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Top 9@Nine for April 8th, 2014

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1. Testimony in the trial of the father of the Discovery Middle School Shooter got under way Tuesday. 52-year-old Iqbal Memon is charged with hindering prosecution for allegedly trying to help his son Hammad flee the country.

2. A full autopsy will be performed Wednesday to find a cause of death and identity of a body found in a Colbert County marina. The body is that of a middle aged, white female.

3. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals has upheld a judge's order requiring Ann's Studio of Dance in Huntsville to provide busing for students. The studio was previously ordered to start a shuttle service rather than let parents form car lines.

4. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Alabama Accountability Act. The act was passed by the legislature last year and provides tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.

5. The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill to allow residents to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit. The chamber voted 25-to-2 in favor of the bill.

6. A Lebanon, Tennessee man charged with murder of his in-laws using a package bomb will go to trial on October 28th. An early date was set because Richard Parker is waiting in jail unable to make bond.

7. The national average price of gas is forecast to fall by just one cent to $3.57 per gallon this summer. Still, that would be the lowest average since 2010.

8. President Barack Obama takes executive action which he says will help women get equal pay. He's requiring federal contractors to submit data on the salaries they pay which shows the race and sex of workers.

9. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain are the safest midsize SUVs. A total of nine models were tested.


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