Thomasvillle, Al – First United Security Bank has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by federal prosecutors claiming the bank discriminated against black borrowers. The settlement calls for the bank to pay up to $50,000 total to people federal authorities say were overcharged. It also agreed to open a branch in a majority-black area within three years, spend $500,000 to subsidize mortgages and small-business loans in majority-black areas and spend $110,000 advertising to black borrowers.
Montgomery, Al – The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says complaints brought by a U.S. Department of Justice paralegal in the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman were unsubstantiated. Tamarah Grimes, who worked on the team prosecuting the corruption case against Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy, filed a complaint in 2007 under whistleblower protection laws. She accused prosecutors of mismanagement, failure to report improper contact with jurors and initiating a criminal
Montgomery, Ala. – (AP) - Three more people have died from swine flu in Alabama. State health officials announced the deaths Thursday. The state's number of fatalities from the virus is now at 11. The latest to die are a man in his 60s from Talladega County, a woman in her 50s from Madison County, and a female in her 70s from Jackson County. Previous deaths of persons positive for swine flu have occurred this year in Bullock, Dale, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Macon, Montgomery and Russell counties.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has set a legal precedent in the state by ruling that child support payments are not automatically extinguished when parental rights are terminated. The court's ruling Wednesday reversed the state civil appeals court, which had held that a parent who loses rights to a child no longer has a responsibility to pay child support. The Supreme Court, split 6-3, said parental neglect could be rewarded if child support would no longer have to be paid.