Wetumpka, Alabama – Wetumpka's Mayor has put his assistant, Linda Lewis, back on the job. This after the Wetumpka City Council decided two weeks ago to move towards termination for alleged abusive language used in a conversation with a former city employee and Wetumpka resident.
Lewis filed suit saying she was improperly targeted for termination by the council. Mayor Jerry Willis says he conducted an investigation among City Hall employees who said they saw nothing improper committed during the alleged interaction between Lewis and the former city employee.
Tuskegee, Alabama – A special event will be held in Tuskegee next week offering discussion on such topics as renewable energy, weatherization, and all of the components of the popular concept of "going green".
The Tuskegee Volunteer Power Corporation will hold its 2009 Agricultural and Energy Summit on April 22 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Washington Chapel AME Church in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Montgomery, Alabama – Four area high school students are receiving a high honor; the Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School, or LAMP, has students who are among 16 students in the state to earn National Achievement Scholarships.
Those honors go to 17 year old Ahmad Jackson, 17 year old George Okeowo, 17 year old Jenae Steele and 18 year old Anthony Todd.
The recognitions are doubly sweet for the school because LAMP is the only high school in Alabama to have multiple students earn National Achievement Scholarships.
Dothan, Alabama – (AP) - Police in Dothan are searching for a serial rapist. Police Chief John Powell says DNA evidence returned last week from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences shows a match in DNA collected from three rapes in Dothan over the past 18 months. There have been no arrests. Police Capt. Steve Parrish says the most recent rape for which the suspect has been matched occurred in May 2008. The victims in all three cases did not appear to know their attacker.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gasoline prices across Alabama jumped 14 cents in the past four weeks, but remain well below last year's prices. A survey by AAA Alabama Monday showed the average statewide price for regular was $1.95 a gallon. The national average was $2.05. The auto club said midgrade fuel averaged $2.08 and premium cost $2.14 a gallon. A survey of metro prices finds Huntsville with the highest price for regular at $1.96. The lowest average was found in Birmingham at
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Another strong storm system is pushing its way across Alabama leaving a trail of sporadic damage, including fallen trees, roof damage and some downed power lines across parts of Alabama. A tornado watch is in effect until 10 a.m. Monday for counties in southwest and southeast Alabama. Flash flood warnings have also been posted for the region. The storms have produced heavy rain, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, hail and powerful wind gusts.
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police make a big find during a routine traffic stop. Police stopped the driver of a tractor trailer recently for driving 62 miles per hour in a 50 miles per hour zone on Interstate 85 recently.
Police dogs sniffed out a suspicious package that contained $345,915. Police questioned the driver about the money; but he claimed he did not know how it got there.
Police released the driver but kept the money. Police say that at some point the money must have been in contact with illegal drugs, and that's why the K-9 Unit found it.
Montgomery, Alabama – MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Officials at Mobile-based International Shipholding Corp. are monitoring the piracy incident off the coast of Somalia closely. The vessel is owned by Maersk USA and leased to International Shipholding, under what is known as a bareboat charter. The firm says it has had such relationships with Maersk for the past three to five years. Pirates took Capt. Richard Phillips as a hostage after an attack on the M/V Maersk Alabama on Wednesday. A standoff continues.