Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Another group of Alabama Army National Guard personnel are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. According to Army Sgt. Katrina Timmons, a Guard spokeswoman, a 16 member team will deploy in June and serve about 9 months overseas. Timmons said the unit will train Afghan soldiers and police officers. Another team of Alabama-based soldiers are in Afghanistan performing a similar mission. Timmons said the unit could return to the state sometime in the next two months.
Montgomery, Alabama – President Barack Obama is receiving one of the first pieces of legislation for his consideration from Congress today, and it has an Alabama connection.
The wage discrimination bill is based on a case involving Lilly Ledbetter, an employee with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Gadsden who, after 19 years, discovered that a male counterpart earned more than she for the same work.
Tokyo,Japan – TOKYO (AP) - Honda Motor Co. says it's cutting production in Japan and North America by an additional 50,000 vehicles amid a severe slump in global sales. Japan's No. 2 automaker says output in North America will fall by 29,000 units, affecting Honda's three plants in the region -- Lincoln, Alabama; Ontario, Canada; and Marysville/East Liberty, Ohio. Due to the production cuts, Honda's overall output in North America will drop by 12 percent to 1.26 million units in the current fiscal year ending March 31.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators expect to make deep cuts in education spending for the next school year, but an Associated Press survey of lawmakers found sharp differences between the House and Senate about how to do it. In the House, 41 percent of those surveyed favor cutting K-12 schools less than two-year colleges and four-year universities. Only 13 percent of the Senate felt that way. In the Senate, 50 percent of those surveyed supported reducing
Montgomery, Alabama – The Montgomery Police Officer injured in a traffic accident almost two weeks ago has died. Officer Joshua Patrick Broadway died Sunday afternoon.
The 21 year old Broadway had served as a Montgomery police officer for just two years. On January 15th, Broadway was on patrol traveling South on the Troy Highway when a northbound vehicle took a sudden left toward Virginia Loop Road striking Broadway's police cruiser and wrapping it around a utility pole.
The driver of the other vehicle was not identified and was not injured.
Washington, D.C. – WASHINGTON (AP) - Ticket holders who never made it to Barack Obama's inauguration are going to get a few commemorative items. Thousands of ticket holders were kept waiting in a tunnel below the National Mall on Tuesday and never made it to the ceremony. Others said access to the Capitol grounds was cut off. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said that those with blue, silver and purple tickets who didn't make it will receive copies of the swearing-in invitation and program,
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State government may use employee furloughs to cope with budget cuts. The State Personnel Board has scheduled a public hearing March 11 to discuss implementing a furlough plan. If approved, it would allow a state employee to be furloughed up to two days per month without pay. But the employee would keep health insurance and other benefits. State Personnel Director Jackie Graham says furloughs could be an option for department heads trying to avoid layoffs. She says
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Associated Press survey of Alabama legislators finds strong support for removing the state sales tax on groceries, but sharp division over how to do it. The House Democratic Caucus has made removal of the grocery tax a priority for the legislative session beginning Feb. 3. An AP survey found that 63 percent of House members responding and 70 percent of senators responding favored one of two plans to eliminate the 4 percent grocery tax. The rest of the Legislature