The owner of the sprawling VictoryLand gaming facility in Shorter has said he wants to reopen by the end of the year. But the state Attorney General is warning that his office will enforce state gambling laws. AG Luther Strange issued the statement Tuesday after an attorney for McGregor said the businessman has applied for a liquor license in anticipation of reopening VictoryLand. No exact date was given. Strange said a ruling last week from a judge in Birmingham made it clear that electronic bingo machines are illegal in all 67 Alabama counties.
Auburn has hired Gus Malzahn, who was the offensive coordinator during the Tiger's 2010 national championship run, but spent last season at Arkansas State in his first college head coaching position. Malzahn replaces Gene Chizik who was fired a day after the Tigers completed a 3-9 season.
Montgomery police say a second male is behind bars charged in the hit and run death of a man on November 18th. 24-year-old Cedric Stokes has been charged with the murder of Oterious Belser. Police said the victim was deliberately run over by a vehicle on Davis Drive, Belser died from his injuries several days later. Also charged in Belser's death was Jeffery Lamarris Howard of Montgomery. He was arrested last month.
Republican opposition lead the U.S. Senate to reject a United Nations Treaty on the rights of the disabled. The treaty is modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act. The majority of Republicans, including Alabama's Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, were not swayed by support for the treaty from party stalwarts, including former Senator Bob Dole, who was disabled during World War II, and Senator John McClain, who suffered disabling injuries in Vietnam. The treaty urges nation to strive to ensure that the disabled enjoy the same rights as their fellow citizens.