Jurors found Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise not guilty of charges of perjury and giving false information. Prosecutors had accused Moore of lying to a grand jury about comments he made to his 2014 primary opponent. Acting Attorney General W.Van Davis said Moore told his opponent that the house speaker would withhold economic development funds unless he withdrew from the race. Moore later denied relaying the threat when he testified to a grand jury. However, defense lawyers contended that Moore told the truth to the grand jury.
An Enterprise lawmaker accused of perjury says he was truthful when he testified before a grand jury investigating public corruption. Rep. Barry Moore Wednesday took the witness stand in his own defense. Prosecutors say Moore lied when he denied telling his primary opponent, Josh Pipkin, that the speaker of the house would hold up economic development funds if Pipkin jumped in the race. Moore says he never said the funds were in danger. He also wondered whether he was being set up because of frequent calls he got from Pipkin.
Montgomery police are investigating a shooting overnight. Officers say the unnamed individual was shot around 8 p.m. in the 100 block of East Park Avenue. The victim's injury was not life threatening and no arrests were made. Meanwhile, the investigation continues into Monday night's fatal shooting of 21-year-old Brandon Harris. The victim was found dead of a gunshot wound at the Liberty Square Apartments off Troy Highway. Montgomery has recorded 29th homicides this year.
Montgomery Police are investigating the city's latest homicide. Police were called to the 3800 block of Liberty Square Drive Monday night on a report of a subject shot. A 21-year-old man was found with a fatal gunshot wound. He's been identified as Brandon Harris. The circumstances surrounding the shooting have not been released. Investigators say no arrests have been made. Anyone with information on the murder are asked to call police at 625-2831, the Secret Witness Line at 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers which is 215-STOP.
A fatal shooting at the Liberty Square Apartment complex off Troy Highway is being investigated. Officers responded to the shooting last night just after 9:30 p.m. MPD said an adult male was shot to death, the victim's name was withheld. Detectives are trying to determine the motive. No arrests have been made.
The Alabama Academy of Honor welcomed eight new members Monday. All the inductees are living Alabamians who have significant accomplishments in their respective field. Apple Chief Executive and Robertsdale native Tim Cook was the keynote speaker for the group. His remarks centered on Alabama's civil rights history. Some other inductees included Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, University of Alabama President Judy Bonner and biotech leader Jim Hudson Jr.
Alabama consumers will see more competition and perhaps lower prices when the health insurance marketplace opens in mid-November for its second year. United Healthcare has signed up to offer individual polices in all 67 counties. UHC did not participate the first year. Blue Cross Blue Shield will be back in all counties. The marketplace will be open from November 15th to February 15th. In Alabama, close to 100,000 people signed up for private health plans during enrollment for this year.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired the director of the central Alabama VA. The department announced on Oct.6 that it was beginning the process of terminating James Talton as director of the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System. It announced Friday that he had been officially removed after allegations of neglect of duty were substantiated. U.S. Representative Martha Roby of Montgomery says those who presided over misconduct and negligence in the Central Alabama VA must be held accountable. She says she doesn't expect Talton to be the last one fired.
Preparations have begun for the 73rd Annual Magic City Classic Football Game in Birmingham. Saturday's annual match-up between Alabama State and Alabama A&M Universities is expected to attract thousands of alumni and spectators to Legion Field. At a Magic City news conference Wednesday in Birmingham, ASU Head football coach Reggie Barlow said the game is all about bragging rights. The Magic City Classic parade in downtown Birmingham gets underway Saturday morning at 8 a.m., kick-off time is 2:30 p.m.
One of the nation's best known radio personalities is visiting the River Region today, an area he knows well. Tom Joyner, a native of Tuskegee, made a stop at the Creek Casino in Wetumpka last night where he greeted fans. Later today, Joyner and Alabama State University President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd will hold a joint news conference on the ASU campus at 1 p.m. for a special presentation.