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April 4 - A tornado moved in Monday afternoon onto a manufacturing plant for automotive parts in southwestern Kentucky. According to officials, the tornado tossed pieces of the roof, collapsed part of the aluminum structure and injured seven of the 184 total employees. In addition, tornado watches were in effect Monday night in portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, northwestern Florida, most of Alabama and northern Georgia, including Atlanta. Severe thunderstorms were moving through and flood warnings were issued in some areas.
April 11 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that one of the most controversial provisions of the Arizona immigration law passed last year will remain blocked. The provision allows police to question people whom they have a reasonable suspicion are illegal immigrants. This was a victory for the Obama administration, which hopes to overturn the entire legislation. In a split decision, a three-judge panel found that U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton did not abuse her discretion in blocking parts of the law. The court ruled only on Bolton's order, not on whether the Arizona measure is legal. Judges gave strong indications that they accept the administration's argument that the legislation is unconstitutional and that they would rule that way in the end.
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