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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters say they've confirmed that a tornado touched down in Coosa County, where it uprooted pine and oak trees. The National Weather Service says the tornado touched down near Shady Grove Church in Coosa County shortly before 5 o'clock yesterday morning.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley is continuing a program to distribute blankets to homeless and displaced families during the winter months. The first lady announced the start of the program called "Blankets with a Blessing" yesterday.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Jerry Fielding says any change of parties will be announced on his time table and not by the state Democratic Party chairman. Fielding responded today to an earlier announcement by state Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy. Kennedy said Fielding is planning to switch to the Republican Party.

BOSTON (AP) — The former University of Alabama at Huntsville professor sentenced to life in prison last week in a shooting rampage that killed three of her colleagues wants to go on trial in the 1986 death of her brother in Massachusetts. Court documents filed by Bishop's lawyer say she objects to a decision by a prosecutor to decline to prosecute her in the killing of 18-year-old Seth Bishop.

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