Alabama's utility regulators are supporting coal and opposing federal efforts to limit fossil fuel emissions. Alabama Public Service commissioners Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden and commissioner-elect Chip Beeker spoke at a news conference Monday ahead of hearing on new federal rules to limit coal. They say the changes could cost jobs and result in higher utility bills. The Environmental Protection Agency holds a hearing on the federal plan Tuesday in Atlanta.
Robbery Suspect Arrested
A 24-year-old Montgomery man is facing kidnapping and robbery charges in connection with an incident that occurred over the weekend. Police said 24-year-old Alijua Scarver is accused of abducting an adult male who owned him money. The alleged kidnapping took place on Saturday when the victim was taken to a local bank at gunpoint and forced to withdraw money from an account. Montgomery Police said the victim was able to pass a note to the teller indicating he was being held at gunpoint. The victim was released unharmed. Scarver was arrested on Sunday.
Authorities say a newborn boy who was injured in a car crash in Monroe County over the weekend has died. Alabama Department of Public Safety Sgt. Steve Jarrett says 12-day old Easton Mixon was injured when the car he was riding in collided with an SUV on Alabama Highway 136 at Campground Road. Jarrett says Mixon was taken to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile and died early Monday morning. Jarrett says the crash is under investigation.
Governor Robert Bentley has moved to fill the vacancy on the Alabama State University Board of Trustees created by the resignation of Chairman Elton Dean. The governor has appointed Pike Road resident Pam Ware to the Trustees. Ware currently works for the Business Council of Alabama as the Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs.