Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's two Republican U.S. senators voted against approving Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court. Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby were on the losing side of the Senate's 68-31 vote Thursday in Washington. Shelby says he voted against Sotomayor because of concerns about her willingness to properly and dutifully uphold fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. Sessions says that until Sotomayor was nominated for the Supreme
Montgomery,Alabama – Governor Bob Riley says he will make a decision by the end of the week on whether to call a special session addressing Jefferson County's financial crisis.
Members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation say they have legislation that would re-enact an occupational tax and change that county's management.
Jefferson County has placed 1,000 of its employees on unpaid leave. A judge declared a previous occupational tax constitutional - that measure had generated $75 MILLION dollars annually for Jefferson county.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) A Democratic candidate for governor, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, wants to raise Alabama's school dropout age from 17 to 18.
That's one of several proposals in Davis' plan to reduce the school dropout rate. Davis says he will unveil details of the plan at a news conference Tuesday in Montgomery.
Davis' plan calls for after-school programs to help students at risk of dropping out of school. The candidate is also calling for the revocation of the driver's license of any student who drops out of school for non-medical reasons.
POINT CLEAR, Ala. – (AP) _ Eight candidates for governor of Alabama have gotten together for an early candidates forum with the election more than 15 months away and showed some areas of common agreement. They also showed common disagreement with federal government efforts to reform health care. The Business Council of Alabama played host to the weekend forum at Marriott's Grand Hotel. Participants gave opening and closing statement and answered a wide range of questions.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) - A longtime Alabama lobbyist has pleaded guilty to paying thousands of dollars in bribes to Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford. Al LaPierre admitted being the middleman Thursday in a conspiracy to route money to Langford from Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount. Blount's firm received millions of dollars in work from the Jefferson County Commission while Langford was a member. Langford is accused of accepting more than $230,000 in bribes in exchange for funneling business to Blount's company. Langford and
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - U.S. Rep. Artur Davis of Birmingham says he can't support the health care bill pending in the House unless significant changes are made. Davis voted for a portion of the bill in the House Ways and Means Committee on July 17. He said Thursday the bill has become an incentive for small businesses to hire fewer workers because the mandates are based on the size of a company's payroll. He calls the bill hypocritical because it does not require congressional campaign committees to insure their employees.