Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - A Birmingham group is calling on state officials to strengthen laws against teachers who have inappropriate relationships with students. The group, called Citizens for Better Schools, held a news conference outside the State Department of Education headquarters in Montgomery on Monday. Executive director Ronald Jackson said the organization was contacted two weeks ago by a mother whose 17-year-old son had an inappropriate relationship with his 38-year-old Advanced Placement history teacher.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Flood advisories remain in effect in parts of Alabama as rivers and creeks continue to swell with runoff from heavy rainfall. National Weather Service meteorologists posted flood warnings Sunday for the Perdido and Styx rivers affecting Baldwin and Escambia counties. Other waterways under a flood warning include the Alabama River affecting Monroe and Wilcox counties; the Conecuh River flowing through Covington and Crenshaw counties; the Tombigbee River affecting Choctaw, Monroe and Clarke counties.
Warrior, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama Marine Police say a Jefferson County man is presumed to have drowned after his canoe capsized in a branch of the Black Warrior River at Warrior. Recovery efforts resumed Monday after the flooded waterway receded to a manageable level. Authorities said 42-year-old Timothy Sigafoose of Trafford and his 7-year-old son were putting a canoe in the water when it overturned Friday night. 19-year-old Derek Creel of Warrior who was called a "good
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Forecasters say a cold front moving into Alabama likely will bring strong storms and the possibility of tornadoes. Forecasters say the main threats Wednesday are heavy rainfall, damaging winds and flooding, but isolated tornadoes are possible. Meteorologists in Mobile say strong southerly winds could generate a high risk of rip currents along area beaches. The system is expected spawn additional storms Thursday through Saturday.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state Senate committee has delayed action for one week on a bill that would tax and regulate electronic bingo gambling in nine Alabama counties. Committee Chairman Bobby Singleton of Greensboro said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery, is working on changes and didn't want the committee to vote Wednesday. Singleton said the committee plans to vote next Wednesday. A similar bill by Rep. Marcel Black of Tuscumbia won approval
Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - Alabama legislators are set to debate proposed legislation that would remove the state's four percent sales tax from the purchase of groceries. The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Knight of Montgomery is the first item scheduled for debate on the work agenda in the House for Tuesday. The bill is supported by Democrats in the House, the black caucus and advocacy groups for low income residents. The bill would replace the lost income by removing the current deduction for federal income taxes paid from some taxpayers.