Tuscaloosa, Alabama – (AP) - The University of Alabama might have to pay more than $80 million to purchase the 188-acre Bryce Hospital property for any future expansion of its campus. Former state Mental Health Commissioner Kathy Sawyer is conducting a study that has found the cost of relocating Bryce's 300 or so residents in Tuscaloosa County and duplicating the hospital's services would be in the mid-$80 million range. An appraisal valued the property at $43 million three years ago.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day: COMMITTEES -House Government Appropriations Committee approved a General Fund budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Goes to House. -House Government Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would allow the Legislative Building Authority to use land and arrange financing to build legislative chambers and offices at the rear of the Capitol in downtown Montgomery. Goes to House.
Atmore, Alabama – (AP) - Convicted killer Jimmy Lee Dill faces lethal injection at Holman prison as attorneys await a decision from the Alabama Supreme Court on his bid for a stay of execution. The 49-year-old Dill is scheduled for lethal injection at 6 p.m. tonight. The Birmingham man has been on death row nearly 20 years. He has been moved to a special cell next to the execution room and visited his two brothers and other family members. Prosecutors say he has exhausted appeals of his May 24, 1989,
Montgomery, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Thousands of Alabama Power customers statewide remain without electricity after storms downed trees and powerlines. Alabama Power spokeswoman Keisa Sharpe said crews hope to restore service by Tuesday night to most of the 61,686 customers who were without power. A total of 33,300 customers were in Birmingham area. Sharpe said several Birmingham area residents might be without power until Wednesday evening. A total of 22,290 customers were without power in the Tuscaloosa
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service says help is available to the thousands of Alabamians who have waited until the last minute to file a tax return or an extension. The IRS offices in Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile are staying open until 6 p.m. today and tomorrow (Wednesday) to help taxpayers. The IRS says there are also community help sites in 38 counties that offer free tax preparation for people with household incomes of $42,000 or less last year. Taxpayers can call 1-800-906-9887 for locations.
Wetumpka, Alabama – Wetumpka's Mayor has put his assistant, Linda Lewis, back on the job. This after the Wetumpka City Council decided two weeks ago to move towards termination for alleged abusive language used in a conversation with a former city employee and Wetumpka resident.
Lewis filed suit saying she was improperly targeted for termination by the council. Mayor Jerry Willis says he conducted an investigation among City Hall employees who said they saw nothing improper committed during the alleged interaction between Lewis and the former city employee.
Tuskegee, Alabama – A special event will be held in Tuskegee next week offering discussion on such topics as renewable energy, weatherization, and all of the components of the popular concept of "going green".
The Tuskegee Volunteer Power Corporation will hold its 2009 Agricultural and Energy Summit on April 22 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Washington Chapel AME Church in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Montgomery, Alabama – Four area high school students are receiving a high honor; the Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School, or LAMP, has students who are among 16 students in the state to earn National Achievement Scholarships.
Those honors go to 17 year old Ahmad Jackson, 17 year old George Okeowo, 17 year old Jenae Steele and 18 year old Anthony Todd.
The recognitions are doubly sweet for the school because LAMP is the only high school in Alabama to have multiple students earn National Achievement Scholarships.