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Top 9@Nine for April 4th, 2014

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1. A Huntsville police officer was shot while on the job early Friday morning and the alleged gunman is dead. The officer was responding to a domestic dispute at a home on Stanford Drive when the shots were fired.

2. Governor Robert Bentley continued his "Road to Economic Recovery Tour" with a series of stops in Madison County. The purpose of the tour is to discuss local economic conditions to attract more jobs to Alabama.

3. Hillshire Brands company will close its plant in Florence at the end of this year, resulting in the loss of about 1,100 jobs. The company will give severance and job placement assistance to employees.

4. A non-profit in Athens is collecting items for emergency preparedness kits. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will use donated items to provide 250 senior citizens with disaster kits.

5. A massive fire consumed a three story home in Williamson County, Tennessee. Fire officials blame lightning as the cause.

6. People in Arkansas are cleaning up after a severe storm blew through much of the state. A high school suffered heavy damage from high winds, hail and rain.

7. A Texas hospital has upgraded the condition of three people who were critically injured in the shooting at Fort Hood this week. They're now listed in fair condition.

8. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent as employers added 192,000 jobs. The number of new jobs in January and February was revised upward by a combined 37,000.

9. The jobs report fails to meet many expectations on Wall Street, causing the NASDAQ to finish the day with a big decline. The NASDAQ plunged 110 points to its biggest drop in two months, while the Dow lost 159 points.


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