POINT CLEAR, Ala. – (AP) _ Eight candidates for governor of Alabama have gotten together for an early candidates forum with the election more than 15 months away and showed some areas of common agreement. They also showed common disagreement with federal government efforts to reform health care. The Business Council of Alabama played host to the weekend forum at Marriott's Grand Hotel. Participants gave opening and closing statement and answered a wide range of questions.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) - A longtime Alabama lobbyist has pleaded guilty to paying thousands of dollars in bribes to Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford. Al LaPierre admitted being the middleman Thursday in a conspiracy to route money to Langford from Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount. Blount's firm received millions of dollars in work from the Jefferson County Commission while Langford was a member. Langford is accused of accepting more than $230,000 in bribes in exchange for funneling business to Blount's company. Langford and
Evergreen, Alabama – State Department of Human Resources officials are investigating a case in which a child suffered permanent brain damage while in foster care.
The Connecuh County child welfare department began the investigation following reports that a 2-year-old boy in was abused. Joyce and Lonnel Sims are charged with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse.
A state investigation shows that the Conecuh County child welfare agency investigated abuse allegations by telephone, may not have screened foster parents, and did not enforce a ban on corporal punishment.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - U.S. Rep. Artur Davis of Birmingham says he can't support the health care bill pending in the House unless significant changes are made. Davis voted for a portion of the bill in the House Ways and Means Committee on July 17. He said Thursday the bill has become an incentive for small businesses to hire fewer workers because the mandates are based on the size of a company's payroll. He calls the bill hypocritical because it does not require congressional campaign committees to insure their employees.
Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lawsuit aimed at getting Joe Reed's name back on the basketball arena at Alabama State University has failed. Former Alabama State trustee Frankye Underwood had filed a lawsuit accusing the trustees of violating the state's Open Meeting Act when they decided to remove Reed's name from the university's Acadome last year. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs Jr. ruled Wednesday there was no evidence of a violation.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) - Honda is increasing production at its auto assembly plant in Lincoln, the result of strengthening sales for the Odyssey minivan and Pilot sport utility. The Japanese automaker announced this week to the plant's 4,000-plus workers that it will add three upcoming Saturdays to its production schedule, which will count as overtime for employees. The company's $1.4 billion factory will run on one Saturday in September and two Saturdays in October. Its daily output will also
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - The panel reviewing NASA's future plans for human space flight is convening for a session in Alabama. The Human Space Flight Review Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday in Huntsville at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The session will open with a statement by Robert Lightfoot, acting director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. It will include a review of NASA's Constellation program, the agency's current framework for sending astronauts back
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's Attorney General's office is warning consumers to beware of scam artists claiming to have free government stimulus money for them.
The latest round of scams have been reported in the south east Alabama city of Dothan with some residents being told that they could receive a free -1- THOUSAND dollar food voucher, but to receive it, the person must pay $3.95 cents by credit card or debit card.
The scam artist then steals the person's identity and credit card information.