Montgomery, Alabama – MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Officials at Mobile-based International Shipholding Corp. are monitoring the piracy incident off the coast of Somalia closely. The vessel is owned by Maersk USA and leased to International Shipholding, under what is known as a bareboat charter. The firm says it has had such relationships with Maersk for the past three to five years. Pirates took Capt. Richard Phillips as a hostage after an attack on the M/V Maersk Alabama on Wednesday. A standoff continues.
April 9,2009 – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day: COMMITTEES -House Committee on County and Municipal Government approved a bill that would prevent country sheriffs from keeping unspent money allocated for feeding prisoners. Goes to House. -House Public Safety Committee delayed action on a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to impound a vehicle after an accident or a moving violation if the owner does not have proof of
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would give cities and counties the authority to remove their local sales taxes on groceries. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted 5-1 Tuesday for the bill by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur. Orr's bill now goes to the Senate. Orr said city councils and county commissions currently don't have the authority to exempt groceries from their local sales taxes.
Birmingham,Alabama – (AP) - State Rep. Earl Hilliard Junior said Monday he would seek the 7th District congressional seat once held by his father, who in 1992 became Alabama's first black congressman since Reconstruction. The 39-year-old Hilliard announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination during a downtown kickoff attended by supporters including his father, Earl Hilliard Sr. The younger Hilliard, a lawyer and independent filmmaker, said he would be "my own man" as he tries to combat the crushing
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Three weeks into spring, its feeling a lot like winter. National Weather Service meteorologists have posted freeze watches and warnings through early Tuesday) morning for dozens of counties statewide. Some areas could see readings plummet into the upper 20s to lower 30s. So, you will definitely need those coats and scarves. Subfreezing temps also mean farmers and gardeners should protect crops and flowers already showing off spring blooms.