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
Mobile, Alabama – (AP) - A woman who suffered third-degree burns after stepping into a shower of 136-degree water has been awarded $750,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit against the apartment manager. The Mobile County court award to 25-year-old Treon Moorer, in late June, followed mediation with JRS Management Inc. of Florida. The company's lawyer, Larry Matthews of Pensacola, declined comment. Moorer's attorney, Richard Taylor, said Moorer was "horribly
Montgomery, Alabama – There is a little good news for out of work Alabamians. Beginning today, the newly unemployed will receive an additional $10 dollars per week in their unemployment compensation checks.
Alabama Department of Industrial Relations officials say the increase means the maximum benefit amount will increase to $265.00 per week.
Officials state that only new claimants filed on our after July 5,2009 are eligible for the increase.
Birmingham,Alabama – (AP) - The deadline has arrived for Alabama cities and counties to notify the state if they plan to participate in exempting shoppers from sales taxes on back-to-school purchase made from Aug. 7-9. Despite the recession, most Birmingham-area governments will participate. The holiday, enacted in 2006 to coincide with the beginning of school, exempts shoppers from the state's 4 percent sales tax and cities and counties also may exempt their local sales taxes.
Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks is unveiling a major part of his platform in his Democratic campaign for governor. Sparks' campaign says he will announce plans Thursday morning to guarantee advanced education for every child, reduce taxes, increase funding for Medicaid and education, create a disaster relief fund for agriculture, and eliminate illegal gambling in Alabama. Sparks' announcement is scheduled for his Montgomery campaign headquarters at 11 a.m.