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ASU denies financial aid to former queen, attendant

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama State University's dethroned queen and her first attendant have had their scholarships for the 2006-2007 school year taken away, their attorney says.

W. Troy Massey, who represents former Miss Alabama State University Lydia Mitchell and first attendant Michelle Sanders, told the Montgomery Advertiser in a story Thursday that the women called his office last week and said the school broke a verbal agreement to fund their education.

The women had their titles taken away in October after they were told they were academically ineligible to hold the titles despite filling the positions since April.

The two sued ASU for compensatory damages. The case is still pending.

ASU spokeswoman Janel Bell-Haynes said Mitchell and Sanders were no longer entitled to scholarship money because they didn't fill the positions as campus queens.

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