Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - State Health Officer Don Williamson says two probable cases of swine flu have been reported in students at a Madison County elementary school. Williamson said Wednesday night the cases were reported in two students at Heritage Elementary School in Madison County. Williamson said there was no indication that the children had traveled recently to Mexico.
Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - Officials at Huntsville Hospital say the emergency room has been flooded by people fearing they have contracted swine flu. Dr. Thomas Calvert, who co-directs the hospital's emergency services, said up to 100 more people than normal have come in over a 12-hour period. He said none of the people had the top risk factors for the swine flu, which include travel to Mexico or contact with someone who has been sick for more than seven days.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has started receiving samples of what might be swine flu from doctors around the state who suspect their patients could have the virus. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Charles Woernle (Wurn'-lee) says the department's lab began stocking up on extra supplies Monday in preparation for an onslaught of specimens. He said the labs have received several samples from Baldwin and Pike counties so far.
Birmingham,Alabama – (AP) - Attorney General Troy King reportedly was a featured guest at a Houston County developer's party in January, a few months before King's office issued an advisory opinion clearing the way for the developer to get a gambling permit. The Birmingham News reports that the opinion advised Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes that he had no choice but to issue a bingo permit once certain conditions were met. That boosted the prospects of Ronnie Gilley's proposed Country Crossing development.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has let the Alabama Legislature's unemployment compensation resolution take effect without his signature. The Legislature passed a resolution saying Alabama wants all unemployment compensation money available from the stimulus package. That includes about $100 million that would require a change in state law to make about 20,000 more unemployed people eligible for benefits.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A debate in the Alabama House is resuming debate on a $2.5 billion General Fund budget after stalling earlier in the week. They budget would be used to fund non-education services such as prisons, state troopers and Medicaid. Consideration of the budget stalled Tuesday when Democratic leaders in the House and Republican Gov. Bob Riley could not agree on how much money to put in an emergency fund to be spent at the discretion of the governor.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 22nd meeting day of the regular session: HOUSE -Passed a resolution honoring the memory of victims of the Holocaust in Europe. Goes to Senate. -Debated but did not vote on a $2.5 billion General Fund budget. -Held a moment of silence and passed a resolution mourning the death Birmingham City Council President Pro Tempore Miriam Witherspoon. SENATE
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - The National Weather Service confirms at least 14 tornadoes struck across Alabama on Sunday, killing two people in Morgan and Marshall counties. The twisters also killed 90,000 chickens when poultry houses on two Blount County farms were destroyed. The weather service says tornadoes also touched down in Bullock, DeKalb, Hale, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Montgomery, Perry, Russell, St. Clair and Shelby counties. In the Birmingham area, the strongest twister brought 122 mph