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WATCH WAFF: Limestone Co. voters head to the polls for special election; Madison Co. murder suspect to make appearance in court Tuesday

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Gov. Bentley to be in Athens Tuesday

Gov. Bentley is expected to be in Athens Tuesday to award grants to both Athens City Schools and Limestone County Schools. The event will be held at the Athens-Limestone County Public Library and the governor will be welcomed by students from both school districts. This is the governor's first visit to north Alabama since the budget battle in Montgomery, which has since been resolved after a second special session.

Limestone Co. voters head to the polls

Voters in Limestone County are heading to the polls Tuesday for a special election on a new state representative. The seat remains vacant since Dan Williams, who previously held the seat for District 5 died in July. Five Republican candidates are vying for their party's nomination: Ronnie G. Coffman, Danny F. Crawford, Mike Criscillis, Jerry W. Hill, and Chris Seibert. Henry White, the sole Democratic candidate, already has his party's nomination.

Preliminary hearing for Madison Co. murder suspect

Christopher Henderson, who is facing seven counts of murder and possibly even the death sentence, is expected to make his appearance in court today for a preliminary hearing. Henderson is accused of killing four people and an unborn child at a home on St. Clair Lane in August. Rhonda Carlson, who's also been charged in this case, has a hearing set for a later date.

State to move forward with closing parks, DMVs

Before the governor makes his appearance in Limestone County Tuesday, Governor Bentley spoke briefly with reporters on his trip to Birmingham on Monday. The governor says he is moving ahead with plans to close some driver's license offices, Alabama National Guard Armories, and - potentially - some state parks. The governor has ordered a list of affected state parks that were previously marked for possible closure. He also said that sever National Guard Armories were slated for closure due to "lack of funding."

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