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HAMPTON, GA - SEPTEMBER 04:  Lynyrd Skynyrd performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 4, 2011 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

A Waste? Alabama To Pay $75K To Use ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ On Signs

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

In Birmingham, they love the governor.

And in Montgomery, they love the song enough to dish out some big bucks to use it to promote the state.

In a move raising some eyebrows, Alabama has agreed to a five-year deal to pay $75,000 to Universal Music to use Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” song title on state line and welcome center signs, according to the Associated Press.

Alabama will pay an additional $61,000 to make the signs.

Not everyone in the cash-strapped state is thrilled by the expenditure.

And one Alabama radio host raises a fair question about Universal Music, which owns the trademark.

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