RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - A Franklin County judge has ordered a death sentence for a Russellville woman accused of setting a house fire that killed her 6-year-old son in order to collect life insurance. Circuit Judge Terry Dempsey sentenced 31-year-old Christie Michelle Scott on Wednesday, deciding not to go along with the jury, which recommended life in prison without parole. Scott was convicted of capital murder in July for starting the fire at her family's Russellville home that killed Mason Scott a year ago.
Montgomery,Alabama – Governor Bob Riley says he will make a decision by the end of the week on whether to call a special session addressing Jefferson County's financial crisis.
Members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation say they have legislation that would re-enact an occupational tax and change that county's management.
Jefferson County has placed 1,000 of its employees on unpaid leave. A judge declared a previous occupational tax constitutional - that measure had generated $75 MILLION dollars annually for Jefferson county.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - Legislators from Alabama's most populous county have reached a compromise on a tax bill and are asking for a special session to end a partial shutdown of county services that threatens a National Guard callup. Members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation, meeting in Birmingham on Tuesday, approved a bill to enact a new occupational tax for the area. Rep. John Rogers said he's asking the governor to call a special session in Montgomery beginning Monday.
Mobile,Alabama – (AP) Mobile's city attorney says a public lewdness charge may be dismissed against an elderly woman who was arrested after having what she says was a bladder emergency in a downtown park.
Larry Wettermark said Monday the city isn't interested in prosecuting someone who had an accident.
Eighty-one-year-old Lula Mae Battle was arrested on June 3 after a police cadet saw her urinating in bushes in a downtown park. The woman has said she has incontinence problems and couldn't make it to a public restroom.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) A Democratic candidate for governor, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, wants to raise Alabama's school dropout age from 17 to 18.
That's one of several proposals in Davis' plan to reduce the school dropout rate. Davis says he will unveil details of the plan at a news conference Tuesday in Montgomery.
Davis' plan calls for after-school programs to help students at risk of dropping out of school. The candidate is also calling for the revocation of the driver's license of any student who drops out of school for non-medical reasons.
POINT CLEAR, Ala. – (AP) _ Eight candidates for governor of Alabama have gotten together for an early candidates forum with the election more than 15 months away and showed some areas of common agreement. They also showed common disagreement with federal government efforts to reform health care. The Business Council of Alabama played host to the weekend forum at Marriott's Grand Hotel. Participants gave opening and closing statement and answered a wide range of questions.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) - A longtime Alabama lobbyist has pleaded guilty to paying thousands of dollars in bribes to Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford. Al LaPierre admitted being the middleman Thursday in a conspiracy to route money to Langford from Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount. Blount's firm received millions of dollars in work from the Jefferson County Commission while Langford was a member. Langford is accused of accepting more than $230,000 in bribes in exchange for funneling business to Blount's company. Langford and