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
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) - An investment banker accused of paying bribes to Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors. Federal court documents filed Tuesday show William Blount admits giving Langford thousands of dollars in exchange for Langford using his influence to send Jefferson County's bond financing business to Blount. Langford was on the Jefferson County Commission at the time. Blount initially pleaded not guilty. But a federal judge
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - An independent study of Alabama's prepaid college tuition program shows that the most viable option for the troubled program is for the state to finance it over 18 years. Buck Consultants didn't recommend a specific plan or source of the funding. But it would presumably require the Legislature to appropriate more than $52 million in fiscal year 2011 and possibly more later. All this would come as schools across the state struggle with mandated budget cuts.