Birmingham,Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The July chill is setting records for low temperatures across Alabama. The National Weather Service said at least nine cities in central Alabama had their lowest recorded temperatures ever for July 20 on Monday morning. All had overnight lows in the mid- to upper 50s. Pinson got down to 55 degrees, six degrees cooler than the previous low of 61 in 1962. It was just as cool in the Tennessee Valley region, and overnight lows reached the mid-60s as far south as the coast.
Atlanta,Georgia – ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta City Council has cleared the way for a civil and human rights museum to pay $11.5 million left on a loan so the museum can acquire display rights to 10,000 documents belonging to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In the down economy, private fundraising has stalled to pay off the original $32 million loan made in 2006 to buy the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. Under a proposal approved by the council on Monday on a 12-0
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge has ordered a Walker County bingo hall to close immediately after ruling its operation had not complied with county law. Judge Robert Vance issued the order Monday against Helping Hands Charity Bingo following a hearing last week. Vance has been assigned several bingo cases, including Walker County cases and one from Lowndes County. Annette Graveman, an official with Helping Hands, said the hall
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is getting ready for its fourth annual sales tax holiday on Aug. 7-9 The state government is waiving its 4 percent sales tax on back-to-school items purchased between 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7 and midnight Sunday, Aug. 9. The state Revenue Department reports that many cities and counties are also waving their local sales taxes for the weekend. The state's most populous county, Jefferson County, is not participating this year. County officials say the anticipated
Washington, D. C. – WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has vowed to not let her personal views affect how she would rule on cases from the nation's highest court. In an exchange with the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Sotomayor said she believes comments she has made about the value of life's experiences have been misinterpreted by her critics. Sotomayor said flatly to Alabama's Sen. Jeff Sessions: "I do not permit my sympathies, personal views or prejudices influence
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Alabama's prescription drug overpricing lawsuit against California-based Watson Pharmaceuticals. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price said Monday jurors appeared to be hopelessly deadlocked after more than 7 hours of deliberations. He said he expects the case will be tried with a new jury in September. Attorneys for the state claimed Watson cheated the state's
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama and Georgia are scrambling to get tax refunds issued before they have to pay interest on them. Both states have laws requiring them to pay interest to taxpayers who filed by the April 15 deadline but don't get their refunds within 90 days. That deadline is Wednesday. A spokesman for the Georgia Department of Revenue says it appears some interest may have to be paid. But Alabama Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell says his department is rushing to get all refunds issued by Wednesday and avoid interest.