Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public health urges Alabamians to use caution in flood waters because it may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems. In a press release, the department warned that flooding from Thursday's torrential rainfall across the state may result in contaminants being washed into streams, creeks and rivers. Those with open cuts or sores are advised to keep them as clean by washing well with soap to control infection.
Enterprise, Alabama – (AP) - Three people are being held by Enterprise Police after officers were informed that 45 pounds of marijuana was being delivered to a U.S. Postal facility Authorities said the drug bust occurred May 1. Enterprise police said they arrested 27-year-old Beatrice Adams, 21-year-old Eduardo Cruz and 32-year-old Dilan Limon. Each were charged with felony trafficking marijuana. Police carried out the arrests after getting a tip from U.S. Postal officials.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Another strong storm system is expected to push its way into Alabama. National Weather Service forecasters say hazardous weather is likely across central and southern counties Thursday. The storms may produce heavy rain, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, hail and strong wind gusts. Meantime, Alabama Power Company said it has opened spillway gates at six Coosa River dams - Weiss, Logan, Martin, Lay, Mitchell and Jordan lakes. Another gate at Neely Henry lake will be opened later Thursday.
Auburn,Alabama – AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - An Auburn city councilman has apologized for removing miniature confederate battle flags from the graves of confederate soldiers. Arthur Dowdell, who represents Ward 1, read the statement at Tuesday night's city council meeting. The apology was made to members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Dowdell was criticized for removing the flags at Pine Hill Cemetery on April 23rd.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A bill to raise the age when students in Alabama can drop out of school from 16 to 17 has neared final passage in the Alabama Legislature. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur passed the House 91-3 Tuesday night. The bill was amended in the House to include language that would require 17-year-olds to get parental permission to drop out. The bill returns to the Senate because of changes by the House. Some House members expressed concern it would cost the state
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Four new probable cases of swine flu have been found in Alabama children, bringing the state's total of suspected and confirmed cases to 18. Four people have been confirmed to have the virus in the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that the most recent cases were found in three Madison County children and one child in Shelby County. Cases have also been detected in Montgomery, Jefferson and Pike counties.
Mobile, Alabama – CALVERT, Ala. (AP) - Store owners near the ThyssenKrupp steel mill site in north Mobile County say they've lost thousands of dollars in a bad-check scheme. A sign that says 'No ID: No $" now hangs above the check cashing counter at the BP station in Calvert. It went up after more than $10,000 worth of bad checks were cashed in one day. Owner David Boshell says his business had a considerable amount of counterfeit checks to bounce. Down the road, at the Shell station more than $8,000 worth of