Selma, Ala – (AP) - Dixie Pellets, which manufactures wood pellets for heating, has closed its doors because it does not have the funds to continue operating. The company told about 70 workers Tuesday they should not return to work. Plant manager Bruce Gornto said "an unusual and an unforeseen financial issue" gave the company no choice but to stop operations. Gornto is unsure if the plant will permanently close and said they are working with people to resolve the issue. The company will
Montgmomery, Ala – (AP) - The state of Alabama says it plans to issue tax refunds by the end of September to the great majority of those who have not yet received them despite having filed before April 15. State officials say about 24,000 individuals and married couples fall into that category. Department spokeswoman Carla Snellgrove says a few thousand of those filers may have to wait even longer for their refunds, most likely because officials still have questions about their returns.
Jackson, AL – (AP) - The head football coach of Meadowview Christian School has a black eye, and school officials are looking into reports that another coach punched him during a game. Meadowview headmaster Michael J. Gaylor says the school is investigating reports that assistant coach Robin Terry punched head coach hit head coach Kenny Strong in the face during a weekend game against Jackson Academy. Terry was hired this year. He was an assistant coach at Dallas County High School last year.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mac Parsons says he's going to run for the Alabama Supreme Court next year, but he hasn't decided which of the three races he will enter. Three seats currently held by Republicans are up for election next year. Justices Mike Bolin and Tom Parker are seeking re-election, but Justice Patti Smith is not. Parsons, a Democrat, says he will decide later which of the seats he will seek. Parsons has served 11 years as a circuit judge. Before that, he
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is changing its policy as the swine flu virus spreads. Alabama Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson says Thursday testing for the H1N1 virus is no longer necessary in most cases because patients with flu-like symptoms most likely have swine flu. He says the state lab's limited capacity means that the agency is restricting testing to hospitalized patients, pregnant women and certain others. The new policy will allow the agency to more
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - The State Employees' Insurance Board has approved several increases to health insurance premiums for Alabama's state government workers, requiring single employees to pay a preminum for the first time. The board voted Wednesday to charge all active employees a premium of $15 a month. Employees who are also paying for family coverage will have those premiums go up by $10 from $180 a month to $190 a month. Smokers will pay an additional $5 a month, going from $25 to
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Youth Services is making big changes to the way it keeps records. The department is in its first year of switching from paper to mostly electronic record keeping. Now, contractors enter data into spreadsheets instead of just filling out incident reports to turn in to DYS and put into the child's file. That way the data can be easily viewed and analyzed on electronic spreadsheets. DYS officials say it's already paying off after they noticed