A federal judge plans to announce the sentences Monday for four former prison employees who were involved in the fatal beating of an inmate or tried to cover it up. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson listened Thursday as family and friends of the defendants described them good, church-going men with no history of violence. The four are awaiting sentencing in the August 2010 beating death of Rocrast Mack at a state prison in Clayton.
The state of Alabama has agreed to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposed settlement Tuesday that would end a federal lawsuit over the law. An ACLU lawyer says the state also is settling a suit filed by the Justice Department. The deal follows the Supreme Court's decision earlier this year rejecting Alabama's appeal to revive parts of the law. The state's Republican-controlled Legislature passed the law in 2011 and Governor Robert Bentley signed it.
There were no fireworks Monday's meeting between Governor Robert Bentley and the Alabama State University Board of Trustees but there were some pointed exchanges and differences of opinion. The governor focused attention on the preliminary findings of a recent forensic audit of the university; particularly a one million dollar Medicaid contract. Board members railed against the governor's release of the report without allowing more time for ASU to examine it. Most of those in attendance felt the meeting was beneficial. The school's ongoing presidential search stirred disagreement, with
Abortion opponents are asking the state to impose tighter restrictions on doctors performing the medical procedure in Alabama. The state health agency held a public hearing Thursday on a proposed rule that would drastically reduce the number of abortions a physician's office can perform without being considered an abortion clinic. A state health committee will decide later on the final rule.
If you have prescription drugs that have expired or are unused. State and federal law enforcement agencies will participate in the annual Drug Take-Back day on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Alabama Department of Public Health is urging the public to bring their medication to a nearby location for disposal. A collection sit can be found on the public health department's website, adph.org and click on the "Got Drugs" link.
A preliminary budget was presented at a working session of the state Board of Education Thursday. The operating expenses alone are expected to reach over $200 million dollars. State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice says board members and legislators will have to figure out where to direct the available funds. The largest request increases come in the areas of health insurance, transportation and support personnel. The board will take up the budget at its next regular meeting in November.
A horrific crash on a Montgomery area interstate left one person dead and three others injured Wednesday afternoon. Montgomery police said a car cross the median on Interstate 85 north, just past the Perry Hill Road overpass. Police said the driver was killed when he crashed into a sport utility vehicle traveling on I-85 South. Three passengers in the SUP were treated for injuries that were not considered life threatening. The accident shut down all traffic on I-85 South from Ann Street to East Boulevard for several hours. The identity of the deceased driver and the people injured has
Alabama's teacher of the year for 2013 was in Washington D.C. Wednesday speaking at a symposium on Common Core standards. Suzanne Culbreath is a supporter of the standards, particularly Alabama's version-called Alabama College and Career Ready standards. Culbreath was an outspoken advocate of the standards during an attempt to repeal them during this year's state legislative session. Opponents worry that the standards represent a federal intrusion into the curriculum of individual states.
Alabama's Secretary of State want to ensure that all registered voters have the proper identification for next year's elections. Jim Bennett issued his final rules Tuesday for implementing the photo ID law in 2014. Bennett says his office will make free ID cards available through mobile vans, county board of registrars' offices and the state Department of Senior Services. Those are expected to be available by January. The new law requires that voters show a photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport or student ID from a university.
Two men are behind bars today in connection with Monday's fatal shooting of 36-year-old Clem Hill of Montgomery. Montgomery Police Detectives have charged 34-year-old Ryshawn London and 27-year-old George Cole, both of Montgomery, with one count each of murder. Hill was shot to death Monday afternoon outside a Liberty gas station on West Edgemont Avenue. Authorities said the shooting stemmed from an argument and ongoing dispute between the victim and the two suspects. London and Cole were placed in the Montgomery County Jail. Bond was set at $75,000.