Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor says he is not planning to run for Mayor of Montgomery, instead, Baylor says he has been approached about a possible appointment as United States Marshall for the Middle District of Alabama. Baylor says that while he is happy with his current job, he is honored to be considered to receive an appointment by the President of the United States. Baylor has been chief of police since 2004, and he has more than 32 years of law enforcement experience.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State government's tax collections for the first three months of the fiscal year are running nearly 6 percent behind the same months last year. The state Revenue Department reports that Alabama took in more than $2.1 billion in taxes for October, November and December. That's about $120 million less than the same months a year ago. Much of the drop is due to declines in sales taxes and corporate income taxes, which support public education.
Montgomery, Alabama – Hyundai Motors Manufacturing is struggling with declining sales. The Montgomery plant reports December 2008 sales were down over 48 percent in comparison with December 2007 figures.
In an attempt to boost sales, Hyundai is out with a new program aimed at encouraging people to buy Hyundai vehicles. It's called the Hyundai Assurance Program, and it basically allows people who are leasing or buying a Hyundai financed vehicles to return them - if they fall on hard economic times.
January 6,2009 – (Decatur, AL) Mystery solved in case of a missing Decatur police officer. Officials say -48- year old Sgt. Faron White has been arrested in Las Vagas, Nevada. He is accused of staging his disappearance to cover up the theft of more than -25- hundred dollars from the Decatur Police Department.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn has named Trooper Taylor assistant head coach in charge of wide receivers. Taylor was Oklahoma State's co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach last season. Auburn coach Gene Chizik says Taylor is familiar with the Southeastern Conference and is a tremendous recruiter.
January 5,2009 – The Montgomery City Council meets tonight, no doubt declining sales tax revenues will be on the minds of Council members.
Sales tax collections in the capital city for November 2008 were down 14 percent from November 2007 figures. The decline in sales tax revenue means the city will have less to spend on city government functions.
City Council President Charles Jinright has been sworn in as interim mayor. Jinright says that budget adjustments are likely.
January 6,2009 – Autagua County has a new School Superintendent. Greg Faulkner took over the job Monday, and he now leads a school system dealing with $5 million in funding cuts because of proration of the state education budget.
Faulkner says his top priority is finding ways to save money, and he says the school system will no doubt dip into $4.8 million it has in reserves.
Mobile, Alabama – MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking public comments by Jan. 21 on a proposed natural gas pipeline from Grand Bay to Pascagoula, Miss., including a proposed alternate route along U.S. 90. The agency plans to prepare an environmental assessment of the plans, which also call for a pipeline expansion from Grand Bay to Citronelle, north of Mobile. The commission indicated that the pipeline's proposed routing had raised concerns at public meetings this fall. It has asked
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - National Weather Service meteorologists urge Alabamians to monitor weather conditions today. A large storm system will move across the state in front of an approaching cold front. Meteorologists said the system has the potential to spawn severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong gusty winds. Isolated tornadoes are also possible. Numerous flood watches and flood warnings have also been issued for much of the state.