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Hlontgoraf nj SVdurrtiscr. Dan E. Way Metro editor Phone (334) 261-1517 Fax (334) 261-1521 425 Molton St. Montgomery AL 36104 uararaa Saturday Nov. 15, 2003 Demoorate Ibtodk Irowim agaDim California's Supreme Court.

Before the vote, GOP leaders berated and begged Democrats to end their resistance to an up-or-down vote on Brown and other conservative nominees who would be confirmed by slim vote margins in the Republican-controlled Senate. "Stop now," said Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. "You have a chance to save this country and this judiciary. Stop now." Republicans also were unable to stop delaying tactics against the confirmation of another California judge, Carolyn Kuhl.

Democrats consider Kuhl and Brown conservative ideologues who are not fit to sit on a federal appeals court. President Bush, who met with the nominees this GOP was unable to get up-or-down votes for three controversial nominees By Ana Radelat Montgomery Advertiser WASHINGTON After nearly 40 hours of debate on her qualifications, GOP leaders were unable Friday to stop Democrats from blocking the nomination of Alabama native Janice Rogers Brown to a key federal appeals court. Republicans could muster only 53 of the needed 60 votes to end a Democratic filibuster of Brown, who grew up in Luverne and is the only black woman on j' I ''o week, rebuked Senate Democrats on Friday for their no votes. "This partisan action to block up-or-down votes on Justice Priscilia Owen, Judge Carolyn Kuhl and Justice Janice Rogers Brown is inconsistent with the Senate's constitutional responsibility and is just plain wrong," Bush said. "Once again, a partisan minority of senators has thwarted the will of the majority and stood in the way of voting on superb judicial nominees." Brown, 54, who was raised as a sharecropper's daughter, opposes affirmative action and supports limits on abortion rights Brown Page 4B Martinez Monsivais AP President Bush stands with his judicial nominees, from left, Priscilia Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and Carolyn Kuhl in the Oval Office on Thursday.

DRIVER KILLED IN TRUCK-TRAIN COLLISION hopes state's data Board to link school A $4 million request is going before the Legislature to build the new system By Regan Loyola Connolly Montgomery Advertiser Despite the ensuing budget crisis affecting public education, a unanimous vote by the Alabama Board of Education has set in motion a plan that could supply the Alabama Department of Education with up to $4 million to build a new data management system. The board voted Thurs STATE UNDER jHia 1 1 ii day to make sure the data collection and storage system was included in its 2004-2005 budget proposal to the Legislature. They hope to electronically link every school in Alabama to the Department of Education and to each other. Education leaders say the upgraded system will benefit public schoolchildren because teachers will be able to compare standardized test scores from students across the state a feature that will help them target what works in the classroom and what doesn't. The new system will only be Data Page 4B FIRE WARNING Stateline BRIEFLY ANNISTON Incinerator lines damaged by blaze The Army said Friday it would have to repair some water hoses and sensor lines because of a small fire that burned for about 15 minutes in a processing room at its chemical weapons incinerator.

No one was hurt, and the military said the damaged equipment still was operational. Officials said the fire appeared to have started when an M55 rocket flared up Thursday after being struck by a blade that cuts the weapons into small sections. "This type of low-grade explosive can flare. It's not unexpected," said Mike Abrams, a spokesman for the incinerator. MONTGOMERY Flu outbreak strikes state early An early outbreak of influenza means Alabama's flu season could be worse than usual, health officials said Friday in urging vaccines for the people most at-risk of catching the illness.

Normally, influenza does not cause serious problems in Alabama until December. But health officials said they have spotted pockets of the illness as early as mid-October. "This outbreak is much earlier than usual, and it may mean that the flu season will be more severe than average," said Dr. Donald Williamson, head of the Alabama Department of Public Health. The department said the elderly, the very young and people with chronic illnesses should get vaccinations as soon as possible.

Influenza is caused by a virus. In an average year, 20 percent of the population experiences influenza. In a severe year, 720 Alabami-ans die and more than 2,000 are hospitalized because of the flu. ATMORE Skeletal remains found by hunters Authorities were unable to immediately identify human skeletal remains of a man found by hunters next to a cotton field near At-more. The discovery Wednesday brought Escambia County sheriffs officers and forensic investigators to the scene.

Sheriff Capt. Chuck McMullen said Friday the remains were that of an elderly male, but the identity remained under investigation. There were no obvious signs of trauma, McMullen said. He said an 82-year-old At-more man, Alvin Sinque-field, has been missing since Oct. 26, 2002.

