JACKSON, Miss. – (AP) - Interim Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Rev. Byron Clay says he's been traveling around the country, trying to mobilize marchers for his group's renewed "Poor People's Campaign." Clay says he's unsure how many will be drawn to Jackson for the June 20 demonstration at the state Capitol. Clay was in Jackson on Wednesday to announce details about the campaign that is similar to the initiative Dr. Martin Luther King was working on before he was killed 1968.
Enterprise, Alabama – (AP) - A peanut field in south Alabama becomes a vibrant go-to site for country music fans Thursday, with more than 100,000 people expected for the second annual Bama Jam. The three-day event kicks off Thursday with Taylor Swift headlining, followed by Alan Jackson on Friday, and Kid Rock and Brooks and Dunn on Saturday. There's also a liberal amount of rock and alternative music mixed in, including the Black Crowes, Los Lonely Boys, Umphrey's McGee and Drive By Truckers.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - The Birmingham City Council has voted to legalize, regulate and tax electronic bingo, but it will be a month before the first license is granted to nonprofit operators. Mayor Larry Langford said he would wait 30 days to sign it after the Jefferson County district attorney expressed concerns about whether the machines ultimately will be declared illegal in the state. The policy was approved on a 4-1 vote. District Attorney Brandon Falls asked the city for the delay to
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's two U.S. senators - Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Republicans, each have about $400 million in funding requests for special projects in Alabama next year. The Birmingham News reviewed the requests and found that most of them steered toward high-tech defense contractors and university researchers. This is the first year senators have been required to disclose their earmark requests at the front end of the appropriations process, well before the final bills are written.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's decision on a policy that bans Alabama legislators from working in the two-year college system. The high court on Friday sent the case back to a Montgomery circuit court, who had struck down the State Board of Education's policy prohibiting the practice known as "double-dipping." Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick had ruled in November that the school board violated state law in passing the ban on
Washington – WASHINGTON (AP) - The ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee says he believes the federal government's key role in a likely bankruptcy filing by General Motors Corp. puts Washington "on the road to socialism." Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said the financially beleaguered GM should have filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy six months ago. And he said the U.S. government's stake in the company now facing a restructuring-or-bankruptcy deadline in the next few days is entirely too large.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - Southern Company will operate the National Carbon Capture Center at a facility next to Alabama Power's Gaston plant at Wilsonville. The company announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Energy's center will develop and test advanced technologies to capture carbon dioxide from coal-based power plants. The goal of carbon capture is reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that a coal-fired electricity plant releases to the atmosphere. The center will work with scientists and technology developers
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's lone contender at the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee, Lindsey Grace Zimmer of Notasulga, failed to advance to Thursday's semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. The 13-year-old correctly spelled "longitude" and "anodyne" on Wednesday, but her score for those two rounds, combined with her score on the 25-word written test, was not high enough to qualify her for the semifinals. Only 41 of the original 293 contestants move on to the