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Plane has crash landing at airport

A plane owned by Redstone Flying Club accidentally crash-landed Sunday while performing flying maneuvers at Huntsville International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Laura Gipson said Monday that the Piper P28R had two people aboard when it skidded off the runway, shortly after 7 p.m.

"They were doing some touch-and-goes," Gipson said, "came down without landing gear and made contact on the west runway."

Airport police and medical personnel found the occupants unhurt and temporarily closed the runway. The plane was towed.

Gipson said airport personnel moved air traffic to another runway, and there were no delays.

Gipson said she didn't know the extent of the damage to the plane.

- Chris Paschenko

Woman robbed at Wal-Mart

ATHENS — A woman pretending to need directions snatched a purse and fled with the victim's cash and identification.

Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said the robbery occurred 4:50 p.m. Sunday at Wal-Mart.

A woman was loading her groceries, he said, when a white blonde with a ponytail asked for directions. The female robber grabbed the victim's purse and jumped into an older-model, beat-up pickup, Bruce said. The robber wore a peach T-shirt and jeans.

The truck's driver was a white male with black hair. The truck went west on U.S. 72.

The victim had checks, ID cards and $60 cash inside her purse.

- Holly Hollman

Flint sewer to cost more

Installation of a sewer line in Flint will cost Decatur taxpayers an additional $15,000 to $20,000 because a natural gas line needs to be moved.

The City Council approved the expenditure Monday.

Mark Petersohn, director of the city's Engineering and Public Works departments, said the city would reimburse Enbridge Pipelines of Houston for the cost of moving a three-inch gas pipe away from an eight-inch sewer main.

The project shouldn't delay extending sewerage to Hamaker Street Southwest, Petersohn said. The $15,000 project includes a $5,000 contingency if the contractor has difficulty relocating the line through rock.

- Chris Paschenko

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