Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the ninth meeting day of the regular session: HOUSE -Debated, but did not vote on a bill to place stiffer penalties on truck drivers and companies that don't properly tie down steel coils on the back of trucks. -Passed a bill to require DNA testing of all suspects arrested on felony charges. Goes to Senate. -Approved a bill that allows gourmet beers with higher alcohol contents to be sold in Alabama. Goes to Senate.
Montgomery,Alabama – In July of 2007, Micah J. Day of Millbrook ran his vehicle into a car on Hayneville Road and the Western Boulevard;the driver was not injured.
Day kept driving and minutes later ran his vehicle into another one; this time slamming it into a utility pole on Old Selma Road, killing the driver, off duty Montgomery Police Officer Robert Edward McCory.
Day must serve 35 years in prison for reckless murder. Prosecutors say at the time of the fatal traffic accident, Day was under the influence of alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana.
Montgomery, Alabama – There is a little good news for the unemployed in Alabama. Because of the federal economic stimulus package, unemployment compensation checks will include an additional $25 beginning by the end of this month.
About70,000 Alabamians could receive the extra money in their unemployment compensation checks.
Montgomery, Alabama – One of the two bills before the Alabama Legislature would clearly define crimes of "moral turpitude", but an advocate for felons says the measure would undo gains in the current laws that restore felons rights.
The Reverend Kenneth Glasgow, founder of Ordinary People Society, based in Dothan stated in the Montgomery Advertiser that, "It appalls me now that at this particular time in history, after we have crossed so many barriers that anyone would want to put up anything that would cause another human being to have rights taken away".
Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the eighth meeting day of the regular session: HOUSE -Passed a bill to appropriate $8 million for building an elementary school in the Walker County town of Oakman to replace a building that was heavily damaged by a tornado. Goes to Senate. -Approved legislation to limit the liability of owners of land leased for hunting and fishing if someone is injured on their property. Goes to Senate.