District Attorney Ellen Brooks announced Tuesday that reward money is now available for anyone who can provide information to solve four homicides in Montgomery. Dunio Escoto, Domingo Mendez, Pablo Bartolon and Des'wan Gregory all died in 2011 as a result of gunshot wounds. Brooks believes the cases are unrelated but urges the community to take a stand. Anyone with information on any of these murders are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000.
Some groups will call for rate changes for Alabama Power Co. when the state's utility regulatory board wraps up hearings Wednesday. AARP and Alabama Arise have filed position papers saying the current rate structure is too favorable to the company. Alabama Power says the rate structure is fair and reasonable, and it allows the company to provide a reliable product despite residential demand that is higher than the national average. Commission members could make a decision in September. Any rate change would take effect in December.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association Summer Conference is underway in Montgomery. High School coaches from around the state are in the capital city this week, learning the new rules for high school sports. Nearly 4,000 coaches are estimated to be at the conference. The event is expected to pump up to $2.5 million dollars into the local economy. The conference ends Saturday.
A federal appeals court has rejected a attempt by former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to get a new trial on bribery charges. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand Scrushy's 2006 conviction for arranging $500,000 in donations to former Governor Don Siegelman's lottery campaign in return for Siegelman appointing him to a state hospital regulatory board.