MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - One of Alabama's biggest campaign contributors and best-known plaintiff lawyers, former Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley, has agreed to be chairman of U.S. Rep. Artur Davis' Democratic campaign for governor. Beasley announced his position in a conference call arranged Monday by Davis' campaign. Beasley called Davis "the ideal candidate for the time." Davis faces state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks in the Democratic primary next June. Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is also
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James is lining up support from people who helped former Chief Justice Roy Moore run for governor in 2006. Campaign spokesman Brett Hall said Monday that former state Sen. Roy Smith of Gadsden has agreed to lead James' campaign in Etowah County. Smith served as co-chairman of the We Need Moore 2006 Committee when Moore ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for governor that year. Moore is running again this time.
Lansing, Michigan – (AP) - Michigan is part of a $109 million national settlement with Ernst & Young stemming from allegations the New York-based firm did not detect accounting fraud involving more than a dozen HealthSouth Corp. executives. State Attorney General Mike Cox and Treasurer Robert Kleine announced the settlement Monday. Michigan officials say the settlement is one of the largest against an outside auditor in a class-action securities fraud case. Michigan will get an undetermined amount of the $109 million for
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - About 3,500 students are in the Birmingham area this week to compete in the 2009 National Forensic League's speech and debate tournament. Students at the weeklong event are expected to debate about controversial issues, from politics to current events.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Officials say city inspectors have ticketed 85 people in the first eight days of enforcing a new Montgomery ordinance against parking cars in the front yard. The $50 fines can be appealed but photos of the violations are kept on file and will be shown to municipal court judges who hear contested cases. Montgomery officials said the goal is not to raise revenue but to discourage people from parking in front yards. City Councilman Charles Smith sponsored the ordinance and said
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama has been ranked second in a national study on gun deaths per capita. The five states topping the list were Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi and Nevada, according to the Violence Policy Center. The study looked at states with high gun ownership coupled with what it called weak gun laws. In states that fit that definition, gun death rates far exceed the national rate of 10.32 per 100,000 residents, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery police are investigating the capital city's latest homicide.
19 year old Terrance Ponder is dead after being shot in his head and back. Police believe Ponder and another teenaged man were shot during a shootout that happened while the victims and the suspects were driving on the West South Boulevard Saturday night.