Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Friday, the 30th and final day of the 2009 legislative session: HOUSE -Heard House Speaker Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia, announce that he won't run for re-election next year. -Couldn't agree on a replacement for Jefferson County's occupational tax. -Gave its annual Shroud Award to Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, in recognition of his failed efforts to remove the state sales tax
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Votes Thursday as the Alabama House, on a 59-38 vote, overrode Gov. Bob Riley's changes to the General Fund budget. Voting yes were 1 Republican and 58 Democrats. Voting no were 37 Republicans and 1 Democrat. Not voting were 5 Republicans and 2 Democrats. Abstaining were 0 Republicans and 0 Democrats.
Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is looking into the second shooting involving a Montgomery Police officer.
An unidentified man was shot after police were called to an apartment on the 37 HUNDRED Block of Wesley Drive just after 2 o'clock this morning.
Police were called by a mother and daughter who said they had fought off a man who tried to rape the mother's 20 year old, pregnant, daughter. Both women were suffering from non-life threating cuts with the pregnant woman receiving a cut on her stomach.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators return today to the recently flooded Alabama Statehouse for the final two days of the 2009 regular session with everything from a state budget to tax preparers and rabies shots on their agenda. A major factor will be the $2.5 billion General Fund budget to fund state troopers, prisons and most state services. The Legislature passed the budget last week and sent it to Governor Riley. Riley said Wednesday he will send the budget back to lawmakers
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Federal prosecutors have recommended that former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman be sentenced to 20 years in prison when he receives a new sentencing hearing in federal court in Montgomery. That's a much longer sentence than the more than seven-year prison term Siegelman originally received for his 2006 conviction in a federal government corruption case. The recommendation comes after a panel of three appellate judges dismissed two of the seven charges the former governor was convicted of and ordered a new
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The General Fund budget approved by the Legislature will expand Alabama's insurance program for children to cover 14,000 more children from working families lacking insurance. The expansion was allowed by Congress in February when it raised the federal tobacco tax to pay for more children's health insurance. The Legislature provided the matching state money necessary for the expansion last week when it approved a state General Fund budget for the fiscal year starting October 1st.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's counties with the worst unemployment were left out of the first highway projects funded by the federal stimulus money in the state. The Alabama Department of Transportation on April 10 let bids for projects funded by stimulus money in 10 Alabama counties. There were no projects on the list for Wilcox County. The unemployment rate in Wilcos is highest in the state at 22.5 percent. Dallas and Chambers counties each have 18.1 percent unemployment
Jacksonville, Florida – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The states of Florida and Alabama are meeting Georgia in federal court in Jacksonville over the allocation of water from Lake Lanier, which is the city of Atlanta's water supply. U.S. District Judge Paul Manguson will hear arguments Monday from the three states over the legality of the water supply allocations from Lake Lanier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Florida and Alabama are both downstream from Lake Lanier and would like to see the amount of water released from the