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.
Montgomery, Alabama – A national book store chain is closing the doors of one of its stores in Montgomery. Barnes and Noble is closing its location at the corner of the Eastern Boulevard and the Troy Highway.
Barnes and Nobles cites the declining number of retail stores in the area as part of its decision to close.
Barnes & Noble says it will close the Montgomery store at the end of June.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 22nd meeting day of the regular session: HOUSE -Passed a resolution honoring the memory of victims of the Holocaust in Europe. Goes to Senate. -Debated but did not vote on a $2.5 billion General Fund budget. -Held a moment of silence and passed a resolution mourning the death Birmingham City Council President Pro Tempore Miriam Witherspoon. SENATE
Dothan, Alabama – (AP) - A letter released by investigators shows the man blamed for last month's killing spree in south Alabama wanted people to pay for making him and his mother suffer. In the letter obtained by the Dothan Eagle, 28-year-old Michael McLendon wrote that he fatally shot his mother while she slept because she was sick, perhaps with lung cancer. He wrote that he killed her dogs, too, because she wanted to die with the animals. Authorities say McLendon fatally shot 10 people before killing
Montgomery, Alabama – Two area teachers are among four finalist being recognized for their hard work education area children.
Wetumpka High School's Virginia Vilardi and Yung Thi Bui-Kinser of Booker T. Washington magnet High School are being considered for the title of Alabama Teacher of the Year.
Kinser and Vilardi join representatives from the Hoover City and Calhoun County school systems in the bid for the title. The Alabama Teacher of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony on may 13,2009.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - The National Weather Service confirms at least 14 tornadoes struck across Alabama on Sunday, killing two people in Morgan and Marshall counties. The twisters also killed 90,000 chickens when poultry houses on two Blount County farms were destroyed. The weather service says tornadoes also touched down in Bullock, DeKalb, Hale, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Montgomery, Perry, Russell, St. Clair and Shelby counties. In the Birmingham area, the strongest twister brought 122 mph