Negotiations are continuing between Congress and the White House in a effort to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Governor Robert Bentley said Alabama will take a big financial hit if the nation goes over the cliff in January. Bentley said the federal government should follow the model set by states like Alabama. He said the state has saved $675 million dollars in expenses and is on track to exceed one billion dollars.
MPS Administrative Leave
Seven Montgomery Public School employees have been placed on administrative leave for their involvement in a grade tampering scheme. MPS Superintendent Barbara Thompson said the seven were identified in two separate investigations. Thompson said she will ask state officials to determine the future of the seven employees implicated in the grade changing situation. It was also determined that no classroom teachers were involved.
Federal prosecutors say two Alabama men who they say wanted to wage violent jihad overseas have been arrested on terrorism charges. Authorities say Mohammad Abdul Abukhdair and Randy Wilson are both named in terrorism charges filed Monday in Mobile. Both are 25 years old and from Mobile. Authorities say they men met online in 2010. They are charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists with plans to kill people outside the United States.