Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama Democratic Party officials are asking state and federal authorities to investigate an election day prank by a conservative radio commentator in Huntsville. Conservative radio commentator Dale Jackson of WVNN in Huntsville read a phony news release on air and posted a copy to his Web site Tuesday morning. The release made prominent use of the Alabama state seal. The release said because of heavy turnout, the polls would be open for two days. It said supporters for Republican Paul Sanford
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama may not opens its doors as wide this year for hurricane evacuees from Louisiana and other states. Gov. Bob Riley said Tuesday the state will not take as many evacuees into shelters from out-of-state this year to make sure shelter space is available for Alabama residents. He said the state will be particularly cautious about filling shelters if there's a chance another hurricane could affect the Alabama coast. More than 6,500 evacuees, mostly from Louisiana, filled 28
Birmingham,Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Alabama's most populous county are trying to figure their way out of a worsening financial mess. Members of the Jefferson County Commission are scheduled to meet behind closed doors Tuesday in Birmingham to discuss alternatives to a court ruling that's caused a major revenue crunch. The problem comes with the county already trying to avoid bankruptcy because of a debt crisis. After years of litigation, a judge has barred the county from
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) -Four Alabama counties have been given federal disaster status as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, and straight-line winds during the period of May 6-8.
President Barack Obama declared a federal disaster on Wednesday for Autauga, Bullock, Elmore, and Montgomery counties. The declaration makes federal funds available for repair and replacement of facilities damaged by the storms.
JACKSON, Miss. – (AP) - Interim Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Rev. Byron Clay says he's been traveling around the country, trying to mobilize marchers for his group's renewed "Poor People's Campaign." Clay says he's unsure how many will be drawn to Jackson for the June 20 demonstration at the state Capitol. Clay was in Jackson on Wednesday to announce details about the campaign that is similar to the initiative Dr. Martin Luther King was working on before he was killed 1968.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's two U.S. senators - Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Republicans, each have about $400 million in funding requests for special projects in Alabama next year. The Birmingham News reviewed the requests and found that most of them steered toward high-tech defense contractors and university researchers. This is the first year senators have been required to disclose their earmark requests at the front end of the appropriations process, well before the final bills are written.