Residents are urged to stay alert for severe weather over the next few days. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say storms will move into northwest Alabama early Friday morning, bringing a chance of severe thunderstorms. The main threat will be damaging straight line winds. Also, a few strong storms could be possible across other locations along and west of a line from Livingston to Tuscaloosa.
Stay informed about possible severe weather over the next few days, forecasters say storms with potentially damaging winds are expected to move into parts of Alabama. The National Weather Service the high winds will be the main threat from a line of storms expected to move into Alabama from the west, mainly during the morning on Friday. The line of storms is expected to enter west Alabama by around 3 a.m.
Alabama lawmakers have shot down a bill to let people carry loaded handguns in their cars without a concealed carry permit. The House Public Safety Committee did not advance the bill Wednesday after several sheriffs and police chiefs said they were concerned that it could lead to more violence.
Forecasters say a pair of storm systems will bring the threat of isolated tornadoes to parts of Alabama. The National Weather Service expects severe weather to move into the state late Thursday into early Friday, with isolated tornadoes possible. However, forecasters say the larger threat will be straight-line winds. A second storm system is expected to develop late Sunday afternoon, again bringing the threat of isolated tornadoes and damaging straight-ling winds through Monday morning.
Hundreds of Alabamians rushed to sign up before last night's deadline elapsed to apply for health insurance under the federal health care law. Jim Carnes, a policy analyst for the advocacy group Alabama Arise, said he is optimistic Alabama will get close to the federal government's original enrollment forecast. He said interest picked up in the closing weeks of enrollment as people learned more about the tax credits they could get. The federal government's original goal for Alabama was 82,000 enrollments through Monday. An unofficial federal report recently put Alabama's enrollment at 7
Alabama's attorney general says law enforcement agents have seized more than 1,000 gambling machines and cash from casinos in Green County. Luther Strange said in a news release that the seizures came as law enforcement agents served search warrants at four casinos. He said the action came in response to allegations of illegal gambling operations. The search warrants were served this Monday morning at Greenetrack and Greene Charity in Eutaw, Alabama, and at Frontier Bingo and River's Edge in Knoxville, Alabama. Strange says an investigation over the last several months led to the search
A string of shootings in Montgomery are under investigation. Three people are recovering from injuries in local hospitals. Montgomery Police said a man was shot Sunday night on Audubon Road, but the victim was found on Pocahonotas Road. No other information has been available.
Another shooting occurred Sunday afternoon on Early Street where an unnamed male was shot in the back. The victim's injury was described as serious.
Alabama's unemployment rate has risen to 6.4 percent. The state Department of Labor says the February rate is up from 6.1 percent in January, but it's below the same month last year, when the state measured 6.6 percent. Wilcox County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at almost 17 percent while Shelby County's rate of 5.1 percent was the lowest among the 67 counties.
The Elmore County Sheriff's office said a fourth suspect is behind bars today charged in connection with two recent home invasion case. Sheriff's officials said 16-year-old Maurice Wilkes of Deatsville faces robbery and burglary charges for his alleged role in a home invasion that occurred March 20th in the Wallsboro Community. Wilkes is charged as an adult. His bond was set at $100,000. Three other suspects linked to the home invasion robberies were also arrested this week.
Among the bills still pending in the legislature when it returns from spring break next week is one that would allow drivers and passengers to have a loaded handgun in a vehicle without a permit. Law enforcement groups have lobbied against the bill, claiming it would endanger the lives of officers and the public. Executive Director of the Alabama Sheriff's Association Bobby Timmons disputes the argument that it's a Second Amendment issue. The bill's sponsor, Republican Scott Beason of Gardendale, says people shouldn't have to pay for permission to protect themselves.