Birmingham,Alabama – (AP) - Attorney General Troy King reportedly was a featured guest at a Houston County developer's party in January, a few months before King's office issued an advisory opinion clearing the way for the developer to get a gambling permit. The Birmingham News reports that the opinion advised Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes that he had no choice but to issue a bingo permit once certain conditions were met. That boosted the prospects of Ronnie Gilley's proposed Country Crossing development.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has let the Alabama Legislature's unemployment compensation resolution take effect without his signature. The Legislature passed a resolution saying Alabama wants all unemployment compensation money available from the stimulus package. That includes about $100 million that would require a change in state law to make about 20,000 more unemployed people eligible for benefits.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A debate in the Alabama House is resuming debate on a $2.5 billion General Fund budget after stalling earlier in the week. They budget would be used to fund non-education services such as prisons, state troopers and Medicaid. Consideration of the budget stalled Tuesday when Democratic leaders in the House and Republican Gov. Bob Riley could not agree on how much money to put in an emergency fund to be spent at the discretion of the governor.
Montgomery, Alabama – A national book store chain is closing the doors of one of its stores in Montgomery. Barnes and Noble is closing its location at the corner of the Eastern Boulevard and the Troy Highway.
Barnes and Nobles cites the declining number of retail stores in the area as part of its decision to close.
Barnes & Noble says it will close the Montgomery store at the end of June.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 22nd meeting day of the regular session: HOUSE -Passed a resolution honoring the memory of victims of the Holocaust in Europe. Goes to Senate. -Debated but did not vote on a $2.5 billion General Fund budget. -Held a moment of silence and passed a resolution mourning the death Birmingham City Council President Pro Tempore Miriam Witherspoon. SENATE