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
Montgomery, Alabama – The penalties are being handed down for the two high school basketball teams involved in an on court brawl during Alabama High School Athletic Association play last week.
Montgomery's George Washington Carver High School faces a $2,600.00 fine, and its boys basketball team will NOT be allowed to play in any tournaments next year. The AHSAA said it might lift the tournament ban at a later date depending upon Carver's actions over the next few months.
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Montgomery, Alabama – Two Tuskegee residents are being held int he Macon County Jail on murder charges. Tuskegee Police are charging 34 year old Alvin Piner and 42 year old Catherine Hernendez in the death of 39 year old Derrick Bailey.
Bailey was found semi-conscious along Highway 29 Tuesday night and later died.
Montgomery, Alabama – For the second time in less than two weeks, Montgomery Police are investigating a double murder.
Montgomery Police Major Huey Thornton says the victims, 24 year old Jauan Minor and 27 year old Gerard Burdette, both of Montgomery, were shot in their heads late Tuesday at a residents at 722 Ridgemont Avenue.
A 53 year old man at the scene suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Early Wednesday morning, two other men showed up at the emergency room with non-life threatening gunshot wounds in connection to the shootings on Ridgemont.