HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - Republicans have picked up another seat in the Alabama House. Republican businessman Phil Williams defeated Democrat Jenny Askins in a special election for the House District 6 seat in Madison County on Tuesday. Williams carried 60 percent of the vote and will replace Democratic Rep. Sue Schmitz. She was automatically removed from office after being convicted on federal fraud charges earlier this year. It was the GOP's second legislative victory of the summer in
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham police are investigating the shooting death of a man who robbed a store and then exchanged gunfire with a store clerk. Police said the robber suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene outside Vineyard Food Market. Police Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. said shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday a man with a gun robbed the store and that a clerk followed him outside where they started shooting at each other.
Camden, Ala. – (AP) - Wilcox County sheriff's deputies have found a missing Montgomery woman who has Alzheimers. Police say 70-year-old Frances Baker was found in Camden on Tuesday walking through a neighborhood. She was last seen leaving her residence on Wares Ferry Road in Montgomery about 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Her white 2000 Pontiac Montana van was found in a ditch. Montgomery police said she was taken to a hospital for possible dehydration. ---
Washington, D. C. – WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has vowed to not let her personal views affect how she would rule on cases from the nation's highest court. In an exchange with the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Sotomayor said she believes comments she has made about the value of life's experiences have been misinterpreted by her critics. Sotomayor said flatly to Alabama's Sen. Jeff Sessions: "I do not permit my sympathies, personal views or prejudices influence
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Alabama's prescription drug overpricing lawsuit against California-based Watson Pharmaceuticals. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price said Monday jurors appeared to be hopelessly deadlocked after more than 7 hours of deliberations. He said he expects the case will be tried with a new jury in September. Attorneys for the state claimed Watson cheated the state's
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama and Georgia are scrambling to get tax refunds issued before they have to pay interest on them. Both states have laws requiring them to pay interest to taxpayers who filed by the April 15 deadline but don't get their refunds within 90 days. That deadline is Wednesday. A spokesman for the Georgia Department of Revenue says it appears some interest may have to be paid. But Alabama Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell says his department is rushing to get all refunds issued by Wednesday and avoid interest.
Russellville, AL – (AP) - A jury has recommended that a northwest Alabama mother be sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of her 6-year-old son. Jurors made the recommendation Friday in the case of 30-year-old Christie Scott. The Franklin County woman was convicted Wednesday of capital murder in the death of 6-year-old Mason Scott, who was killed in a house fire last year. Relatives asked jurors to spare Scott's life. Prosecutors sought the death penalty.