Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Officials say city inspectors have ticketed 85 people in the first eight days of enforcing a new Montgomery ordinance against parking cars in the front yard. The $50 fines can be appealed but photos of the violations are kept on file and will be shown to municipal court judges who hear contested cases. Montgomery officials said the goal is not to raise revenue but to discourage people from parking in front yards. City Councilman Charles Smith sponsored the ordinance and said
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama has been ranked second in a national study on gun deaths per capita. The five states topping the list were Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi and Nevada, according to the Violence Policy Center. The study looked at states with high gun ownership coupled with what it called weak gun laws. In states that fit that definition, gun death rates far exceed the national rate of 10.32 per 100,000 residents, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery police are investigating the capital city's latest homicide.
19 year old Terrance Ponder is dead after being shot in his head and back. Police believe Ponder and another teenaged man were shot during a shootout that happened while the victims and the suspects were driving on the West South Boulevard Saturday night.
Centreville, Ala – (AP) - About 80 soldiers with the Alabama Army National Guard's 129th Medical Company are heading to Fort Lewis, Wash., for the final weeks of training before going to Iraq. The soldiers, who call themselves the "Renegade Medics," will operate a medical clinic in Iraq. They got a sendoff from family and friends at an armory in Centreville on Sunday. Capt. Beth Acker is a registered nurse who works in the traumatic surgical intensive care unit at DCH Regional Medical
Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama Democratic Party officials are asking state and federal authorities to investigate an election day prank by a conservative radio commentator in Huntsville. Conservative radio commentator Dale Jackson of WVNN in Huntsville read a phony news release on air and posted a copy to his Web site Tuesday morning. The release made prominent use of the Alabama state seal. The release said because of heavy turnout, the polls would be open for two days. It said supporters for Republican Paul Sanford
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Alabama death row inmate Jack Trawick is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Thursday at Holman Prison in Atmore. Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said the 62-year-old Trawick had not filed any legal pleadings in court seeking to stop his execution as of late Wednesday. Trawick was sentenced to death for the 1992 abduction and slaying of 21-year-old college student Stephanie Gach of Birmingham. Trawick's graphic writings and grisly drawings about his crimes
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama may not opens its doors as wide this year for hurricane evacuees from Louisiana and other states. Gov. Bob Riley said Tuesday the state will not take as many evacuees into shelters from out-of-state this year to make sure shelter space is available for Alabama residents. He said the state will be particularly cautious about filling shelters if there's a chance another hurricane could affect the Alabama coast. More than 6,500 evacuees, mostly from Louisiana, filled 28
Birmingham,Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Alabama's most populous county are trying to figure their way out of a worsening financial mess. Members of the Jefferson County Commission are scheduled to meet behind closed doors Tuesday in Birmingham to discuss alternatives to a court ruling that's caused a major revenue crunch. The problem comes with the county already trying to avoid bankruptcy because of a debt crisis. After years of litigation, a judge has barred the county from