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State Board Denies Claim In Slain Student Case And Helping Seniors With Ageing

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A state board has denied a $1 million claim brought by the parents of a slain Auburn University student, but her parents said they will continue their fight for better campus security.

A state board has denied a one million dollar claim brought by the parents of a slain Auburn University student, but her parents say they will continue their fight for better campus security. The Alabama Board of Adjustment today denied the claim brought by the parents of Lauren Burk. Her father, Jim Burk, says the family's goal was not money but to encourage Auburn to reinstate a campus police force. The family claims the university's decision to merge its police force with the city's led to inadequate security on campus. Burk was an 18-year-old freshman from Marietta, Georgia. She was kidnapped in 2008 from an Auburn dorm parking lot at gunpoint, forced to undress and was fatally shot when she tried to escape from her captor.

Senior citizens attended a program dealing with ageing today in Mobile. The Successful Aging Conference – The Changing Face of Aging (Think, Adapt, Succeed) is a program that was presented by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Program Unit and their Successful Aging Initiative (SAI). The S-A-I is designed to help senior citizens, 50 years and older, to get information about various topics that deal with the aging process. Urban Regional Extension Agent, Amanda C. Outlaw believes this event helps senior citizens in Alabama.

“The program is designed to meet the needs of the growing population of Alabama senior citizens. Through the SAI we direct our efforts to address issues that meet the needs of seniors, at various stages of life.”

The event took place at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center in Mobile.

Have you ever crossed swords with Martha Stewart? You’ll meet someone who did tonight on Alabama, Inc on your local Alabama Public Television station. APR news director Pat Duggins profiles Fred Spicer. He’s the executive director and C-E-O of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Spicer once corrected Stewart while taping an interview on her television show. He says she was gracious about it. Spicer says running the botanical gardens is similar to one of his first jobs, which was operating his own landscape business.

“I love systems. I love working with people. I love what the gardens does for the community, and what the gardens is in the community. And those things are really important, and I feel the work I’m doing now has broader reach.”

Alabama, Inc airs tonight at 10 on your local Alabama Public Television station.

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