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Top 9@9 for February 20, 2013

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1. A Huntsville man is dead after falling into Spring Branch Creek. Witnesses say Darron Putnam tripped over a fire hydrant, fell and hit his head at the bottom of the creek.

2. A severed fiber optic cable is to blame for a widespread telephone and Internet outage in the Valley. We're told a contractor was digging when he hit the cables.

3. The Harlem Globetrotters showed Huntsville students how to prevent bullying during a stop at Weatherly Heights Elementary. The interactive program focused on action, bravery, and compassion.

4. Governor Bentley signed the first bill of the 2013 legislative session. The People's Trust Act will transfer $437 million from the Alabama Trust Fund to the General Fund over the next three years.

5. The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has signed an agreement to explore building the nation's first small modular nuclear reactor. The reactors would generate about 20 percent of the electricity generated by standard light water reactors.

6. More Americans are flocking to pre-paid. About one in three U.S. cell phone owners are opting to pay as they go, bringing prepaid subscriptions past one hundred million.

7. A Texas woman is now facing charges for calling 911 dispatchers to tell them she needed cigarettes.

8. Brothers in Kansas set off an explosion as they celebrated winning $75,000 in the lottery. Vapor from a leaking butane torch that was intended to smoke drugs reached the pilot light in the furnace, setting off the explosion.

9. A self-driving car could hit the streets in the next five years. The Google vehicle has a spinning laser that maps out the roads and identifies hazards like other cars pedestrians, and street lights.

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