The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools. Members of the Alabama Education Association contended the Legislature violated its own rules and the states open meetings law when it passed the Alabama Accountability Act in February. The Supreme Court ruled that Alabama's Constitution does not require the Legislature to meet in public. Two other lawsuits are pending against the Accountability Act.
A mayor in north-central Alabama is facing several sex charges following his arrest. Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson is facing 11 charges. They include four counts of first-degree sexual abuse; four counts of custodial sexual misconduct, two counts of harassment and one count of soliciting a prostitute. Richardson is being held on bonds totaling $250,000.
ASU Record Enrollment
Alabama State University has a record enrollment of more than 6,000 students for the Fall semester. That includes students from 28 nations. It was among several messages conveyed by University President William Harris at Thursday's Fall Convocation.