Alabamians who are able to get into the new health insurance marketplace website aren't finding much choice. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is the only insurance company offering individual plans in most counties. Humana is offering plans in Jefferson, Madison and Shelby counties. United Healthcare is not participating. The Department of Health and Human Services say Alabama has the least choices of any of the 36 states with federally operated exchanges.
A fiery crash last night in Montgomery has left a driver dead. According to police, the crash occurred just after 7 p.m. on Interstate 65 between the Edgemont Avenue Exit and the South Boulevard. Officers said the motorist was killed when the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into several trees, then exploded into flames. The deceased driver's name was unavailable.
By mutual agreement, the Montgomery County School Board and Superintendent Barbara Thompson have decided to go separate ways. Board members voted 5 to 2 to accept the separation agreement at Wednesday at a specially called meeting. Thompson made no statement at the meeting, but her attorney acknowledged her acceptance.
Wind Creek Jobs
A long line of people waited for hours to fill out a job application at the new Wind Creek Casino in Wetumpka. About 1,000 people attended a job fair Wednesday at the Wetumpka Civic Center. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians said they expect to hire more than 500 employees. The multi-story hotel and casino complex is expected to be completed early next year.
Health Care Center
The Department of Veterans Affairs is slated to begin construction of a new health care center in east Montgomery. An article in today's Montgomery Advertiser states the $35 million dollar, 153,000 square foot facility will be built near the intersection of Chantilly Parkway and Ryan Road. The paper said the VA hospital will house a laboratory, a radiology clinic, a dental clinic, a women's health clinic and offer ophthalmology services to veterans. Construction on the new VA hospital is scheduled to start this month.