(AP) - A circuit judge has ordered former
HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to pay about $2.8 billion to
shareholders due to accounting fraud at the rehabilitation chain.
Circuit Judge Allwin E. Horn ruled in favor of HealthSouth
shareholders who filed a civil suit claiming Scrushy was involved
in a massive accounting fraud that nearly sent the company into
Scrushy was acquitted in a federal criminal case over the fraud
and testified in the state civil suit that he knew nothing about

Montgomery. Alabama –
(AP) - The State Personnel Board is canceling a
contract with Nationwide Insurance company to provide a deferred
compensation plan for active and retired state workers in Alabama.
The board voted 3-0 Wednesday to cancel the contract because
board members said the company is not providing financial
information they want. The cancellation will take effect in six
months. Board members said they will have another deferred
compensation plan in place by then.

Atlanta, Georgia –
ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court says two Vietnam veterans
cannot get monetary damages in a lawsuit over a 2007 computer
security breach at the Birmingham, Ala., VA hospital.
An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Wednesday that
Jim Henry Perkins and Jessie Frank Qualls had to prove actual
damages from the disappearance of a hard drive containing Social
Security numbers and healthcare files of 198,000 living veterans.
The decision upholds a ruling by U.S. District Judge Inge P.

Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - A new initiative seeks to take advantage
of what's abundant in the economically depressed Black Belt region
of central and west Alabama - deer, fish, ducks, rich soil and wide
open spaces.
A group of government officials, business owners and wildlife
activists announced Tuesday the effort to promote outdoor
activities across 22 mostly rural, low income counties. The region
is known as Alabama's Black Belt because of it's band of rich,
black soil.

(AP) - One of Alabama's biggest campaign contributors and best-known plaintiff lawyers, former Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley, has agreed to be chairman of U.S. Rep. Artur Davis' Democratic campaign for governor.
Beasley announced his position in a conference call arranged
Monday by Davis' campaign.
Beasley called Davis "the ideal candidate for the time."
Davis faces state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks in the
Democratic primary next June. Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is also

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James is lining up support from people who helped former Chief Justice Roy Moore run for governor in 2006.
Campaign spokesman Brett Hall said Monday that former state Sen.
Roy Smith of Gadsden has agreed to lead James' campaign in Etowah County. Smith served as co-chairman of the We Need Moore 2006 Committee when Moore ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for governor that year. Moore is running again this time.

Lansing, Michigan –
(AP) - Michigan is part of a $109 million
national settlement with Ernst & Young stemming from allegations
the New York-based firm did not detect accounting fraud involving
more than a dozen HealthSouth Corp. executives.
State Attorney General Mike Cox and Treasurer Robert Kleine
announced the settlement Monday.
Michigan officials say the settlement is one of the largest
against an outside auditor in a class-action securities fraud case.
Michigan will get an undetermined amount of the $109 million for

Montgomery, Alabama –
Lowndes county resident Charlie King is running for the Alabama District 69 House seat which serves residents in Dallas, Lowndes and Wilcox counties.

King says his 24 years of county government service make him the best candidate for the job.

Alabama House District 69 is currently served by Representative James Thomas who has announced he will run for the senate seat being vacated by Alabama Senator Hank Sanders.

Centreville, Ala –
(AP) - About 80 soldiers with the Alabama Army
National Guard's 129th Medical Company are heading to Fort Lewis,
Wash., for the final weeks of training before going to Iraq.
The soldiers, who call themselves the "Renegade Medics," will
operate a medical clinic in Iraq. They got a sendoff from family
and friends at an armory in Centreville on Sunday.
Capt. Beth Acker is a registered nurse who works in the
traumatic surgical intensive care unit at DCH Regional Medical