Central Alabama is already several inches above average rainfall for the year with the barrage of storm systems sweeping across the state in recent weeks. All of the rain can be both good and bad for farmers. Regional Extension Agent Christy Hicks said farmers growing wheat have had some complications. Hicks says the corn crop isn't planted until early March, so young plants weren't affected. The surplus of rainfall allows farmers to refill irrigation ponds to use during warmer months.
The commission working on rewriting parts of Alabama's 112-year-old Constitution may soon become more diverse. Alabama's Constitutional Revision Commission has 16 members and only one is an African-American though the Senate leadership now wants to add two more members to the panel who would make it more diverse.
Life in Prison
A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2005 rape and murder of a 53-year-old woman. Clifford Wynn of Selma was given two consecutive life sentences in Autauga County Circuit Court on Monday, that after he disrupted sentencing by making an obscene gesture at the judge.
Dallas County School Bus Crash
Authorities say four children suffered minor injuries when a school bus and a truck collided in Dallas County. The accident happened Monday morning on Dallas County 44 at U.S. Highway 80. Four students and the bus driver were taken to Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma. Alabama state troopers are investigating the crash.