Birmingham,Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The July chill is setting records for low temperatures across Alabama. The National Weather Service said at least nine cities in central Alabama had their lowest recorded temperatures ever for July 20 on Monday morning. All had overnight lows in the mid- to upper 50s. Pinson got down to 55 degrees, six degrees cooler than the previous low of 61 in 1962. It was just as cool in the Tennessee Valley region, and overnight lows reached the mid-60s as far south as the coast.
Atlanta,Georgia – ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta City Council has cleared the way for a civil and human rights museum to pay $11.5 million left on a loan so the museum can acquire display rights to 10,000 documents belonging to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In the down economy, private fundraising has stalled to pay off the original $32 million loan made in 2006 to buy the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. Under a proposal approved by the council on Monday on a 12-0
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge has ordered a Walker County bingo hall to close immediately after ruling its operation had not complied with county law. Judge Robert Vance issued the order Monday against Helping Hands Charity Bingo following a hearing last week. Vance has been assigned several bingo cases, including Walker County cases and one from Lowndes County. Annette Graveman, an official with Helping Hands, said the hall
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Court records and tax returns show a deferred compensation plan for state government employees has become a major source of funds for an influential lobbying group that represents the workers at the Alabama Legislature. Nationwide Retirement Solutions provides the plan for state workers. It has filed court papers saying it was prepared to pay nearly $433,000 to the Alabama State Employees Association last week, but held off because of litigation over the deferred compensation plan.
Tuskegee, Alabama – TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - The executive director of Tuskegee University's presidential search committee says the deadline for accepting applications for the position has been extended until July 31. Charlotte Morris said the university also has put out a request for proposals to hire a search firm to assist the efforts to find the school's sixth president. Applications will be evaluated by a presidential search committee appointed by the university's board of trustees.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is getting ready for its fourth annual sales tax holiday on Aug. 7-9 The state government is waiving its 4 percent sales tax on back-to-school items purchased between 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7 and midnight Sunday, Aug. 9. The state Revenue Department reports that many cities and counties are also waving their local sales taxes for the weekend. The state's most populous county, Jefferson County, is not participating this year. County officials say the anticipated
Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment has gone into double digits and is at its highest mark in 25 years. The state Department of Industrial Relations reported Friday that Alabama's rate rose to 10.1 percent for June. The rate had been 9.8 percent in May. Alabama's rate for June was higher than the national measure of 9.5 percent. The last time Alabama had unemployment as high as 10.1 percent was May, June and July of 1984. State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Alabama's
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - Republicans have picked up another seat in the Alabama House. Republican businessman Phil Williams defeated Democrat Jenny Askins in a special election for the House District 6 seat in Madison County on Tuesday. Williams carried 60 percent of the vote and will replace Democratic Rep. Sue Schmitz. She was automatically removed from office after being convicted on federal fraud charges earlier this year. It was the GOP's second legislative victory of the summer in