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Top 9@Nine for March 28th, 2014

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1. Redstone Arsenal will spend the next three decades cleaning up chemicals left behind from the testing and manufacturing of chemical agents used in World War II. The cleanup will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

2. Huntsville police make an arrest in a fatal 2013 car crash. 56-year-old Michael Weatherwax is charged with manslaughter for the crash that killed Marvin Jackson of Macon, Georgia.

3. A woman was taken to the hospital with burns after a fire destroyed her home on Andrews Street in Athens Friday. Two children, ages 5 and 6, made it out of the home unharmed.

4. More than 30 Alabama towns will be participating next month in the April Walking Tours program. The Alabama Tourism Department coordinates the tours, which include historic districts and courthouse squares.

5. Alabama plans to spend up to $500,000 with a consulting firm to help make changes at the Julia Tutwiler prison for women over accusations of widespread sexual harassment and abuse. The prison is accused of violating the constitutional rights of inmates.

6. Alabama's unemployment rate has risen to 6.4 percent. The State Department of Labor says the February rate is up from 6.1 percent in January, but it's still below the same month last year.

7. Walmart is suing Visa for $5 billion claiming the company charges too much when customers use a credit or debit card. Walmart says those fees force them to raise prices, which ultimately hurts sales.

8. Congressional hearings will start Tuesday to learn more about exactly when General Motors knew about the ignition switch failure and why they "didn't inform the public." Last month, GM recalled 1.6 million Chevy Cobalts and other compact cars.

9. Facebook has hired a team of scientists, some even from NASA, to beam the Internet all over the world with things like solar-powered drones, satellites and lasers. Facebook's new project is called Connectivity Lab.

 

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