Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has promised to challenge in court two gun control bills that were approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee if they become law. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve a ban on semi-automatic weapons and ammunition magazines that carry more than ten rounds. The bill names more than 150 weapons that would be banned. The same committee passed a universal background check bill. Strange said Senate Democrats are using tragedies such as the shooting last year at a Connecticut elementary school to advance a political agenda. Strange said if the bills become law, he will move quickly to challenge them in court.
Officials at Children's of Alabama have announced the hospital has begun performing organ transplants. Before getting approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing, patients who needed heart, liver or kidney transplants were transferred from Children's to UAB Hospital, then back to Children's of Alabama for post-operative treatment. The procedures are being done in the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, a $400 million facility Children's of Alabama opened last summer.
Relatives of a slain Alabama toddler say the girl's killing may have been a sacrificial ritual by her father. Cathy Jackson is an aunt of 20-month-old Maliyah Lindsay. Gadsden police charged the girl's father, 35-year-old Stephon Lindsay, with capital murder in her death. Jackson said the girl's father believes in satanic worship. She said the girl's death may have been killed during a ritual sacrifice. Jackson said the man recently bought long daggers of the Internet. But she called Lindsay a good father. Police haven't revealed a possible motive in the slaying, but have said knives or a sword may have been used in the killing. Lindsay was bailed without bond.