Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State government may use employee furloughs to cope with budget cuts. The State Personnel Board has scheduled a public hearing March 11 to discuss implementing a furlough plan. If approved, it would allow a state employee to be furloughed up to two days per month without pay. But the employee would keep health insurance and other benefits. State Personnel Director Jackie Graham says furloughs could be an option for department heads trying to avoid layoffs. She says
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Associated Press survey of Alabama legislators finds strong support for removing the state sales tax on groceries, but sharp division over how to do it. The House Democratic Caucus has made removal of the grocery tax a priority for the legislative session beginning Feb. 3. An AP survey found that 63 percent of House members responding and 70 percent of senators responding favored one of two plans to eliminate the 4 percent grocery tax. The rest of the Legislature
Sweetwater, Tennessee – SWEETWATER, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee candy company is recalling 1,400 pounds of candy as a part of a national salmonella outbreak involving peanut butter. Blanton's Candies of Sweetwater announced Wednesday the recall of Blanton's Peanut Butter Sticks that were distributed in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. The sticks are packaged in 8-ounce cellophane bags. The company said they are recalling the candy because the peanut
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal court jury in Birmingham has convicted state Sen. E.B. McClain and Jefferson County minister Samuel Pettagrue on all charges in a corruption case. The jury returned the guilty verdict on all 48 counts late this afternoon. McClain is a six-term legislator, but he will forfeit his office because of the conviction. The governor will have to schedule a special election to fill it. Prosecutors said Pettagrue accepted nearly $760,000 in state
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Testimony has concluded in the federal corruption trial of state Sen. E.B. McClain of Birmingham and a minister. McClain's defense rested Tuesday without calling any witnesses. Earlier, the wife of the lawmaker's co-defendant, the Rev. Samuel Pettagrue, testified that her husband always wanted to help the community with outreach programs. Prosecutors say Pettagrue accepted about $760,000 in state grant money obtained by McClain and then gave the lawmaker more than
Montgomery, Alabama – Two more candidates have announced plans to run for Mayor of Montgomery.
Mayoral Assistant, Michael Briddell, announced plans Monday to seek the job held by his former supervisor, Bobby Bright.
Montgomery Police officer Jay King announced his campaign for the position.
So far, Montgomery County Commission Chairman Todd Strange is the only candidate who has filed qualifying papers with the Montgomery Election Center. January 27th is the last day to qualify to run for mayor of Montgomery.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen has told legislators state prisons are extremely overcrowded and understaffed. Allen said Thursday if his budget is cut in the coming fiscal year because of the recession, the situation will become more critical. Gov. Bob Riley has ordered most state agencies to cut their budgets by 10 percent for the current fiscal year. But Riley said he didn't impose that on corrections because of its problems.