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State to remove inmates from prison

BIRMINGHAM | Alabama will remove its 250 inmates from a privately run prison where two convicts escaped last month and were only recaptured after a shootout with police in North Dakota.

But state prison Commissioner Richard Allen said Monday that money, not security, is the reason the state will end its contract with LCS Corrections Services Inc. at the end of the current fiscal year.

Commissioner Allen told the Associated Press that his agency can’t afford to continue housing inmates at the Perry County Detention Center.

Lafayette, La.-based LCS Corrections said the company knows about the state’s plan.

Two men who escaped from the 700-bed prison near Uniontown on May 25 were recaptured Saturday along with two women accused of helping them.


200 mourners attend slain soldier’s funeral

CONWAY | A clergyman eulogized a 23-year-old Army private killed outside an Arkansas recruiting center as a “seeker” who needed to find himself.

About 200 mourners packed the Harlan Park Baptist Church in Conway on Monday for the funeral of William Long. Monday was the day he was supposed to deploy to South Korea.

Pvt. Long was killed June 1 outside the Army-Navy Career Center in west Little Rock, where he had volunteered to tell others about his military experience.

A Muslim convert purportedly out to avenge mistreatment of Muslims pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the case.

Pastor John Harrington described Pvt. Long as sharp and gifted.


Nursing aide fatally shot at hospital

TITUSVILLE | A 30-year-old nursing assistant was fatally shot outside a central Florida hospital.

Yolanda Garvin-Williams was shot several times early Monday in the parking lot of the Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla. She was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

Titusville police say someone fired the shots just outside the hospital doors. Detectives say they don’t think the shooting was random.

The 210-bed hospital was immediately placed on lockdown, but the restriction was later lifted.


Indicted alderman pleads not guilty

CHICAGO | The chairman of the Chicago City Council’s police and fire committee pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he accepted home repairs worth $40,000 plus campaign money and sports tickets in exchange for fixing a zoning case.

Alderman Isaac Carothers, 54, appeared briefly before U.S. Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow and was allowed to remain free on $4,500 bail.

Speaking to reporters outside court, his attorney, Lawrence S. Beaumont, would not say whether Mr. Carothers was cooperating with federal prosecutors.

Mr. Beaumont said Mr. Carothers would continue representing his 29th Ward while under indictment. “He has been representing it very effectively,” Mr. Beaumont said.

Court papers filed earlier say an unidentified person wore a hidden microphone to make secret recordings at the request of prosecutors. The person was not identified but the description in the court papers fit Mr. Carothers closely.


Small plane lands on suburban highway

MARIETTA | A small plane with two people on board made an emergency landing Monday on a highway in the northern Atlanta suburbs.

Authorities said the Italian-made Sky Arrow plane was headed for the Cobb County Airport at 11:20 a.m. when the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and engine failure.

Sgt. Dana Pierce with the Cobb County police said the pilot landed on U.S. Highway 41 and then taxied the plane into a nearby subdivision.

No injuries were reported, and the people were not identified.


Democrats’ switch flips Senate control

ALBANY | Republicans and two dissident Democrats took control of New York’s Senate on Monday after the two New York City renegades voted with the Republicans to throw the fledgling Democratic majority out of power.

The coup throws into doubt the movement to legalize same-sex marriage, one of the major policy issues still pending for the last two weeks of the regular session. Although passed in the Democrat-led Assembly, it is stalled in the Senate.

The decision by Sens. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens to join the coalition gave Republicans a 32-30 voting edge on hastily introduced measures that changed the leadership structure. Neither Mr. Espada nor Mr. Monserrate changed party affiliation.

Democrats tried to leave the chamber, even turning off the lights briefly, and are expected to challenge Monday’s action in court.

The Republicans named Mr. Espada temporary president of the Senate and Republican Dean Skelos of Nassau County vice president and majority leader. Those are the most powerful positions in the chamber.


Judge won’t toss evidence in case

JACKSON | A Tennessee judge has refused to throw out government evidence against two men charged with plotting to kill President Obama and dozens of other black people.

Daniel Cowart of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark., failed to convince the judge they were wrongly arrested and searched without warrants.

The two were arrested last year and charged with planning a cross-country killing spree targeting blacks that was to end with an attack on Mr. Obama, who was then running for president.

Judge J. Daniel Breen held a two-day hearing last month on defense requests to have evidence dismissed. Judge Breen filed a ruling Friday rejecting defense arguments.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


Earth tremor felt in north Texas

CLEBURNE | Residents of a town in north-central Texas have reported hearing a clap of thunder that turned out to be an earthquake rather than stormy weather.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor at 8:02 a.m. Monday registered magnitude 2.3 and was centered beneath the western section of the town of Cleburne.

City spokesman Charlie Hodges said that after the sound of a thunder clap, residents reported hearing a low rumble for about 2 seconds.

Mr. Hodges said no damage nor injuries were reported in the community south of Fort Worth.

The tremor comes a day after a 2.6-magnitude tremor was reported in Parker, about 10 miles away.

And it was Cleburne’s second tremor in a week. A 2.8-magnitude quake shook the town last Tuesday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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