Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Access to health care in Alabama during the recession is the focus of a gathering being held in Birmingham. About 300 community leaders, health care providers and consumers are expected for the Health Care Access Conference being held Tuesday at Birmingham-Southern College. The event is meant to highlight what organizers say is a crisis in health care as budget shortfalls cut into spending for programs including Medicaid and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Opening statements are to be given in the trial of the state of Alabama's lawsuit accusing generic drug producer Sandoz Inc. of overpricing. Attorneys for the state and for Sandoz will give the opening statements beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price's courtroom. A jury of eight men and six women was chosen Monday to hear the trial. The jury includes two alternates. Sandoz is one of more than 70 companies the state sued in 2005
Montgomery, Alabama – A group of neighborhood associations in Montgomery is planning their second mayoral forum this evening.
Calling it the "Montgomery Super Tuesday Power Debates" organizers will hold a candidates forum this evening at the Golden Lady Complex at 2530 E. South Boulevard. The event gets underway at 6:30 and is free and open to the public.
The Montgomery mayoral election will be held March 10th.
Montgomery, Alabama – A guilty verdict is handed down by a Montgomery jury in the case of a three year old boy's death.
A jury Monday found 23 year old Sean Howard guilty of reckless murder in the shooting death of 3 year old Sequoyah Jackson. The little boy was hit by a stray bullet while playing in his Regency Park neighborhood last year.
Howard had been charged with capital murder, but the jury returned the reckless murder verdict after deliberating for much of Friday and Monday in the case.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature convenes Tuesday for a recession-driven session with less money to spend. Alabama legislators go into the session expecting to have to cut the education budget for the second year in a row - something no current member of the Legislature has ever had to do. The school budget shrank from $6.7 billion in fiscal 2008 to $6.3 billion this year. But the governor has had to slice it to $6.0 billion due to dwindling tax collections. The Legislature's
Auburn,Alabama – AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Extensive tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta show that three young Auburn girls who died suddenly last year were all struck by the same rare illness. Lee County coroner Bill Harris said 7-year-old Katherine Langford, 10-year-old Kaylee Allison and 7-year-old Brianea Thomas died from Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, in June, August and November, respectively. He said the deaths have been ruled natural and the families did
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham Democratic Sen. Rodger Smitherman has been elected president pro tem of the Alabama Senate. Union Grove Democrat Hinton Mitchem resigned the position Thursday. The president pro tem is the top spot that a senator can hold.
Montgomery,Alabama – Montgomery Police are planning to honor one of its fallen officers this afternoon. Officials will place the name of Joshua P. Broadway on the monument honoring fallen officers located in front of Montgomery Police Headquarters.
Broadway was on duty last month when his Police cruiser was struck by another vehicle. He died almost two weeks later.
Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee has voted to ban text messaging while driving in Alabama. The House Public Safety Committee approved a bill by Rep. Jim McClendon on Thursday without any dissent. That bill drew support from the National Safety Council. It would levy a $25 fine for a first violation. The bill now goes to the House for consideration. The Republican representative from Springville says the bill has a good chance of passing because people see text messaging as a dangerous distraction.