State Senator Roger Bedford says he pushed for passage of the state's new expungement law because of all the stories he was told about people with criminal charges that were eventually dismissed. Individuals were unable to find jobs or get scholarships because of the arrest, even though they were ultimately not convicted. The Democrat from Russellville says eligible residents will have to follow a legal process. The law does not cover felonies in which violence was involved. It goes into effect July 7th.
The accident that claimed the lives of a former Auburn football player and another man may have been alcohol-related. Georgia state police say in a report that alcohol use is suspected in the single-vehicle crash. 23-year-old Phillip Lutzenkirchen, a former Auburn tight end and 23-year-old driver Joseph Davis were killed in the Sunday morning accident. Their SUV overturned on a road near LaGrange. Troopers say 22-year-old Elizabeth Craig of Eatonton, Georgia and 20-year-old Christian Case of Dadeville, Alabama were injured. The Georgia Department of Public Safety report indicates that all four occupants are suspected of alcohol use. Blood tests were carried out on Davis and Lutzenkirchen and those results are pending.
ASU Basketball Travels
The Alabama State University Men's Basketball team is getting ready to compete internationally next month. The team will travel to Nassau, Bahamas beginning August 12th for the 2014 Summer of Thunder Tournament. Head Coach Lewis Jackson says he's expecting fierce competition when the Hornets take on some foreign opponents. The Hornets will return from their international tournament on August 17th.
First Named Storm
Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for Florida's east coast. The storm is centered about 95 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral and is moving slowly to the northwest.