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Authorities say a high-ranking school official in one of Alabama's largest counties has been indicted on federal charges of child enticement and child pornography. The indictment of Jefferson County Schools' personnel director Brett William Kirkham was announced Friday by federal prosecutors.

Two employees of the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors have been indicted on charges of ethics violations and possession of forged instruments. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says 51-year-old Nancy Saffo and 47-year-old Christy Easterling were arrested earlier in the week. Strange says Saffo and Easterling used their positions to obtain checks and currency for personal gain.

Alabama's Tax Free Weekend Set for Aug. 5-7

Jul 29, 2016

It's almost time for school to start and parents are anticipating the  tax-free weekend in Alabama. Rosemary Elebash, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said Alabama's upcoming sales tax holiday on clothing, computers, and footwear could provide a much-needed lift to many small stores and businesses.  "It's been a lackluster summer for a lot of small businesses," Elebash said.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he did not think a state lottery was the "perfect option" for funding government, but said it was the only one left.  In an opinion piece submitted Wednesday to news outlets, Bentley expanded on his reasons for calling a special session on a state lottery.  The governor said he could not "watch as our most helpless and vulnerable people go without a doctor's care."  Bentley announced he was calling a special session for lawmakers to consider lottery legislation.  The governor announced the special session will begin on August 15th.  

Family and friends say Bob Gambacurta apparently suffered a stroke and collapsed in his kitchen. Gambacurta had been a mainstay on television and radio for decades in the Capital City. He was a reporter for WSFA at one time and also a columnist for the Montgomery Independent. He had also served as press secretary for former Governor Fob James in his career. Gambacurta was 71.

Nursing Home Employees Arrested

Jul 28, 2016

Police have arrested two former employees of an Ozark nursing home who are accused of threatening others at the facility. The Dothan Eagle reports that police arrested 21-year-old Zekiah Dunn on a charge of attempted murder on Tuesday. They also arrested 24-year-old Diamond Brown on a charge of making a terrorist threat in an unrelated incident. Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker says Dunn made threats and attempted to smother an elderly female resident with a pillow. Dunn was booked at the Dale County Jail and held on $50,000 bail.

A woman who worked as an officer at the federal prison in Talladega is herself going to prison.  U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler sentenced 31-year-old Stacie Marie Gardner to one month in prison.  Federal prosecutors say the woman pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe to provide an inmate with a cellphone.  A statement from U.S Attorney Joy Vance of Birmingham says Gardner admitted taking nearly $1,500 in January 2015 in exchange for smuggling the phone to an inmate.  The judge ordered Gardner to forfeit that same amount of money to the government.

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has formally defended the gay marriage memo that put his judicial career in peril, saying he was merely trying to answer questions from probate judges that his fellow justices would not address.  Moore could be removed from office if the state's Court of the Judiciary decides he violated judicial ethics by urging probate judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Clergy Pray for Montgomery Police Officers

Jul 27, 2016

Local clergy leaders held a prayer service for the Montgomery Police Department on Wednesday.  The service was held outside of MPD police headquarters on North Ripley Street and attended by members of the Montgomery police force, other law enforcement officials and community and church members.  In addition to praying for police officers and their families, there were also prayers for all law enforcement officials, businesses and Montgomery-area communities.  Organizers say they held the service to show support for the men and women who protect and serve local communities.

Governor Calls Special Session for State Lottery

Jul 27, 2016

     Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is calling a special legislative session for a state lottery. Bentley's office released a video this morning saying he wants lawmakers to approve legislation that would let voters decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment to allow a lottery. The Republican Bentley says the state has to find a solution to a funding crisis in Medicaid. He says lottery proceeds would go to "essential state services" that aid children, the elderly, the mentally ill and law enforcement. The announcement doesn't include a date for the special session.

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