Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Supreme Court refuses to throw out a lawsuit filed against Governor Bob Riley by the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Committee. The suit was filed back in July because Riley used a line item veto to remove language that the Legislature put into the new General Fund budget that shields some health and social service programs from budget cuts in the face of proration.

Montgomery County commission Chairman Todd Strange is announcing plans to run for Mayor of Montgomery. Strange says he believes he has the business and economic development experience the city needs. Strange is the former president and co-owner of Blount Strange Automotive Group, and he also once served as director of the Alabama Development Office.

Clay County Sheriff's officials say the skeletal remains found in the
Talladega National Forest are those of a Sylacauga man who has been missing. Howard Loyd Byrd died of a gunshot wound. He had been missing for more than three years.

Fire destroyed a former junior high school in Centreville that was nearly a century old. Brent's fire chief says faulty wiring apparently was to blame for the fire that gutted the old Bibb County Junior High School.

A former Alabama Public Television Foundation employee has been accused of stealing $7,500 that had been sent as a donation to the station. Lagina Darice Brown Fulling, also known as Gina D. Brown, was arrested Tuesday evening.

Bankruptcy filings in Alabama rose dramatically during the third quarter as individuals and businesses struggled amid the economic downturn. Court filings analyzed by the American Bankruptcy Institute showed there were slightly more than
8,000 personal and business bankruptcies filed in Alabama for the
three months ending in October.