Griffith: Defense Cuts Unwise In Face Of International Aggression

By William T. Martin

North Korea and Iran are “rogue states” that are “challenging and threatening the free world” and now is not the time to be cutting back America’s defense budget.
Congressman Parker Griffith (D-Huntsville) used this unusually blunt language as he recapped a missile defense roundtable he held with local aerospace industry representatives Monday afternoon.
“We are very, very concerned about the defense budget, the cuts that have been suggested by the (Obama) administration,” said Griffith.

Redstone: Helicopters To Be More Visible Over Post In June

(From release) Redstone Arsenal officials have announced that that during the hours of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., testing that involves the use of helicopters will be conducted over the installation’s southwestern airspace during the month of June.

Army: Redstone Gate 8 Scheduled To Reopen In Mid-June

(From release) Gate 8 (Goss Rd./Drake Ave.) is scheduled to reopen and will resume normal operations by mid-June.
It has been undergoing security enhancements and construction since March 9, 2009 and is temporarily closed to all vehicle traffic but will still allow access to Building 3149 and to pedestrians.

Police: Teen Shot, Killed By 'Friend' Early Friday

By William T. Martin

Huntsville police are investigating the death of a teenage boy who died early Friday after being shot by another teen.
According to HPD spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts, Malik Bradford, 16, was shot at a residence at 2405 Hammonds Drive in north Huntsville.
Roberts said police were called to the home at 7:45 a.m. and found Bradford suffering from a gunshot wound.
He was taken to Huntsville Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Roberts said Bradford was shot by an 18-year-old, whom he declined to identify.
Roberts did say the two were “friends.”
No further details were released and detectives are continuing their investigation.
No arrests had been made as of late Friday afternoon.

Police Need Public's Help To ID Bank Robber

By William T. Martin

Huntsville police are requesting the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a bank early Friday.
According to a release, a white male entered the Wachovia Bank on North Memorial Parkway at 9:47 a.m.
He gave the teller a note demanding cash.
The man then fled on foot. No other information was available.
Anyone who recognizes the man in the photo at right is asked to call police at 722-7100 or 911.

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