Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen has told legislators state prisons are extremely overcrowded and understaffed. Allen said Thursday if his budget is cut in the coming fiscal year because of the recession, the situation will become more critical. Gov. Bob Riley has ordered most state agencies to cut their budgets by 10 percent for the current fiscal year. But Riley said he didn't impose that on corrections because of its problems.
Montgomery, Alabama – A Montgomery Police officer is hospitalized, at last report in serious condition, following a traffic accident Thursday night.
Police say the unidentified officer was struck when a driver in a late model Pontiac made a left turn without yielding,striking the police officer's cruiser and forcing it to collide with a utility pole.
The accident occurred on Virginia Loop at the Troy Highway. The injured officer's name has not been released.
Montgomery, Alabama – The National Weather Service has issued a "hard freeze" warning for the state today as extremely cold weather moves into the state. National Weather Service Forecaster Jason Wright in Birmingham says we will notice the change in the weather beginning Thursday night. Temperatures are expected to dip down to 15 degrees. The system will linger through the weekend. Wright says Montgomery hasn't seen such cold weather since January 2008.
January 13,2009 – As state lawmakers prepare to hold legislative budget hearings beginning today, the Legislative Fiscal Office says the budget out-look for next fiscal year is worse than this year's fiscal spending outlook.
It appears lawmakers will need to trim the Education budget by $360 million because of declining tax revenue. The next fiscal year will also see cuts of $341 million.
It would total more than $700 million being cut from the Education budget within two years.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabamians who have received unemployment compensation benefits during the past year can now visit the Web site of the state Department of Industrial Relations to get the documentation needed for filing federal income tax returns. State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said the Web site (http://www.dir.alabama.gov) should provide more convenient access and make filing a tax return a little easier. The tax forms are password protected and must be accessed with a
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A seven-term member of the Alabama Senate, W.H. "Pat" Lindsey of Butler, has died. He was 72. Lindsey was found dead in his bed Sunday morning while on a hunting trip in Boligee in west Alabama. State Sen. Roger Bedford and Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr., who were also on the trip, said Lindsey was found in his bed when the others started preparing to leave from a home of friends who had invited them hunting. Folsom said Lindsey was in good spirits the previous evening and
January 9,2009 – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama first lady Cornelia Wallace has died in Sebring, Fla. She was 69. Wallace's cousin, Melissa Boyen, said the former first lady, who died Thursday, had been suffering from cancer. Cornelia Wallace was the niece of former Gov. James E. "Big Jim" Folsom. She married George Wallace in 1971, shortly before his second term as governor, and they divorced in 1978. She threw herself over her husband when he was shot while campaigning for president in Laurel, Md., in 1972.