Thomasvillle, Al – First United Security Bank has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by federal prosecutors claiming the bank discriminated against black borrowers. The settlement calls for the bank to pay up to $50,000 total to people federal authorities say were overcharged. It also agreed to open a branch in a majority-black area within three years, spend $500,000 to subsidize mortgages and small-business loans in majority-black areas and spend $110,000 advertising to black borrowers.
Montgomery, Al – The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says complaints brought by a U.S. Department of Justice paralegal in the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman were unsubstantiated. Tamarah Grimes, who worked on the team prosecuting the corruption case against Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy, filed a complaint in 2007 under whistleblower protection laws. She accused prosecutors of mismanagement, failure to report improper contact with jurors and initiating a criminal
Montgomery, Ala. – (AP) - Three more people have died from swine flu in Alabama. State health officials announced the deaths Thursday. The state's number of fatalities from the virus is now at 11. The latest to die are a man in his 60s from Talladega County, a woman in her 50s from Madison County, and a female in her 70s from Jackson County. Previous deaths of persons positive for swine flu have occurred this year in Bullock, Dale, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Macon, Montgomery and Russell counties.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has set a legal precedent in the state by ruling that child support payments are not automatically extinguished when parental rights are terminated. The court's ruling Wednesday reversed the state civil appeals court, which had held that a parent who loses rights to a child no longer has a responsibility to pay child support. The Supreme Court, split 6-3, said parental neglect could be rewarded if child support would no longer have to be paid.
Montgomery, AL – The U.S. House has cleared the way for Alabama's new statue of Helen Keller to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex. Representatives unanimously approved a resolution accepting the statue of the Tuscumbia native on Wednesday. The Senate previously approved a similar resolution. The statue will be unveiled in the Capitol rotunda on Oct. 7. It will be permanently displayed in the new Capitol visitor center. Keller became known worldwide as an educator and advocate for
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The State Board of Education has set aside two days to interview candidates for chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system. The interviews begin Thursday in Montgomery and wrap up Friday. A dozen candidates are scheduled to appear before the board. They include educators from Alabama and from out-of-state. The board is looking for a replacement for Bradley Byrne, who resigned in May to run for governor.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Former State Treasurer George Wallace Jr. wants his old job back. Wallace said Tuesday he has decided to run for state treasurer next year as a Republican. Wallace said he's running because he wants to solve financial problems in Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan. The state treasurer administers the tuition plan, which Wallace got started during the first of his two terms as state treasurer. Wallace joins Republican Terry Dunn and Democrat Jeremy Sherer
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Republicans plan to give priority to a bill that would stop Alabama teachers from continuing to receive pay and benefits while in prison on felony convictions that they are appealing. The bill would amend the state's teacher tenure law, which was changed in 2004 with the backing of the Alabama Education Association. AEA's chief lobbyist, Paul Hubbert, said he agrees that a teacher in prison should not be paid, but he wants to make sure the dismissal process is fair.