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Top 9@9 for December 17, 2012

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1. The small town of Newtown, CT set up a makeshift memorial for those lost on Friday. Local officials are deciding if the school building will ever re-open.

2. Nearby Chalk Hill Wlementary will welcome students from Newtown as the community reacts to the massacre. It's not been decided when classes will resume for students at Sandy Hook.

3. The US Senate held a moment of silence for the 20 school children and seven adults killed during that shooting.

4. Valley school districts are stepping up security in the wake of Friday's shooting in Connecticut. Today was the first day back to school since the tragedy.

5. A UNA football player was kicked off the team after posting a racist tweet about President Obama's Sunday night televised address about the school shooting.

6. After a weekend of tragic news, but some volunteers in California are handing out hugs and high fives. It's part of the Hunting Happiness project's Love'n Aid booth.

7. Nine somber Republicans serving as Alabama's members of the Electoral College cast their ballots for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan during a ceremony today at the State Capitol.

8. The planned re-opening of VictoryLand Casino might happen without liquor. State Attorney Luther Strange is asking Alabama's liquor control board to deny a liquor license for the casino.

9. NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory crashed into a mountain on the moon. The probes were sent purposely into the moon because they do not have enough altitude or fuel to continue science operations.

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