Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Another strong storm system is expected to push its way into Alabama. National Weather Service forecasters say hazardous weather is likely across central and southern counties Thursday. The storms may produce heavy rain, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, hail and strong wind gusts. Meantime, Alabama Power Company said it has opened spillway gates at six Coosa River dams - Weiss, Logan, Martin, Lay, Mitchell and Jordan lakes. Another gate at Neely Henry lake will be opened later Thursday.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Four new probable cases of swine flu have been found in Alabama children, bringing the state's total of suspected and confirmed cases to 18. Four people have been confirmed to have the virus in the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that the most recent cases were found in three Madison County children and one child in Shelby County. Cases have also been detected in Montgomery, Jefferson and Pike counties.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Democrats in the Alabama House are expected to attempt for the fourth time this session to bring up for debate a bill to remove the state's 4 percent sales tax from groceries. The proposed constitutional amendment is the first item on the work agenda in the House Tuesday. Republican leaders oppose the bill because it would raise income taxes on some wealthy taxpayers.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Three additional cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Alabama, bringing the total number of people affected by the virus to four. State Health Officer Don Williamson said Monday a 10th probable case has been seen in a Troy University student who is in her 20s. He said the student is recovering at home. The latest case means the virus is now confirmed or probable in four Alabama counties: Pike, Montgomery, Jefferson and Madison. Jim McVay, who directs the state's Bureau of Health Promotion
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A Montgomery County judge has refused to order school officials in Elmore County to allow two students to do their school work from home for the remainder of the school year because of the swine flu scare. Circuit Judge Charles Price said Monday that he did not have the authority to order school officials to allow the 7 and 8-year-old sons of Montgomery attorney Jerry Blevins to do their work from home. Price said Blevins and his wife, Carol, could withdraw their
Washington, D. C. – (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it has found at least 20 Web sites that may be fraudulently marketing products with claims they guard against or cure swine flu. The FDA on Monday publicly rebuked one such site - rebuildermedical.com - for offering a $199 "SilverCure Swine Flu Protection Pack" consisting of shampoo, lotion, conditioner and soap that supposedly deposit traces of silver. The FDA says no silver-based products have been approved for swine flu treatment or prevention.
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A severe thunderstorm has moved into Alabama, bringing a tornado threat to some west-central counties. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning Sunday afternoon for Greene, Hale and Sumter counties in west Alabama and later expanded it to include suburban Birmingham. A funnel cloud was reported to NWS at 1:44 p.m. Sunday near Helena in Shelby County, moving northeast at 35 mph. No immediate damage was reported.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State health officials say a third probable case of swine flu has been reported in Alabama. State Health Officer Don Williamson said Thursday night a Montgomery woman in her 20s had been diagnosed with the probable case of swine flu. Williamson said blood samples from the woman have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta for further testing. Williamson said the woman was treated at a Montgomery hospital