Government Shutdown Looming

Sep 24, 2015

Millions of people dependent on food stamp payments could see their benefits disappear in the event of a government shutdown.  Lawmakers are attempting to pass a temporary funding measure, but it's been bogged down over a Planned Parenthood provision.  Police Analyst for Alabama Arise Carol Gundlach doesn't believe many state residents are aware of the potential cutoff.  She says more 880,000 Alabamians receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments.  About 60 percent of SNAP recipients are children.  

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High School Janitor Accused of Rape

Sep 23, 2015

A high school janitor in Alabama has been arrested on a rape charge after an official says he had sex with a 15-year-old student and got her pregnant.  Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says 31-year-old Victor Milhouse has been charged with second-degree rape and a school employee engaging in sex with a student under the age of 19 years old.  Milhouse was arrested Tuesday.  Milhouse worked at Southside High School, and had been an employee with the school system for three years.  Milhouse is being held in the Dallas County Jail without bond.

Selma Church Shooting Victims Recovering

Sep 21, 2015

The pastor and member of the congregation that wrestled a gun away from a man police say opened fired in an Alabama church are being praised as heroes.  Selma police Lt. Curtis Muhannad says 26-year-old James Junior Minter is being held without bond in the shooting of his girlfriend, his infant son and the church pastor, Earl Carswell, who tried to intervene Sunday morning.  Minter was arrested shortly after he opened fire during a church services at Oasis Tabernacle Church in Selma.

Lawmakers Consider Cigarette Tax Hike

Sep 10, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley says the House is off to a good start on closing a $200 million projected budget shortfall after a key House committee approved a 24 cents cigarette take hike proposal.  The full House is considering that and other revenue measures that cleared a House Ways and Means committee.  

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Lawmakers Debate Cigarette Tax Increase

Sep 9, 2015

The Alabama House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday will debate a 25 cent per pack cigarette tax increase and other revenue bills.  Legislators have been at a stalemate for months over a projected $200 million dollar shortfall in the General fund budget but are now working to address the problems.  Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said everyone understands that a budget must be approved.  

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Alabama Legislature's Third Attempt

Sep 8, 2015

Alabama lawmakers are back in Montgomery for their third attempt at approving a General Fund  budget.  The special session just getting underway at the Alabama Statehouse.  Legislators have so far been unable to agree on how to handle a projected funding shortfall of at least $200 million.  The lack of agreement means state agencies are without a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1st.  

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Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Case

Sep 4, 2015

Federal prosecutors in Montgomery say a tenth person has been sentenced for her role in a massive identity theft and tax fraud case.  At a hearing Ladonna Conley of Phenix City was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for participating in a scheme that tole the identities of more than 1,000 individuals, including 99 soldiers stationed at Fort Benning, some of whom were serving in Afghanistan.  The U.S. Attorney's office said nine other defendants are already serving federal prison terms or were placed on probation.  

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Revenue Building Ideas Focus of Special Session

Sep 3, 2015

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is giving an open-ended call for next week's special session, saying lawmakers can address any measure that would provide revenue to the General Fund budget.  Bentley said lawmakers may also consider "any other measures" to provide money to the General Fund budget or boost state infrastructure.  Lawmakers have so far been unable to agree on how to handle a $200 million budget shortfall.  The special session begins Tuesday.  

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Governor Says Divorce is a Private Matter

Sep 2, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley says his divorce is a private matter and thanked people for their prayers in what he described as a "difficult time."  The governor made his first public appearance Wednesday since First Lady Dianne Bentley filed papers last week to end their 50-year marriage.  Bentley declined to comment further about the couple's split after speaking to reporters following his speech to an economic development group.  Bentley says it's a "private matter that we're working through."  A judge on Monday sealed the divorce file from public view.  

Special Session Begins September 8th

Sep 1, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley is calling a special session next week to try once again to pass a state budget.  The governor announced he is bringing lawmakers back to Montgomery on September 8th.  The regular session and a first special session ended in a deadlock over proposed solutions to a projected general fund budget shortfall.  Bentley has proposed raising $300 million in new taxes to resolve the budget rather than make cuts to state agencies.  

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