Montgomery, AL (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley released $100 million
from a state rainy day fund Monday to keep education proration at
its current level.
Riley declared proration in December because of sagging state
tax collections. The initial cut was 12.5 percent, but Riley
immediately pulled $221 million out of a rainy day fund to reduce
it to 9 percent. Riley said the extra $100 million Monday will
allow proration to remain at 9 percent.
Alabama still has $116...

Russellville, AL (AP) - A jury has recommended that a
northwest Alabama mother be sentenced to life in prison without
parole for the murder of her 6-year-old son.
Jurors made the recommendation Friday in the case of 30-year-old
Christie Scott. The Franklin County woman was convicted Wednesday
of capital murder in the death of 6-year-old Mason Scott, who was
killed in a house fire last year.
Relatives asked jurors to spare Scott's life. Prosecutors sought

Mobile, Alabama (AP) - All Hurricane Katrina victims in Alabama
have moved out of temporary housing or bought their
government-provided homes under pressure from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency.
FEMA spokesman Terry Ingram said the agency completed its
mission on June 19.
FEMA announced in April that that it was ending the housing
program and that 19 Alabama households - 17 in Mobile County, one
in Washington County and the other in Montgomery County...

Montgomery, Alabama
(AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health
is proposing a $650 civil penalty against BFGoodrich Tire
Manufacturing of Tuscaloosa.
Health officials released a statement Tuesday saying the company
violated State Board of Health rules.
The department identified the violation when BFGoodrich reported
in May that two devices containing radioactive sources were missing
from the Tuscaloosa plant site. They were discovered missing in

(AP) - Public Service Commission President Lucy
Baxley has fallen and broken her hip.
Baxley's executive assistant, Lisa Parrish, said she fell
Tuesday morning while getting in the car to go to work. She went
ahead to work, attended a PSC meeting and other meetings, but began
to feel increasing pain around noon.
Parrish said Baxley went to Jackson Hospital in Montgomery.
Doctors determined she had broken her hip and began surgery late

Tallassee, Alabama Macon County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating the deaths of three men believed to have drowned after their fishing boat capsized. Witnesses told officials the men were on a fishing boat on a pond in Macon County when the front end of the boat sank into the water. The men were heard screaming for help. The victims are identified as 34 year old Gregory Levett, 41 year old Calvin Bell and 51 year old Huey Bennett. All three lived in Macon County.

Montgomery, Alabama
(AP) - Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles
Price says he won't run for governor.
Some leaders of the black wing of the state Democratic Party,
the Alabama Democratic Conference, had been encouraging Price to
enter next year's Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Artur Davis
and Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks. Price said Monday he
appreciated the encouragement and gave the contest serious thought.
But he said he's been a judge 26...

(AP) - Alabama state troopers report they made
152 drunken driving arrests and issued slightly more than 3,000
speeding tickets during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
A trooper spokesman, Cpl. Steve Jarrett, says troopers also
issued nearly 1,100 seat belt citations and 84 citations for child
restraint violations.
The state Department of Public Safety used extra patrols during
the busy weekend to try to keep down accidents. State...

Mobile, Alabama
(AP) - A woman who suffered third-degree burns
after stepping into a shower of 136-degree water has been awarded
$750,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit against the apartment
The Mobile County court award to 25-year-old Treon Moorer, in
late June, followed mediation with JRS Management Inc. of Florida.
The company's lawyer, Larry Matthews of Pensacola, declined
Moorer's attorney, Richard Taylor, said Moorer was "horribly ...

Montgomery, Alabama There is a little good news for out of work Alabamians. Beginning today, the newly unemployed will receive an additional $10 dollars per week in their unemployment compensation checks. Alabama Department of Industrial Relations officials say the increase means the maximum benefit amount will increase to $265.00 per week. Officials state that only new claimants filed on our after July 5,2009 are eligible for the increase.