Things were a bit bumpy Tuesday, the first day Alabamians could sign up for health insurance under the Health Care law. The initial signup yesterday began with a stalled website, an error message and menu that didn't work. In 36 states, including Alabama, where the federal government is running the marketplaces, a snag involving security questions on users' accounts cropped up repeatedly, preventing many from completing their enrollment.
A Senate vote Tuesday morning has left Democrats and Republicans on closer to resolving the deadlock that has brought a partial shutdown of the federal government. WVAS News talked with Col. Trent Edwards, the 42nd Air Base Wing Commander about how the shutdown is impacting the work force at Maxwell-Gunter. He said the public should not be able to tell a difference at this point, but he does warn if the shutdown goes on for an extended period of time the base's mission readiness would be compromised.
Longtime Alabama Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus says he will not seek re-election after his current term. The 6th District congressman made the announcement Monday in Birmingham. Bachus won an 11th term in Congress last November.
Arlam Carr, the son of the late civil rights icon, Johnnie Carr died Thursday. Carr was named in a 1964 lawsuit that eventually led to the desegregation of Montgomery Public Schools. Carr was one of the first African-American students to graduate from Sidney Lanier High School. Carr was a long-time employee at WSFA, a local television station. Carr was 62-years-old.
With Alabama's federally facilitated health insurance marketplace launching next week, the Obama administration has released figures showing the typical plan in Alabama will near the average or slightly less. The Department of Health and Human Services says lowest -cost bronze plan in Alabama averages $247 a month.
The Montgomery County School Board has turned to the state for assistance in resolving issues linked to a probe into improper grade changes. At Tuesday's meeting, the MPS Board voted unanimously to ask the State Department of Education to provide an education monitor to help correct several problems in the school system.
Alabama Prison officials have ended the segregation of eight HIV positive inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka. According to the Montgomery Advertiser, the eight females inmates are now housed with the general population. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit in 2011 to end the segregation. 40-year-old Dana Harley, an inmate at Tutwiler Prison, told the newspaper that she is pleased she will be treated like other prisoners. Another hearing is scheduled Thursday on behalf of HIV positive male inmates at Limestone Correctional Facility in north Alabam
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said two affiliated companies in the automotive supply filed will build their first U.S. production facility in Tuscaloosa, creating at least 350 new jobs by 2016. Bentley announced the plans during a news conference at the Tuscaloosa River Market Monday. Bentley described the Purico Group and Bolta Werke GmbH as sister companies that will invest $39 million into the facility. Once built, the facility will produce parts for automotive manufacturers.
A 22-year-old Enterprise man was struck and killed by a train Sunday afternoon in downtown Montgomery. According to Montgomery Police, Finnian McCarty was struck by a CSX Train on Moulton Street just before 4 p.m. Police said in a statement that the train engineer told investigators that McCarty stood on the railroad tracks and made no effort to move. The train operators were not able to stop before striking McCarty. Authorities determined the incident to be alcohol-related.
The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools. Members of the Alabama Education Association contended the Legislature violated its own rules and the states open meetings law when it passed the Alabama Accountability Act in February. The Supreme Court ruled that Alabama's Constitution does not require the Legislature to meet in public. Two other lawsuits are pending against the Accountability Act.