Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The president pro tem of the Alabama Senate, Democrat Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham, says he won't run for Congress next year. Smitherman had considered the 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat Artur Davis of Birmingham. But he announced Thursday in Montgomery that he needs to focus on his state duties during difficult economic times. Smitherman said the challenges facing the state are monumental, and he accepted the position of Senate president pro tem in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama – (AP) - The University of Alabama might have to pay more than $80 million to purchase the 188-acre Bryce Hospital property for any future expansion of its campus. Former state Mental Health Commissioner Kathy Sawyer is conducting a study that has found the cost of relocating Bryce's 300 or so residents in Tuscaloosa County and duplicating the hospital's services would be in the mid-$80 million range. An appraisal valued the property at $43 million three years ago.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day: COMMITTEES -House Government Appropriations Committee approved a General Fund budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Goes to House. -House Government Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would allow the Legislative Building Authority to use land and arrange financing to build legislative chambers and offices at the rear of the Capitol in downtown Montgomery. Goes to House.
Atmore, Alabama – (AP) - Convicted killer Jimmy Lee Dill faces lethal injection at Holman prison as attorneys await a decision from the Alabama Supreme Court on his bid for a stay of execution. The 49-year-old Dill is scheduled for lethal injection at 6 p.m. tonight. The Birmingham man has been on death row nearly 20 years. He has been moved to a special cell next to the execution room and visited his two brothers and other family members. Prosecutors say he has exhausted appeals of his May 24, 1989,
Montgomery, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Thousands of Alabama Power customers statewide remain without electricity after storms downed trees and powerlines. Alabama Power spokeswoman Keisa Sharpe said crews hope to restore service by Tuesday night to most of the 61,686 customers who were without power. A total of 33,300 customers were in Birmingham area. Sharpe said several Birmingham area residents might be without power until Wednesday evening. A total of 22,290 customers were without power in the Tuscaloosa
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service says help is available to the thousands of Alabamians who have waited until the last minute to file a tax return or an extension. The IRS offices in Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile are staying open until 6 p.m. today and tomorrow (Wednesday) to help taxpayers. The IRS says there are also community help sites in 38 counties that offer free tax preparation for people with household incomes of $42,000 or less last year. Taxpayers can call 1-800-906-9887 for locations.