Governor Robert Bentley is heading to Europe this weekend to sell Alabama to business executives overseas. Specifically, the Governor will fly to Paris, France, Friday. He and a delegation will attend the annual Paris Air Show. Bentley said will focus on recruiting suppliers for the new Airbus manufacturing plant in Mobile. Governor Bentley is scheduled to return to the state next Wednesday.
Failing List Delayed
The Alabama Board of Education has delayed releasing a list of schools that are failing under language included in the Alabama Accountability Act. School board officials said the announcement by schools Superintendent Tommy Bice has been scheduled for today and is now rescheduled for next Tuesday at the Gordon Persons Building. Education officials said the release is being delayed due to legal issues related to the Accountability Act.
Truck Driver Killed
State Troopers say a truck driver from Georgia was killed and three others were injured Wednesday morning in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 85 in Macon County. Troopers said 31-year-old Seven Fox of Madison, Georgia died when the tractor trailer he was driving struck another 18-wheeler. Two other vehicles also were hit in the chain-reaction crash. The southbound lanes of I-85 near the Shorter Exit were shut down for several hours Wednesday and traffic was rerouted onto U.S. 80.
Tax Fraud Indictment
A federal grand jury in Montgomery has returned another indictment involving stolen identities and tax fraud. The U.S. Attorney's office said 24-year-old Christopher Cordelle Davis of Montgomery is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, five counts of wire fraud and five counts of aggravated identity theft. The indictment alleges that Davis stole more than 600 names from a medical facility in Alabama and prepaid debit cards in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The feds said the names were provided to Jerome Blackmon. He was convicted and is currently serving 51 months in prison. No trial date was announced for Davis.
Surgeon General Resigning
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says she plans to step down next month after four years as "America's doctor." In an email Wednesday, the Alabama native said she will remain involved in public health. Benjamin is widely respected for founding a rural health clinic in southwest Alabama, which she kept going although it was wiped out three times by fire and hurricanes.