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
Mobile, Alabama – MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge has set an Oct. 19 trial date for part-time evangelist Anthony Hopkins, charged with murder in the death of his wife, whose body was found in a freezer at the couple's home. Judge John Lockett set the trial date Monday during Hopkins' arraignment. Prosecutors claim the 37-year-old Hopkins killed his 36-year-old wife, Arletha, then stuffed her body in a deep freezer four years ago. The freezer was kept in the house where Hopkins was raising his eight children.
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police arrest a man accused of staging a murder to appear that it happened during a robbery. Police have 22 year old Rontavius Holloway of Montgomery in custody charged with committed the city's latest homicide.
Police allgee Holloway shot and killed an unidentified 47 year old woman around 2 o'clock Thursday morning outside a West Haven Lane home.
Police say Holloway apparently placed a ski mask and a knife in the woman's hand to make it appear that the fatal shooting was committed during a robbery.
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean are meeting today with members of the company that recently purchased the Montgomery Mall.
The owners, Blue Ridge Capital, say they would like to form a public/private partnership to help utilize the facility. Mayor Todd Strange says there are many avenues they might take in considering what to do with the facility which has been vacant for several years.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) -Four Alabama counties have been given federal disaster status as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, and straight-line winds during the period of May 6-8.
President Barack Obama declared a federal disaster on Wednesday for Autauga, Bullock, Elmore, and Montgomery counties. The declaration makes federal funds available for repair and replacement of facilities damaged by the storms.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – (AP) - A man behind bars on drug charges has been charged in the 1999 slaying of a 21-year-old Tuscaloosa mother of two children. Tuscaloosa Police Sgt. Kenny Ray Jenkins said it seemed like Eric Horton had dropped off the face of the earth until he was found at St. Clair Correctional Facility serving time on drug charges. A grand jury issued a capital murder indictment against Horton last month in the death of Stephanie Collins. Collins was found dead on Moody Swamp Road in west Tuscaloosa on
JACKSON, Miss. – (AP) - Interim Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Rev. Byron Clay says he's been traveling around the country, trying to mobilize marchers for his group's renewed "Poor People's Campaign." Clay says he's unsure how many will be drawn to Jackson for the June 20 demonstration at the state Capitol. Clay was in Jackson on Wednesday to announce details about the campaign that is similar to the initiative Dr. Martin Luther King was working on before he was killed 1968.
Enterprise, Alabama – (AP) - A peanut field in south Alabama becomes a vibrant go-to site for country music fans Thursday, with more than 100,000 people expected for the second annual Bama Jam. The three-day event kicks off Thursday with Taylor Swift headlining, followed by Alan Jackson on Friday, and Kid Rock and Brooks and Dunn on Saturday. There's also a liberal amount of rock and alternative music mixed in, including the Black Crowes, Los Lonely Boys, Umphrey's McGee and Drive By Truckers.