(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 bankruptcy. Scrushy was acquitted in a federal criminal case over the fraud and testified in the state civil suit that he knew nothing about it.
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.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (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
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