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Special election scheduled for Alabama legislative seat, Player Privacy Tents at UA

A special election will be held next year to fill the east Alabama legislative seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Lesley Vance.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced the election schedule for the district yesterday that covers portions of Lee and Russell counties.

A primary election will be held Jan. 19 and the general election will be held April 12.

If a primary runoff is required, the general election will be pushed back until May.

Candidates must qualify with political parties by Nov. 17.

Vance died earlier this month after an extended illness.

Plans by internet giant Google to build in Jackson County is prompting a land auction tomorrow.

Six hundred acres will go on the auction block following Google’s announcement that it will put a major data center in the county. The property includes recreational land, timber land, and acreage along Lake Guntersville.

Keith Baldwin is the president of the Centre-based auction company. He says he’s excited over the auction process of the land…

“We’re going to find out the true market value of this real estate will be and it’s what the public willing to be here and what the public is willing to bid on it and to be honest I’m really excited about what it will bring.”

The auction will begin at noon tomorrow at Carlile's Restaurant in Scottsboro Alabama. People can bid there live or over the internet.

A new way to evaluate injured players on a football field is now on the sidelines during University of Alabama football games.

It’s called the “Player Privacy Tent” that was created by a group of mechanical engineering student at UA.  Jared Cassity, Christian Parris, Jared Porteous**, Patrick Powell made the tent as part of their senior project.

Cassity says this tent can be used to potentially diagnose an injury all on the sidelines privately…

“You think about Nick Chubb and a player like that when he was injured how it just became such a big spectacle.  This gives them the privacy and lets them make a better evaluation and talk to the parents before you might see it on TV.  And so we think that’s a great thing.”

Cassity says the Player Privacy Tent is the first of its kind and hopes one day all stadiums across the country has one.

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