Enterprise, Alabama – (AP) - A peanut field in south Alabama becomes a vibrant go-to site for country music fans Thursday, with more than 100,000 people expected for the second annual Bama Jam. The three-day event kicks off Thursday with Taylor Swift headlining, followed by Alan Jackson on Friday, and Kid Rock and Brooks and Dunn on Saturday. There's also a liberal amount of rock and alternative music mixed in, including the Black Crowes, Los Lonely Boys, Umphrey's McGee and Drive By Truckers.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - The Birmingham City Council has voted to legalize, regulate and tax electronic bingo, but it will be a month before the first license is granted to nonprofit operators. Mayor Larry Langford said he would wait 30 days to sign it after the Jefferson County district attorney expressed concerns about whether the machines ultimately will be declared illegal in the state. The policy was approved on a 4-1 vote. District Attorney Brandon Falls asked the city for the delay to
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's decision on a policy that bans Alabama legislators from working in the two-year college system. The high court on Friday sent the case back to a Montgomery circuit court, who had struck down the State Board of Education's policy prohibiting the practice known as "double-dipping." Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick had ruled in November that the school board violated state law in passing the ban on
Washington – WASHINGTON (AP) - The ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee says he believes the federal government's key role in a likely bankruptcy filing by General Motors Corp. puts Washington "on the road to socialism." Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said the financially beleaguered GM should have filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy six months ago. And he said the U.S. government's stake in the company now facing a restructuring-or-bankruptcy deadline in the next few days is entirely too large.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - Southern Company will operate the National Carbon Capture Center at a facility next to Alabama Power's Gaston plant at Wilsonville. The company announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Energy's center will develop and test advanced technologies to capture carbon dioxide from coal-based power plants. The goal of carbon capture is reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that a coal-fired electricity plant releases to the atmosphere. The center will work with scientists and technology developers
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's lone contender at the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee, Lindsey Grace Zimmer of Notasulga, failed to advance to Thursday's semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. The 13-year-old correctly spelled "longitude" and "anodyne" on Wednesday, but her score for those two rounds, combined with her score on the 25-word written test, was not high enough to qualify her for the semifinals. Only 41 of the original 293 contestants move on to the
Tuskegee, Alabama – (AP) - Tuskegee University President Benjamin F. Payton will deliver the main address at the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon. Payton, who is retiring next year after serving 28 years as the university's fifth president, is continuing a tradition at the nation's capital. Robert Russa Moton, president at what then was known as Tuskegee Institute, delivered the principal address at the Lincoln Memorial's dedication ceremony on May 30, 1922.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - A man who whose beating by five Birmingham police officers was caught on video at the end of a high-speed chase has filed a lawsuit against the officers, the chief of police and the city. The suit was filed Tuesday in Birmingham district court by Anthony Warren's attorney, Wendy Crew. It seeks monetary damages and asks the court to order changes in police officer training. The January 2008 beating, while Warren was apparently unconscious, was captured on a police dash camera video. A version
Foley, Alabama – (AP) - The Pentagon says a U.S Air Force officer from Foley, Ala., was among three U.S. troops who died when their military convoy in Afghanistan was hit by an improvised explosive device. The Mobile Press Register newspaper said Wednesday that Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton died in the Memorial Day explosion. Family members said Stratton was a dedicated officer who served as commander of a reconstruction team in Panjshir Province. Stratton, a 1987 graduate of Foley High School, is survived by