The discovery of the skeletal remains raised hopes for a possible lead in the search for Melinda Wall McGhee, missing from her Atmore home since March 24, but McMullen said the skeletal remains were those of a male. DATEBOOK Today Troy State University will host a lecture by Jill Whitfield of Seoul Restaurant in Montgomery at 3 p.m. in room 124 of the Math and Science Complex at TSU. This is a part of the "Global Access Program," and Whitfield will speak about Korean cuisine. For more information call (334)670-3196.

Alabama Mounted Search and Rescue (AMSAR) will have a yard sale starting at 7 a.m. today. The yard sale will be held at 156 Odell Street in Prattville. For more information please call (334) 365-6739 and ask for Carrie Cooper. Sunday The Alabama Board of Cosmetology will hold a committee meeting at 5 p.m.

Sunday in the third-floor conference room of the RSA Union Building, 100 N. Union Montgomery. Call Bob McKee, at (334) 242-1918. Staff and wire reports Photos i Henry Cook of Excel Auto Recycling looks at pieces from the cab of a truck carrying a load of cotton Friday that collided with a train, background, at a crossing in Goodway. The driver of the truck was -killed in the accident.

ijfMf fm I L. -t tf-CV te'-, Iffl Jerry Martin APTalladega Daily Home Lincoln firefighters set a back fire Thursday to help contain a woods fire on Star Circle in north Talladega County. The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch for parts of north and central Alabama. Dry, windy conditions stoke brush fires r. by Mike Kittrell APMobile Register Channell, who was from Coker, was a big supported of the University of Ala- bama and had hoped to enroll in classes after retiring from the Marine Corps, said Rep.

Spencer Bachus," R-Birmingham, who ar- -ranged for the special ceremony. "The Channell family tells me that it was always Robert's dream to go to school at the University of Alabama," Bachus said. "Tragically, that is now a dream that he will never realize." Ana Radelat writes about Washington news for the Montgomery Advertiser, r. 1 near County Road 21 in the Goodway community. The impact forced several rail cars off the track and pushed the cotton truck several hundred feet down the tracks near Monroe-ville, he said.

Two train engineers also were hurt and possibly burned in the collision. The names of the dead and injured were not released. Rep. Terry Everett, R-En-terprise, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, also worked to obtain the money for Maxwell. Spending bill Congress approved a final transportation spending bill this week that included $610 million in highway money for Alabama.

Among the projects included in the Montgomery area: $1 million to develop a downtown river walk. $2 million to pay for de -tl2f- Cotton smolders in the remains of a truck that collided with a train in Monroe County. MONROEVILLE Two hurt on train Dry fall weather and strong winds spread brush fires around Birmingham and Mobile as authorities urged people to be especially careful when burning trash and putting out cigarettes. The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch for parts of north and central Alabama. Since Saturday, the Alabama Forestry Commission has put out 69 wildfires that burned A burned locomotive sits off the tracks Friday after colliding with a truck at a crossing in the Goodway community south of Monroeville.

The truck was carrying a load of cotton. Investigators said the driver was killed in the crash. He was not immediately identified. Congress funds expansion of state military bases 855 acres. Also on Thursday, firefighters from Mobile, Sara-land, Turnerville and Georgetown fought a fire that began as a controlled burn in the woods near the University of South Alabama Foundation.

But the fire reignited in 20 to 30 mph winds, said James Wade, assistant county supervisor with the Alabama Forestry Commission. The Associated Press Ana Radelat FROM CAPITOL HILL Base's Gunter Annex had no room to grow. The modernization would allow the base to better compete with other Air Force installations that do the same type of work, like Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Day The Associated Press A cotton truck driver was killed and two train engineers injured Friday morning in a collision that caused a derailment at a rural railroad crossing in Monroe County. Chief sheriffs Deputy Randall Jerrigan said the truck collided with a train about 8 a.m. at a crossing ton, Ohio, in the next round of base closings, scheduled for 2005.

The Pentagon had asked for money to continue work on the dormitories at Maxwell, but Alabama's lawmakers slipped the extra money for the computer hub into the bilL Tm pleased the Senate passed this important lation," said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "These funds represent our continuing commitment to our nation's security and to the men and women who serve our country." sign and site acquisition of Montgomery's outer loop. $1.5 million for shuttle buses at Troy State University. $500,000 to help build an access road at Lake Martin Regional Industrial Park.

Soldier honored Just before the game Saturday between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Louisiana State University, Robert Channell one of the Alabamians killed in the Iraq war will be honored at midfield with an special presentation of an American flag that has been flown over the Capitol Building. Congress approved a final military construction bill this week that contains nearly $60 million to modernize and expand Alabama's bases, including Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base. The bill has $13.4 million to finish work on a new dormitory at Maxwell that would house 162 recruits. The bill also contains $12.6 million to build a state-of-the-art center to help maintain the Air Force's computer network and combat support information systems. The old computer hub at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Page designed by Pat Lewandowski Page edited By Chris Day.

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