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Top 9@9 for March 19, 2013

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1. Dozens of families were displaced in the Kilpatrick community, where a tornado touched down on Monday. 70 people are now without a home in the area.

2. In Ft. Payne, many businesses are picking up the pieces after storms caused widespread damage. Seven people in the city were taken to hospitals and treated for minor injuries.

3. Decatur Police say Sweet Pear Peterson damaged 28 new trucks Sunday afternoon at the Chevrolet dealership on Sixth Avenue. Peterson was arrested after a short foot chase.

4. Three people in Florence were arrested after a nationwide federal raid that landed 32 people behind bars. Investigators say they are all part of a Chinese organization responsible for trafficking marijuana and cigarettes.

5. The Department of Defense will start sending furlough notices to employees this Friday. Workers will be forced to stay at home on unpaid leave one day each week for 22 weeks.

6. The fire that raged at Tennessee's Pigeon Forge Community is almost contained. The fire burned about 300 acres and scorched numerous cabins.

7. An explosion at a military facility in Western Nevada killed seven Marines. The Marines were performing a live-fire training exercise when a mortar exploded.

8. New data shows improvement in the housing market, with new home building permits hitting a four and a half year high. However, confidence among home builders is down, because of concerns of limited land, building materials and labor.

9. One Tennessee county is beating the odds two at a time. Smith County High School has 12 sets of twins out of just over 600 students.

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