New Orleans, Lousiana – (AP) - The federal government has accepted $690.2 million in high bids for 328 offshore petroleum leases off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Seventy energy companies submitted 476 bids on 348 tracts in March's sale of leases in the Central Gulf of Mexico by the federal Minerals Management service. The MMS says it rejected high bids of $12.8 million on 19 tracts because the bids did not reach fair market value. The single highest bid was $65.6 million by Shell Gulf of Mexico
Mobile,Alabama – (AP) - The Mobile County school board has voted against buying about 25 Tasers for security officers amid worries that the district was opening itself up to lawsuits if students were shot. The board voted 3-2 on Monday night against buying the stun guns for $25,000 after several residents expressed opposition to having them in the schools. Board members said they would rather the officers call police, who use Tasers, instead. Superintendent Roy Nichols had wanted the
Montgomery, Alabama – Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama,LLC is optimistic the company's latest incentive will boost sales. Hyundai spokesman Robert Burns says the company is offering a guaranteed gasoline rate for a year for people who purchase a Hyundai vehicle between July 1 and August 31st of this year. The Montgomery based manufacturer says that consumers nationwide will receive a gas card equivalent to $1.49 per gallon for one year or 12,000 miles.
Montgomery,Alabama – A Montgomery resident is being recognized for her life's work in a new book titled "African American National Biography,Volume 6".
Dr. Gwen Patton says she is elated to learn that she has been included int he book featuring many civil rights activists. Dr. Patton recently shared with WVAS some of her recollections of her work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the form of the Poor People's Campaign.
Dr. Patton remains true to her work as an activist by recently serving on the Selma to Montgomery Historic Trail Advisory Council.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy has asked U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to recuse himself from considering Scrushy's motion for a new trial in his bribery case. Scrushy and former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman were convicted in 2006 of bribery and other charges in a federal government corruption case. Scrushy filed a motion Friday seeking a new trial, alleging selective prosecution and other issues. Scrushy also filed a motion saying Fuller should step aside
Montgomery, Alabama – And then there was one Montgomery Public Schools officials say one of the two people vying for the position of Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent has withdrawn her candidacy.
School Board Member Melissa Snowden, District 5, says the decision came in the form of an e-mail this morning from Samantha Ingram, Ph.D.
"I wasn't given any reason", Snowden said when asked what reason had been given for Ingram's withdrawal.
Worchester, Massachusettes – (AP) - A 7-year-old boy who authorities say was severely beaten by his dad on Father's Day in Massachusetts has died. A nursing supervisor at UMass Memorial Medical Center says Nathaniel Turner was removed from a ventilator early Saturday morning at the hospital. He was declared brain dead Tuesday after his father, Leslie Schuler, allegedly slammed his head against a wall so hard on Father's Day that it left a dent in a wall at Schuler's home in Worcester.