Governor Robert Bentley says he has no immediate plans to expand the state's Medicaid program under the new federal health care law. Bentley made the comments Thursday after he signed legislation to change how doctors and hospitals are paid. Medicaid will move from a fee-for-service program to one offering managed care through several regional organizations. The governor said prescriptions are the next phase of Medicaid that he wants to address. Bentley said he also plans to address nursing homes and dental care after prescriptions.
Operation Good Shepard
Members of the clergy soon will be working alongside Montgomery Police officers to help curb violent crime. The program is called Operation Good Shepard. Local religious leaders gathered at Gateway Park Thursday evening to learn how the anti-crime program would work. Bishop Keith Moore of the flock of Impact Christian Church in Montgomery said he will participate and believes people need encouragement. Police said all participants in the Operation Good Shepard initiative will attend four training sessions, a patrol-ride along and a graduation.
Montgomery Man Arrested
A 31-year old Montgomery man is being held in the Montgomery County Jail charged with shooting a man on Crenshaw Street earlier this week. Montgomery Police said Keku Davis was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree assault in Monday's shooting. Police said the male, whose name was withheld, initially suffered a life threatening injury, but has since improved and is now listed in serious but stable condition.
A Montgomery attorney has announced his candidacy for Montgomery County Circuit Court judge. J.R. Gaines outlines his platform Thursday on the steps of the Montgomery Courthouse. Gaines said he wants to be a judge for all the people. Longtime Circuit Judge Charles Price plans to retire at the end of his term.