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Top 9@9 for November 15, 2012

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1. It was 23 years ago when a historic tornado ripped through Huntsville. One of the deadliest tornadoes in the Rocket City's history tracked along Airport Road and the Jones Valley area, killing 21 people and injuring hundreds more.

2. The Huntsville City Council voted to offer Gary Hopkins a big settlement after an HPD officer beat the man. Officer Brett Russell was suspended, but has since been reinstated.

3. Early education advocates are asking Alabama legislators to find funding for an expansion to the state's Pre-k program. The plan is to get 200,000 more kids in the highly rated program.

4. Kelly Jack Mayo was brought back to DeKalb County to stand trial for the attempted robbery and shooting at Fred's in Rainsville. Mayo faces 2 counts of attempted murder among other charges.

5. A mother in Minnesota gets a year behind bars for shaving her daughters head and making her wear a diaper. The child was also forced to run around the neighborhood as punishment for a bad grade.

6. Billy Joel and Rihanna are among the musicians complaining about the possibility of reduced royalties from internet radio company, Pandora. Singers have gotten zero royalty payments from old fashioned radio stations for decades.

7. There's a slightly brighter picture for recent college grads according to a new study. Employers are expected to hire 5% more college graduates.

8. The Justice department is slapping BP with new criminal charges for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago. The company will pay a record settlement of over $4 million for the multiple felony counts including manslaughter.

9. Clyde is free tonight thanks to the Governor's pardon. Bentley spared the turkey this holiday season as part of a Thanksgiving tradition.

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