HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - The panel reviewing NASA's future plans for human space flight is convening for a session in Alabama. The Human Space Flight Review Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday in Huntsville at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The session will open with a statement by Robert Lightfoot, acting director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. It will include a review of NASA's Constellation program, the agency's current framework for sending astronauts back
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's Attorney General's office is warning consumers to beware of scam artists claiming to have free government stimulus money for them.
The latest round of scams have been reported in the south east Alabama city of Dothan with some residents being told that they could receive a free -1- THOUSAND dollar food voucher, but to receive it, the person must pay $3.95 cents by credit card or debit card.
The scam artist then steals the person's identity and credit card information.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has slid down a notch on the 2009 Kids Count survey that tracks the well being of children in each state by using a variety of benchmarks. The state is ranked 48th in the study released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report says Alabama has shown improvements in four of 10 indicators: infant mortality, teen birth rate, high school dropout rate and the percent of teens who aren't in school and are not working.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Alabama cities and counties are getting enough federal stimulus money to hire 114 police officers. Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the law enforcement grants for all 50 states Tuesday. The grants will employ more than 1,000 officers nationwide for three years. Huntsville is getting $2.6 million to employ 15 officers. Mobile is receiving nearly $2.5 million for 20 officers. Tuscaloosa is getting more than $2 million for a dozen officers.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – (AP) - The party's over in Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama has fallen off a list of the nation's top party schools. The Princeton Review didn't include the Capstone in its annual ranking of the top U.S. campuses for partying, which goes on sale today. Alabama was ranked 19th on the list last year, and there was a time when it was near the top. Bama ranked No. 2 nationally as a party school in 2000. But the school has tried to put more of a focus on academics,
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State legislators are calling for an investigation and review of personnel practices since learning that a Statehouse employee kept his job for nearly two years after he was questioned about leaving marijuana and drug paraphernalia in one of their offices. Lawmakers also say they want to know why they were not informed of the incident involving maintenance worker Lorenza Hooks for years and wonder if a cover up and more people were involved.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - IndyCar racing is coming to Alabama. Gov. Bob Riley was scheduled to be in the Birmingham area Monday to announce that the Barber Motorsports Park will play host to open-wheel racing starting next year. Reports say the race will be called the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Promoters hope it will attract as many as 100,000 people to the track, located east of downtown Birmingham near Leeds. Indy cars conducted two days of testing at the Barber Motorsports Park earlier this year.
Tuskegee, Alabama – Tuskegee Police have made an arrest in a Wednesday night murder. Officials say they are questioning a suspect, but are not releasing a name. We have learned that the victim in the shooting late Wednesday is 23 year old man, LeAntonio Fields of Tuskegee. Fields was fatally shot following an altercation in the Ridgeview community. Tuskegee police are looking for a second suspect in this murder, but they are not releasing details.
Clanton,Alabama – CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - The Justice Department is suing the owner and two employees of a 72-unit apartment complex in Clanton for allegedly discriminating against blacks when renting apartments. The lawsuit announced claims Kenneth R. "Ken" Scott and Frankie L. Roberson told white individuals posing as renters that a major selling point of Rolling Oaks Apartments was the lack of black tenants and that the apartments had adopted policies intended to discourage blacks from applying. Owner Chandi Biswas is also