BC-AL--Alabama News Digest, AL

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm •  Published: February 9, 2014
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ALABAMA HUNTING

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Although they did a better job this year than last, Alabama hunters didn't do enough in voluntarily reporting all the deer they killed this hunting season, a state conservation official says. Prodded by an aggressive public information campaign by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, hunters reported killing more than 18,500 deer during the season, which ends Monday as legal hunting closes in southwest Alabama. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 469 words.

MARINA-SEPTIC TANKS

DADEVILLE, Ala. — Dozens of families living on property owned by Alabama Power in Tallapoosa County have been given six months to find new places to live. Alabama Power is closing Pleasure Point Park and Marina on Lake Martin because of issues pointed out by the Tallapoosa County Health Department over the summer. The agency cited the property for 19 violations, including possible septic tank failures and wastewater discharge. SENT: 388 words.

METHODISTS-GAY MARRIAGE

NEW YORK — The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. Since 2011, Methodist advocates for gay marriage have been recruiting clergy to openly officiate at same-sex ceremonies in protest of church policy. By Rachel Zoll. SENT: 1,333 words, photos.

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