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Legislator used state funds for own benefit

Kim Chandler of The Birmingham News used state and local records to show that "an east Alabama lawmaker steered state money to pave the dirt road that led to a subdivision he and his wife were developing." A $50,000 state grant in 2002 went to the paving project, but was also intended to be used to pave other roads. Property records show that the lawmaker and his wife bought 15 acres and divided the land into lots before the state money arrived.

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