Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Federal prosecutors have recommended that former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman be sentenced to 20 years in prison when he receives a new sentencing hearing in federal court in Montgomery. That's a much longer sentence than the more than seven-year prison term Siegelman originally received for his 2006 conviction in a federal government corruption case. The recommendation comes after a panel of three appellate judges dismissed two of the seven charges the former governor was convicted of and ordered a new
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The General Fund budget approved by the Legislature will expand Alabama's insurance program for children to cover 14,000 more children from working families lacking insurance. The expansion was allowed by Congress in February when it raised the federal tobacco tax to pay for more children's health insurance. The Legislature provided the matching state money necessary for the expansion last week when it approved a state General Fund budget for the fiscal year starting October 1st.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Some key legislators say they may pass a resolution later this week to have the Retirement Systems of Alabama do a detailed financial study of the prepaid college tuition plan. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Roger Bedford of Russellville says that will provide needed information on how big the problems are. State Treasurer Kay Ivey says that's not enough. Ivey is the leader of the board that oversees the plan. She says the tuition plan needs an infusion of cash.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's counties with the worst unemployment were left out of the first highway projects funded by the federal stimulus money in the state. The Alabama Department of Transportation on April 10 let bids for projects funded by stimulus money in 10 Alabama counties. There were no projects on the list for Wilcox County. The unemployment rate in Wilcos is highest in the state at 22.5 percent. Dallas and Chambers counties each have 18.1 percent unemployment
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Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police are looking for a suspect in the city's 13th murder. The search continues for 20 year old Courtney Givan of Sandy Ridge Curve.
Govan is wanted in connection with the murder of 22 year old Jervarion Wright. Police were called to Bristol Downs apartments off Carmichael Road just after midnight Saturday and found Wright had been shot once in his chest.
Police are not releasing a motive,but they say that it does NOT appear that this was a random shooting.
Jacksonville, Florida – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The states of Florida and Alabama are meeting Georgia in federal court in Jacksonville over the allocation of water from Lake Lanier, which is the city of Atlanta's water supply. U.S. District Judge Paul Manguson will hear arguments Monday from the three states over the legality of the water supply allocations from Lake Lanier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Florida and Alabama are both downstream from Lake Lanier and would like to see the amount of water released from the