Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - Alabama legislators are set to debate proposed legislation that would remove the state's four percent sales tax from the purchase of groceries. The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Knight of Montgomery is the first item scheduled for debate on the work agenda in the House for Tuesday. The bill is supported by Democrats in the House, the black caucus and advocacy groups for low income residents. The bill would replace the lost income by removing the current deduction for federal income taxes paid from some taxpayers.
Gulf Shores, Alabama – GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Gulf Shores have been told that government auditors want the city to return nearly $9.8 million used for cleanup after Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has scrutinized city records for more than a year. On Thursday, Gulf Shores received official notice that the government's auditors have recommended that the Federal Emergency Management Agency seek repayment of $9.73 million paid to the city
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Several groups that hold bingo games to raise money for their charitable causes aren't happy about a proposed state law that would limit electronic bingo. The law would limit electronic bingo to 10 electronic bingo halls in seven Alabama counties.
Montgomery, Alabama – GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - A Baldwin County School Board vote is expected soon on closing two schools - Vaughn Elementary and the Alternative School. A vote could come Thursday. The move is to help ease the blow of state-mandated budget cuts that are costing the local systems millions of dollars. Closing the schools is expected to save the board close to $2.5 million next year, according to school board documents. Vaughn Elementary in Stockton cost the board $1.2 million to
Samson, Alabama – (AP) - Hundreds of people filled a church in Samson for a memorial service for four of the 10 people who were slain during a shooting rampage in south Alabama last week. The victims remembered Tuesday were all relatives of the alleged gunman, Michael McLendon. Pastors urged mourners to make Samson a town known for love rather than the violence that claimed so many lives. A long funeral procession headed by emergency vehicles led four hearses through town after the memorial.
Ozark,Alabama – (AP) - Authorities in Ozark said an infant drowned in a bathtub. Dale County Cororner Woody Hilboldt says 10-month-old Marie Otero went under early Tuesday at her home on Campground Road. Police said the baby was taken to Dale Medical Center where hospital personnel spent about an hour trying to revive her with CPR. Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said the infant's death was ruled an accident. The incident remains under investigation.
Knoxville,Tennessee – (AP) - A new report says 13 Appalachian states could create thousands of jobs and save billions of dollars in energy costs if they aggressively pursued a strategy of energy efficiency. That's according to a report for the Appalachian Regional Commission being released Wednesday. The report prepared by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance says that if left unchecked, energy consumption in Appalachia will rise 28 percent by 2030 - far outpacing the nation as a whole and requiring as many as 40 new coal-fired power plants.
Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - An Etowah County circuit judge has dismissed the lawsuit former Alabama A&M University President Robert R. Jennings filed against the board of trustees over his firing. Circuit Judge Anthony Clark Hall, appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to preside over the case, granted a request by the board's attorney to dismiss the suit. The board said it is immune from such suits. Hall's decision was dated March 7.