MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Youth Services is making big changes to the way it keeps records. The department is in its first year of switching from paper to mostly electronic record keeping. Now, contractors enter data into spreadsheets instead of just filling out incident reports to turn in to DYS and put into the child's file. That way the data can be easily viewed and analyzed on electronic spreadsheets. DYS officials say it's already paying off after they noticed
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) - An investment banker accused of paying bribes to Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors. Federal court documents filed Tuesday show William Blount admits giving Langford thousands of dollars in exchange for Langford using his influence to send Jefferson County's bond financing business to Blount. Langford was on the Jefferson County Commission at the time. Blount initially pleaded not guilty. But a federal judge
Montgomery, Alabama – The Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Thompson, says the school system is bracing for the possibility of deeper cuts in the amount of state funds it receives.
Writing in her blog on the Montgomery Public Schools website, Dr. Thompson states that the system is beginning the school year with a budget that is almost $8 MILLION below state funding from the final prorated amount of 2009.
Dr.Thompson says there is "a real possibility" there could be a 6 percent proration announced as the new fiscal year begins in October.
TYLER, Ala. – (AP) - More than 100 people have launched an initiative aimed at creating jobs and bolstering the Black Belt's economy by promoting the region's extensive outdoor recreational resources. Alabama Black Belt Adventures was launched Wednesday at the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge in Tyler. State Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley said educating people about what the area has to offer will attract visitors and businesses. The initiative's Web, www.alabamablackbeltadventures.com,
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Members of a panel of legislators who supervise administrative activities in the Alabama House say they should have been notified when two pounds of marijuana were found in a Statehouse office in December, 2006. The panel known as the House Council agreed that in the future House Clerk Greg Pappas should notify the chairman of the council about such incidents. House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton of Birmingham is the current council chairman. House Speaker Seth Hammett said the incident shows that House