Montgomery,Alabama – In July of 2007, Micah J. Day of Millbrook ran his vehicle into a car on Hayneville Road and the Western Boulevard;the driver was not injured.
Day kept driving and minutes later ran his vehicle into another one; this time slamming it into a utility pole on Old Selma Road, killing the driver, off duty Montgomery Police Officer Robert Edward McCory.
Day must serve 35 years in prison for reckless murder. Prosecutors say at the time of the fatal traffic accident, Day was under the influence of alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana.
Montgomery, Alabama – There is a little good news for the unemployed in Alabama. Because of the federal economic stimulus package, unemployment compensation checks will include an additional $25 beginning by the end of this month.
About70,000 Alabamians could receive the extra money in their unemployment compensation checks.
Montgomery, Alabama – One of the two bills before the Alabama Legislature would clearly define crimes of "moral turpitude", but an advocate for felons says the measure would undo gains in the current laws that restore felons rights.
The Reverend Kenneth Glasgow, founder of Ordinary People Society, based in Dothan stated in the Montgomery Advertiser that, "It appalls me now that at this particular time in history, after we have crossed so many barriers that anyone would want to put up anything that would cause another human being to have rights taken away".
Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the eighth meeting day of the regular session: HOUSE -Passed a bill to appropriate $8 million for building an elementary school in the Walker County town of Oakman to replace a building that was heavily damaged by a tornado. Goes to Senate. -Approved legislation to limit the liability of owners of land leased for hunting and fishing if someone is injured on their property. Goes to Senate.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has urged legislators to pass a bill that would dramatically rewrite Alabama's ethics law. The governor, at a news conference Thursday, wouldn't rule out calling lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session if they do not pass the proposed legislation in the current regular session that ends in mid-May. Rep. Mac Gipson of Prattville and Sen. Ben Brooks of Mobile have introduced identical versions of the bill in the House and Senate.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - A human rights group has filed suit alleging there's rampant violence, overcrowding and inhumane conditions at Alabama's Donaldson prison near Birmingham. The Southern Center for Human Rights filed the federal class-action lawsuit Thursday claiming Donaldson prison is so overcrowded that three inmates are crammed into cells measuring only 8 by 12 feet. The suit says the roof leaks and the prison smells of human waste. It outlines a dozen incidents of major violence such as
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Republican-backed plan to phase out the state sales tax on groceries has received a public hearing before a state Senate committee. But the plan's sponsor, Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, predicts the bill won't get out of the committee. The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee held a public hearing on Beason's bill Wednesday. The committee is scheduled to vote on the bill next week. The bill would remove 1 percent of the state's 4 percent grocery