ANNISTON, Ala. – (AP) - Anniston Sportswear Corp. likely will shut down, putting 200 people in jeopardy of being unemployed. The news came Friday as angry workers gathered outside the plant to ask why they weren't paid on schedule. Company officials said the workers would receive their pay Monday. Taras P. Proczko, executive vice president for Chicago-based Hartmax Corp., the plant's parent company, said Friday that the London-based Emerisque Brands has bought the Anniston plant and plans to shut it down.
August 10,2009 – (AP) - Alabama legislators are heading to Montgomery to begin a special session aimed at resolving a budget crisis in the state's most populous county. Lawmakers convene Monday night to consider bills that would help end a partial government shutdown that began last week in Jefferson County. About 1,000 county workers are on unpaid leave, and residents are waiting in line for hours to do things like renew their car tags. Court rulings earlier this year blocked Jefferson County from spending money from an occupational tax that provides about
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's two Republican U.S. senators voted against approving Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court. Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby were on the losing side of the Senate's 68-31 vote Thursday in Washington. Shelby says he voted against Sotomayor because of concerns about her willingness to properly and dutifully uphold fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. Sessions says that until Sotomayor was nominated for the Supreme
Mobile, Alabama – MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama city is dismissing a charge that could have sent an 81-year-old woman to jail for urinating in a public park when she couldn't make it to a bathroom. Prosecutors in Mobile asked a court Wednesday to throw out a public lewdness charge against Lula Mae Battle. Battle has incontinence problems and couldn't make it to a public restroom in a downtown park on June 3. She ducked behind bushes to relieve herself, and a police cadet had her arrested.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - A Franklin County judge has ordered a death sentence for a Russellville woman accused of setting a house fire that killed her 6-year-old son in order to collect life insurance. Circuit Judge Terry Dempsey sentenced 31-year-old Christie Michelle Scott on Wednesday, deciding not to go along with the jury, which recommended life in prison without parole. Scott was convicted of capital murder in July for starting the fire at her family's Russellville home that killed Mason Scott a year ago.
Montgomery,Alabama – Governor Bob Riley says he will make a decision by the end of the week on whether to call a special session addressing Jefferson County's financial crisis.
Members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation say they have legislation that would re-enact an occupational tax and change that county's management.
Jefferson County has placed 1,000 of its employees on unpaid leave. A judge declared a previous occupational tax constitutional - that measure had generated $75 MILLION dollars annually for Jefferson county.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - Legislators from Alabama's most populous county have reached a compromise on a tax bill and are asking for a special session to end a partial shutdown of county services that threatens a National Guard callup. Members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation, meeting in Birmingham on Tuesday, approved a bill to enact a new occupational tax for the area. Rep. John Rogers said he's asking the governor to call a special session in Montgomery beginning Monday.