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      Lawmakers move toward funding repairs at tornado-damaged schools

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      The Alabama Legislature is closer to providing money to repair and rebuild public schools hit by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012.The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee voted unanimously Tuesday for a bill that would allow the state to sell $30 million in bonds. Of that, $15 million would go to Murphy High School in Mobile, which was hit by a tornado in December.Three schools in the Tuscaloosa area would benefit, with $3 million for Alberta City Elementary and $2.5 million each for University Place Elementary and Holt Elementary. They were hit on April 27, 2011.Phil Campbell High School would receive $6.4 million and Plainview High School $604,000 for damage in April 2011.The bill has already passed the House and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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