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Bud Cramer votes for tax relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, voted Friday to cut some taxes on small businesses, his office announced in a press release.

Cramer, a co-sponsor of the legislation, said that the House-approved measure provides
relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax, extends small-business expensing deductions and reforms unincorporated fam-ily-owned small businesses’ taxes.

“North Alabama’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” said Cramer. “The tax relief included in this bill will enable business owners to focus more on their company and less on these burdensome taxes.”

- Franklin Harris

Agents arrest 10 in alleged drug ring

BIRMINGHAM — In a coordinated effort, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies Friday arrested members of an alleged drug-trafficking ring in Talladega, said U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin.

Agents executed four search warrants and arrested 10 people, nine of whom were named in a 31-count federal indictment charging them with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, Martin said.

Authorities continued to seek two individuals, one in connection with the federal drug conspiracy and another on a state arrest warrant.

- Seth Burkett

Delta II launch postponed again

The launch of five satellites designed to determine what triggers magnetic ‘substorms’ on Earth was cancelled on Friday because of strong winds.

The satellites — which comprise a mission called Themis (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms) — were originally scheduled to launch aboard a Decatur-assembled Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Thursday. But lightning in the region postponed the launch until Friday.

Then, just minutes before the rocket was to take off, launch managers called off that attempt because of unacceptably strong winds in the upper atmosphere.

Lift-off will be attempted again Saturday during an 18-minute launch window that begins at 5:01 p.m. Central time. As of Friday evening, the forecast shows a 10 percent chance of bad weather for launch Saturday.

- Eric Fleischauer

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