Poll workers prepare for a large voter turnout

Poll workers prepare for a large voter turnout (FOX6 WBRC-TV, MyFoxAL.com, video)

Here are the top local stories: A man remains in critical condition after being found by police beaten and burned, county commissioners vote to make a partial payment on the sewer debt and prolong negotiations, Thursday marks the end of absentee voting in Alabama with record breaking numbers, poll workers prepare for a historical turnout on Election Day, presidential candidates continue to battle it out over the economy and police hunt for a bank robbery suspect in Birmingham.

Man beaten and burned remains in critical condition
A man remains hospitalized after he was assaulted on 22nd Avenue North early Thursday morning. Officers from the north precinct of the Birmingham Police Department heard a noise while patrolling the area and found a 43-year old male victim who was bleeding, and suffering from apparent burns to his body. Paramedics were called to the scene, and the victim was transported to University Hospital for treatment.

JeffCo votes to continue negotiations in sewer debt
Jefferson County Commissioners voted on Thursday to make a partial loan payment of ten million dollars on the massive sewer debt and continue to make negotiations. The vote was 3-2 with Commissioners Jim Carns and Bobby Humphreys abstaining. Commission president Bettye Fine Collins called the move from Carns and Humphreys as ‘irresponsible.’ The two commissioners disagree with the rest of the county members and both favor bankruptcy as the option to get past the sewer bond crisis.

Thursday marked the end for absentee voting in Alabama
Thursday was the last day for Alabama voters to cast an absentee ballot in the general election. Jefferson county election officials said at least 95 hundred voters have used the process and they expected several hundred more on Thursday. To vote absentee you had to qualify for one of six reasons. Officials say the large number of absentee voters proves the need for an early voting policy in Alabama.
Poll workers prepare for a large voter turnout
 An expected record turnout will put extra stress on poll workers who will deal with those long lines. Jefferson County officials are training poll workers to be patient and be ready to deal with a huge wave of new voters. Election officials are trying to be proactive in smoothing some of the expected snags now. they've stocked extra ballots, analyzed new voter registration and added staff at the precincts where biggest turnout is expected, and will meet midday Tuesday to shift resources if need be.

You Decide 2008: Five days from the election
Five days from the election and the candidates are battling it out over the economy. Republican Presidential nominee John McCain talked about record oil company profits in Ohio. He accused his democratic rival of backing tax breaks for oil companies. Barack Obama fired back. He warned Florida voters that McCain would continue with bush administration policies. Obama compared it to driving down a dead end street.

Police hunt for bank robbery suspect
Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the First Commercial Bank at 215 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd on Thursday. The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, approximately 5’3, thin build. He was wearing all black clothing and a red ‘sailor type’ hat. The suspect was armed with a nickel plated handgun. His direction was unknown as no vehicle was seen at the scene.

Three arrested in counterfeit case
Authorities in Cherokee County have arrested three people in a counterfeiting case on Thursday. Agents with Cherokee County's Narcotics Unit caught up with three people accused of trying to pass a bogus $20 bill at a McDonald's on Cedar Bluff Road. Agents say the suspects almost caused several accidents trying to flee the scene before their arrest. Investigators recovered several hundred dollars in counterfeit money.


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