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According to the state Department of Public Safety, beginning Wednesday, Alabama veterans will have the option to display proof of their military service on their driver’s licenses.

Last year, new and expanding industries announced plans to create more than 20,000 jobs with investments topping $5.4 billion in Alabama. However, those numbers did not include a single new job or investment in almost a dozen of the state’s 67 counties.

Two different plans by Republican and Democratic legislators to remove the state sales tax from groceries appear to be going nowhere. The issue is likely dead for another year.

A two-day bus tour to support the Voting Rights Act kicks off tomorrow morning and wraps up Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery. The Freedoom Riders for Voting Rights  tour is visiting landmarks of the civil rights movement because  a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The first court appearance for James Everett Dutschke of Mississippi, is scheduled for today.  Dutschke was arrested early Saturday, charged with making and possession ricin. His court appearance today is part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Obama and others.  Charges were dropped against an inital suspect.

Ddangerous “superbugs” have prompted many U.S. hospitals to try new approaches to stop the spread of germs. However, there’s no real evidence infections have been prevented.

Closing arguments are scheduled today in the trial of 72-year-old Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion provider, charged with killing viable babies born alive.

MSN reports that “Two and a Half Men” has been renewed for another season. Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer have singed back on to return, but Angus T. Jones will not be a regular on the show, though he could recur on the series.

The Lakers season ended with a 103-82 sweep by the Spurs.

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