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GOP rushes agenda items before recalls

Associated Press / May 8, 2011

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WISCONSIN
MADISON — Republican Governor Scott Walker and GOP leaders have launched a push to ram several years’ worth of conservative agenda items through the Legislature before recall elections threaten to end the party’s control of state government. Republicans, in votes over the next eight weeks, plan to legalize concealed weapons, deregulate the telephone industry, and require voters to show photo identification at the polls, among other things.

TEXAS
Plane crashes after takeoff, killing two
CONROE — A man and a woman died yesterday when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport north of Houston. The two are thought to be a father and adult daughter, but neither has been positively identified. The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and declared an emergency just before the crash of the experimental aircraft.

NEW YORK
Prisoner stunned in his cell by Taser dies
WEST BABYLON — A New York man in custody after a dispute with his neighbor was stunned twice with a Taser gun in a prison cell and died, police said. Suffolk County police said officers used the electrical weapon in an attempt to subdue 40-year-old Daniel McDonnell after he began “acting irrationally’’ Friday morning while being held in a police station cell.

ALABAMA
Volunteers line up for tornado victims
TUSCALOOSA — Thousands of volunteers arrived at the hard-hit home of the University of Alabama with chainsaws, wrecking bars, and food yesterday, offering help to tornado victims. A long line of vehicles piled into a volunteer registration center where officials waived plans to make workers register because they couldn’t keep up with the large number of people showing up to work.

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