Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - Officials at Huntsville Hospital say the emergency room has been flooded by people fearing they have contracted swine flu. Dr. Thomas Calvert, who co-directs the hospital's emergency services, said up to 100 more people than normal have come in over a 12-hour period. He said none of the people had the top risk factors for the swine flu, which include travel to Mexico or contact with someone who has been sick for more than seven days.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has started receiving samples of what might be swine flu from doctors around the state who suspect their patients could have the virus. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Charles Woernle (Wurn'-lee) says the department's lab began stocking up on extra supplies Monday in preparation for an onslaught of specimens. He said the labs have received several samples from Baldwin and Pike counties so far.
Birmingham,Alabama – (AP) - Attorney General Troy King reportedly was a featured guest at a Houston County developer's party in January, a few months before King's office issued an advisory opinion clearing the way for the developer to get a gambling permit. The Birmingham News reports that the opinion advised Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes that he had no choice but to issue a bingo permit once certain conditions were met. That boosted the prospects of Ronnie Gilley's proposed Country Crossing development.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has let the Alabama Legislature's unemployment compensation resolution take effect without his signature. The Legislature passed a resolution saying Alabama wants all unemployment compensation money available from the stimulus package. That includes about $100 million that would require a change in state law to make about 20,000 more unemployed people eligible for benefits.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A debate in the Alabama House is resuming debate on a $2.5 billion General Fund budget after stalling earlier in the week. They budget would be used to fund non-education services such as prisons, state troopers and Medicaid. Consideration of the budget stalled Tuesday when Democratic leaders in the House and Republican Gov. Bob Riley could not agree on how much money to put in an emergency fund to be spent at the discretion of the governor.