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Governor Riley Names Broussard as Madison County DA

(From release) Governor Bob Riley announced Thursday he is appointing Robert Broussard to serve as Madison County district attorney.
Broussard is currently the county’s deputy district attorney. He will replace Tim Morgan, who notified Governor Riley last week he will retire on June 1. Morgan has served as district attorney in Madison County for 16 years.

Army Completes Destruction Of Old Chemical Warfare Agent At Redstone

By William T. Martin

A small amount of chemical warfare agent found at Redstone Arsenal more than a decade ago has finally been neutralized, post officials said Thursday.
According to Redstone public affairs officer Sofia Bledsoe, a team from the Army Chemical Materials Agency completed the process in one day, May 17, and cleared the area by May 19.
The crew had arrived at Redstone about a week prior to that to begin the setup process at the location where the agent was being stored.
The agent, commonly but incorrectly referred to as mustard gas, was thought to be inside two steel cylinders.
The containers were found at two different locations on the base in 1994 and 1995 and had been stored at a secure area on the post since.
Each was x-rayed and found to contain small glass bottles.

Griffith: Iranian Missile Test Emphasizes Need For KEI

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith released the following statement in response to Iran’s recent announcement of the successful test of a missile with the range to hit Israel:
“This emphasizes to everyone the critical need for missile defense,” Griffith said. “This is further evidence that minds need to be changed and decisions need to be reversed regarding the stop-work order for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor and the decrease in funding for Ground-based Midcourse Defense systems.

This Week's Events At The Von Braun Center

Here is a list of events scheduled for this week at the VBC:

Area To Get New Signal, Another To Get Additional Lane Wednesday

Traffic contractors are planning changes for two areas of the city, starting Wednesday.
Here are the details from the city:

1st Mayor's RIde Winds Through Downtown Huntsville

By William T. Martin

The first Mayor’s Ride was held Sunday afternoon as about 150 bicyclists of all ages turned out to peddle their way through downtown Huntsville.
The 4-mile ride, held under gray skies and the threat of rain, was led by Mayor Tommy Battle and Jamie Miernik of the Spring City Cycling Club.
“It’s just a great bike ride,” said Battle, “It’s something to promote bicycle awareness.”
Battle said the event was also about promoting safe cycling.
Sunday’s event was originally scheduled for May 2nd but was rained out.
Battle expressed satisfaction that so many had turned out for the “rain date.”
“It shows we’ve got a lot of interest in biking in the community.”
Battle said he hopes the ride will become an annual event.

Body of Missing Woman Found

(From release) The body of a woman missing from Chicamauga Trail was found in a field today in Southeast Huntsville. Police say Jane Stevenson Hill, 77, has been missing since May 2.
Anyone with information concerning her death should contact the Huntsville Police Department at 722-7100.
The release did not indicate how Ms. Stevenson died or how police were led to the area where she was found.

Griffith Statement on KEI Stop-Work Order

(From release) Congressman Griffith released the following statement regarding the recent Kinetic Energy Interceptor stop-work order:
“KEI is an integral part of a layered and successful missile defense system,” Griffith said. “The Tennessee Valley has always played a large role in the development of our national defense and cutting this program will only handicap our region and our ability to defend America and its international allies. KEI gives the war fighter the tools it needs to secure our borders.”

HPD To Begin Memorial Day Safety Blitz

(From release) Huntsville Police Chief Henry Reyes announced HPD will be participating in this year’s “Click it or Ticket” traffic safety campaign. This campaign is annually funded by the North Alabama Traffic Safety Office (NATSO). During 2007, 14,464
people died in passenger vehicle crashes while unbelted. Of these highway deaths, 65% occurred at night.
This year’s Memorial Day Blitz Campaign will begin on May 18th and go through May 31st.

Woods Sentenced To Life Without Parole; Shows No Remorse

By William T. Martin

Convicted double-murderer Jamal Roydrick Woods will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing two men during a confrontation at a Huntsville restaurant in 2006.
Circuit Judge Laura Hamilton sentenced Woods, 24, to life with parole for the shooting deaths of Tanqueray Beavers and Thurston Turner plus an additional 119 years for wounding Tory Rogers and Tim Reliford during the same shooting spree.
For lead prosecutor Don Rizzardi, the sentence was not enough.
The “only appropriate sentence (for Woods) is death,” Rizzardi told the court before sentence was pronounced.

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