Montgmomery, Ala – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has announced plans for a five-day industry hunting trip to Germany. Riley announced plans for the trip Thursday after meeting with Germany's ambassador to the United States, Klaus Scharioth, and Counsel General Lutz Goergens. Riley said he will leave Alabama Tuesday and will meet in Germany with officials from a company that is considering locating in the state. Riley said he and the German officials discussed strengthening the partnership between Alabama and the European country.
Munford, Ala – (AP) - A pecan tree next to the Munford City Hall has been saved from the chain saw by protesting senior citizens who see the tree as a living reminder of their lives in the small Alabama town. The Munford City Council voted Tuesday night to hire a tree removal service to cut down the tree. City officials say it is dropping limbs and sap on City Hall and it poses a safety hazard. Regulars at the senior citizen center directly opposite the tree decided that was overkill.
Selma, Ala – (AP) - Dixie Pellets, which manufactures wood pellets for heating, has closed its doors because it does not have the funds to continue operating. The company told about 70 workers Tuesday they should not return to work. Plant manager Bruce Gornto said "an unusual and an unforeseen financial issue" gave the company no choice but to stop operations. Gornto is unsure if the plant will permanently close and said they are working with people to resolve the issue. The company will
Montgmomery, Ala – (AP) - The state of Alabama says it plans to issue tax refunds by the end of September to the great majority of those who have not yet received them despite having filed before April 15. State officials say about 24,000 individuals and married couples fall into that category. Department spokeswoman Carla Snellgrove says a few thousand of those filers may have to wait even longer for their refunds, most likely because officials still have questions about their returns.
Jackson, AL – (AP) - The head football coach of Meadowview Christian School has a black eye, and school officials are looking into reports that another coach punched him during a game. Meadowview headmaster Michael J. Gaylor says the school is investigating reports that assistant coach Robin Terry punched head coach hit head coach Kenny Strong in the face during a weekend game against Jackson Academy. Terry was hired this year. He was an assistant coach at Dallas County High School last year.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mac Parsons says he's going to run for the Alabama Supreme Court next year, but he hasn't decided which of the three races he will enter. Three seats currently held by Republicans are up for election next year. Justices Mike Bolin and Tom Parker are seeking re-election, but Justice Patti Smith is not. Parsons, a Democrat, says he will decide later which of the seats he will seek. Parsons has served 11 years as a circuit judge. Before that, he