A 22-year-old Enterprise man was struck and killed by a train Sunday afternoon in downtown Montgomery. According to Montgomery Police, Finnian McCarty was struck by a CSX Train on Moulton Street just before 4 p.m. Police said in a statement that the train engineer told investigators that McCarty stood on the railroad tracks and made no effort to move. The train operators were not able to stop before striking McCarty. Authorities determined the incident to be alcohol-related.
The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools. Members of the Alabama Education Association contended the Legislature violated its own rules and the states open meetings law when it passed the Alabama Accountability Act in February. The Supreme Court ruled that Alabama's Constitution does not require the Legislature to meet in public. Two other lawsuits are pending against the Accountability Act.
A state court official said new judicial appointments will have to be made to hear separate gambling cases pending in Macon and Greene Counties. The Montgomery Advertiser reports today that all the qualified judges in Macon County have recused themselves from a case in which the state attorney general wants to have electronic gambling machines and money seized at VictoryLand forfeited to the state. The Alabama Supreme Court ordered Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young to step down from the case. The State Administrative Office of the Courts is responsible for appointing judges to hear th
According to economic data released this week much of Alabama was still in recession last year. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that eight out of 12 metro economies in the state experienced a pullback in gross domestic product. That included Montgomery with a decrease of 0.6 percent. Auburn Montgomery professor and respected economist Dr.
State workers will have to dole out more money to pay for health insurance, starting next year. The Alabama Employees Insurance Board voted to increase co-pays for urgent care, emergency room visits and outpatient surgeries. The board said the increases were necessary to address a $36 million dollar deficit. The increase goes into effect January 1st.
Homicide Detectives have charged a Montgomery man with murder in connection with the Monday night stabbing death of 30-year-old Zamian Land. Montgomery Police said 23-year-old Demetrius McBride is accused of stabbing Land after the two men got into an argument in the 4500 block of Rainbow Road. McBride is being held in the Montgomery County Jail under a $75,000 bond. Land's murder was the city's 39th of 2013.
Montgomery Police say a stabbing victim has died. Officers responded to a residence on Rainbow Road around 8:30 p.m. where they found 30-year-old Zamian Land suffering from a stab wound. He later died at Baptist Medical Center South. MPD said a suspect was detained and charges are pending. Land's death is the city's 39th homicide this year.
State attorneys are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center seeking to block a new state law allowing students to transfer from failing schools. The state attorney general's staff filed papers saying the plaintiffs lacked legal standing and failed to state a valid equal protection claim. The SPLC is challenging the Alabama Accountability Act. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins set a schedule for each side to file briefs, with the last brief due on October 21st.
Four little girls were killed 50 years ago by a dynamite bomb planted at a Birmingham church were remembered Sunday. Hundreds of people filled the 16th Street Baptist Church were the blast took place. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice were among the special guests attending the commemoration.
Alabama Power predicts rates will remain level through 2014. State regulators last month voted to revise its rate stabilization plan for Alabama Power. They say the change will result in annual savings for consumers of $30 to $110 dollars. Alabama Power says the modification won't result in any immediate reduction in customer bills.