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Execution date for controversial killer, New Year's "financial" resolutions

Two Alabama death row inmates have dates for their executions. The Alabama Supreme Court says Tommy Arthur will be put to death on February nineteenth with Bill Kuenzel one month later. The two inmates are the first to be executed with the state's new lethal injection drug combination. The state carried out its last death sentence last executed an inmate in 2013. A shortage of drugs left Alabama unable to carry out death sentences. The Department of Corrections adopted a new three-drug combination in September. Kuenzel’s case is controversial over allegations that prosecutors hid key evidence from jurors.

New Year’s day is when a lot of people make resolutions for the coming year. The on-line financial advisory firm Wallethub says one resolution should include your money. The group suggests a number of things like making a budget. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling says only about forty percent of Americans do that. WalletHub spokeswoman Jill Gonzales says probably the toughest suggestion is for the average American household to save more money…

“It’s kind of like going on a diet. It’s not ‘oh, I’ll just cut out chocolate for my diet, or I won’t do this.’ It’s really committing to living a healthier life style, right? So, that’s what you want to do with your spending. You want to save more than you spend.”

American consumers are reportedly on their way to sixty billion dollars in credit card debt in 2014. Another Wallethub suggestion is using automated payment systems for routine bills, so you don’t fall behind.

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes have one more day to prepare for tomorrow night’s Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans. The winner of that contest will face either Oregon or FSU for the first ever College Football Championship. The Ducks and the Seminoles will play earlier in the day tomorrow during the Rose Bowl.Observers say Alabama will be facing a familiar kind of opponent in Ohio State. Defense back Nick Perry says the Buckeyes may play in the Big-Ten, but they look like an SEC team…

“Just watching film, the first thing that jumped out at me was their speed. They have fast skill players, fast receivers, a great group of receivers, and they like to get the ball in space and make big plays out there. So, there’s not a big difference between SEC teams and Ohio State.”

Alabama lost their last trip to the Sugar Bowl last year. The Tide fell to Oklahoma forty five to thirty one. We had production assistance from WVUA-TV on this story.

It looks like a local preservation group will get the chance to preserve a piece of Alabama history. The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Historic Prattville Redevelopment Authority just bought the Prattville Cotton Gin. The group was the sole bidder in a mortgage foreclosure sale on Monday. That winning bid was one point seven million dollars for the sprawling downtown industrial complex. Daniel Pratt founded the city that bears his name in 1839. He built the cotton gin factory on five acres in 1848. A developer had expressed early interest in buying the property.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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