Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Its happened again. Two men were shot when they attempted to repossess a vehicle in northeast Birmingham. Birmingham Police said 30-year-old Jason Williamson is recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck. He was listed in serious condition at UAB Hospital. A co-worker, 28-year-old Garron Freeman, was also hit by the bullet. His injury was described as minor and he was treated and released. Police said the shootings occurred Tuesday night. No arrests were made.
Montgomery,Alabama – Montgomery Public Schools officials are beginning the work of moving students and teachers from three local schools after voting to close them because of budget problems.
At the end of the school year, over -700- students from Hayneville Road, Paterson, and Pintala elementary will be moved to neighboring schools. More than 100 employees will be moved to positions that are available in surrounding schools.
Montgomery, Alabama – A bill that would define the term "moral turpitude" has made it through a House committee. The bill would identify more than 70 felonies as crimes, which if committed, would prevent a convicted person from voting.
The bill would also keep a convicted felon from automatically having his or her voting rights restored. The measure is headed to the full Alabama House for consideration.
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's two senators, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, both Republicans, voted against the economic stimulus plan that passed Tuesday in the U.S. Senate.
Shelby, Alabama's senior senator, speaking in Montgomery just prior to the vote is critical of the measure. Shelby said he does not believe the stimulus plan should be the focus of attention; instead, Shelby argues the government should work to correct the nation's banking system.
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.