Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama and Georgia are scrambling to get tax refunds issued before they have to pay interest on them. Both states have laws requiring them to pay interest to taxpayers who filed by the April 15 deadline but don't get their refunds within 90 days. That deadline is Wednesday. A spokesman for the Georgia Department of Revenue says it appears some interest may have to be paid. But Alabama Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell says his department is rushing to get all refunds issued by Wednesday and avoid interest.
Russellville, AL – (AP) - A jury has recommended that a northwest Alabama mother be sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of her 6-year-old son. Jurors made the recommendation Friday in the case of 30-year-old Christie Scott. The Franklin County woman was convicted Wednesday of capital murder in the death of 6-year-old Mason Scott, who was killed in a house fire last year. Relatives asked jurors to spare Scott's life. Prosecutors sought the death penalty.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is proposing a $650 civil penalty against BFGoodrich Tire Manufacturing of Tuscaloosa. Health officials released a statement Tuesday saying the company violated State Board of Health rules. The department identified the violation when BFGoodrich reported in May that two devices containing radioactive sources were missing from the Tuscaloosa plant site. They were discovered missing in April and were last accounted for in October 2008.
Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - Public Service Commission President Lucy Baxley has fallen and broken her hip. Baxley's executive assistant, Lisa Parrish, said she fell Tuesday morning while getting in the car to go to work. She went ahead to work, attended a PSC meeting and other meetings, but began to feel increasing pain around noon. Parrish said Baxley went to Jackson Hospital in Montgomery. Doctors determined she had broken her hip and began surgery late Tuesday afternoon.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price says he won't run for governor. Some leaders of the black wing of the state Democratic Party, the Alabama Democratic Conference, had been encouraging Price to enter next year's Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Artur Davis and Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks. Price said Monday he appreciated the encouragement and gave the contest serious thought. But he said he's been a judge 26 years and that's what he wants to continue to do.
Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - Alabama state troopers report they made 152 drunken driving arrests and issued slightly more than 3,000 speeding tickets during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. A trooper spokesman, Cpl. Steve Jarrett, says troopers also issued nearly 1,100 seat belt citations and 84 citations for child restraint violations. The state Department of Public Safety used extra patrols during the busy weekend to try to keep down accidents. State troopers