Much of Alabama still recovering from snow and ice

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - Schools, government offices and businesses remain closed for the second day in much of the northern half of Alabama as the state continues to recover from what was a near record snowfall in some areas.

Gov. Bob Riley ordered state offices north of Clanton to remain closed for the second straight day Tuesday.

In the Huntsville area, where 8.9 inches of snow was reported late Sunday and early Monday, the sprawling Redstone Arsenal Army base remained closed to all but essential personnel.

Many businesses, offices and schools remained closed in the Birmingham area. The trial of 2 Birmingham police officers charged with beating a suspect was delayed for a second day because the federal courthouse was closed.

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