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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2007
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Prescription forms reported missing

Decatur police advise area pharmacists to be cautious about accepting prescriptions from a Decatur physician.

Dr. Linda Gordon of Childrenís Health Decatur on Sixth Avenue Southeast reported eight blank prescription pads missing from her office.

The pads disappeared between July 20 and Monday, the report shows.

Lt. Chris Mathews, Decatur police public information officer, said Dr. Gordon did not report the pads as stolen, but police did advise her to alert area pharmacies that pads could be in the hands of someone forging prescriptions.

- Paul Huggins

Experts to assess Decatur drought

North Alabama farmers concerned about the drought will have a chance to voice their concerns to state agriculture leaders on Aug. 8.

The 9 a.m. meeting at the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center in Belle Mina will be part of a tour to assess drought conditions statewide.

The Decatur stop will be one of three that state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, Alabama Farmers Cooperative Chief Executive Officer Tommy Paulk, Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Mike Kilgore and representatives from Monsanto will make that day.

The visits will include updates to farmers on the status of state and federal drought assistance plans.

- M.J. Ellington

Delta II launch set for Saturday

The planned launch Friday of NASAís Mars Phoenix lander was pushed back to Saturday because thunderstorms were expected to interfere with pre-flight fueling operations.

A Delta II rocket, built at Decaturís United Launch Alliance, will launch the spacecraft.

The Saturday liftoff is scheduled for one of two single-second launch opportunities.

The first will come 31 seconds after 5:24 a.m., and the second will be 55 seconds after 6:02 a.m.

The weather forecast for the launch is favorable, according to NASA officials.

- Eric Fleischauer

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