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 the death penalty.
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 April and were last accounted for in October 2008.
Montgomery,Alabama – (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 Tuesday afternoon.
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 years and that's what he wants to continue to do.
Montgomery,Alabama – (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 troopers
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 manager. 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 comment. 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.