All available troopers will be on Alabama's highways and interstates during the upcoming Labor Day Holiday weekend. Authorities plan to crack down on impaired drivers, aggressive driving and seatbelt use. The state will also participate in a national effort to protect the public from unsafe motor-coach operators. The holiday weekend begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends midnight Monday.
The federal government says Alabama should repay almost $90 million in Medicaid funding. A report from the Office of Inspector General says the federal government gave Alabama too much Medicaid bonus money in 2009 and 2010. The report says that's because the state Medicaid agency used improper calculations to compute how many children participated in the program. State Health Officer Don Williamson says the state agency made what he calls an "honest mistake" that resulted in the state's report being off by about 90,000 children. Williamson says the state will hold negotiations to avoid having to repay the entire $88 million.
The Montgomery City-County Library is transferring its reference materials into digital platforms and donating the books to Montgomery Public Schools. The books are worth more than $800,000 dollars. The books range from contemporary literature to Shakespearean criticism.
Montgomery Police have released the name of the man arrested in Tuesday's shooting at Faulkner University. 37-year-old Reginald Brown reportedly came onto the campus and shot his wife, a maintenance worker there, just before noon. The 34-year-old victim's name has not been released. She was recently listed in stable but serious condition. Brown has been charged with attempted murder and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under $516,000 bond.