- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 10, 2009


State limits shelters for storm evacuees

MONTGOMERY | Alabama has a message for its neighbors: Don’t count on us next time you need shelter from a storm. And it’s not because Louisiana evacuees made a mess last time they came.

Gov. Bob Riley said Tuesday that Alabama will take fewer out-of-state evacuees into shelters this year, so that shelter space will remain available for Alabama residents. He said the state will be especially cautious about filling shelters if there’s a chance another hurricane could affect the Alabama coast.

More than 6,500 evacuees, mostly from Louisiana, filled 28 shelters at community colleges across Alabama over Labor Day weekend last year as Hurricane Gustav neared the Louisiana coast. Most came in buses, many from the New Orleans area.

Another storm, Hurricane Ike, hit Texas about a week later. Mr. Riley said if Ike had hit Alabama instead, shelter space might not have been available for state residents.

A man facing nearly 30 years in prison for raping three women who had advertised on Craigslist’s former “erotic services” section apparently committed suicide in his Kansas jail cell, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.


Members of the Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to ratify a two-year contract covering movies and prime-time TV shows made by the major Hollywood studios, the union announced Tuesday.

About 78 percent of those who voted were in favor of the deal, a show of unity after a bitter dispute in which Guild members fought among themselves and left them further behind than where they started. About 110,000 SAG members were sent ballots and more than 35 percent cast votes.

The new contract immediately raises actors’ minimum pay by 3 percent and grants another 3.5 percent raise in the second year of the deal, which, along with better pension benefits and some Internet compensation, gives them $105 million in overall gains, the union said.

But it does not improve upon the Internet terms that other unions already have accepted. Negotiators replaced in January had sought more lucrative Web compensation. #

The deal was reached nearly a year after the last contract expired, meaning SAG actors lost out on proposed raises over the past year that the studios estimated totaled nearly $80 million.


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