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Lawmakers approve compromise on oil spill money

Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday approved a compromise plan on how to spend the state's nearly $1 billion in oil spill settlement funds, breaking a deadlock that had divided lawmakers along geographic and policy lines.

The plan, drafted in a conference committee earlier in the day, will use the money for a mixture of paying state debts, shoring up the state's Medicaid program over the next two years and building roads in the two coastal counties.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, in a Wednesday press conference, said he expects to sign the bill and said it will help prevent immediate cuts to the state's Medicaid program.

"I truly believe this is a victory. This is a...

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