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ALABAMA COURT RULES TAXPAYER CAN SUE GOVERNOR OVER TRIPS

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled 8-0 Friday that a taxpayer can sue Gov. Guy Hunt for taking state planes to preach and get offerings. The court also said Hunt must provide his tax records to the man.

Hunt, a Primitive Baptist preacher, claimed citizens have no right to sue over alleged misspending by officeholders, but the state court rejected that argument.The decision came in a lawsuit filed last year by Ralph Windom of Millbrook, after an August 1991 series of stories by The Associated Press disclosed Hunt's use of a state jet for preaching trips.

"I felt all along that we were in the right," Windom said.