The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a 24-year-old precedent and ruled that a judge may not require a non-custodial parent in a divorce case to pay college costs for children over the age of 19. The court's 6-2 ruling reversed a decision issued in 1989 that said a judge could order a non-custodial parent to pay college costs passed aged 19. In a decision written by Chief Justice Roy Moore, the justices said the 24-year-old precedent was not based on state law. The court said its ruling will not undo court orders for college support that are already final, but it will apply to future ca
A relatively quiet hurricane season in the U.S. could get a bit busier this weekend. Tropical Storm Karen is poised to become the first named storm to hit the U.S. during what had been a relatively quiet hurricane season. Karen is forecast to lash the northern Gulf Coast as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. Governor Robert Bentley said Alabama emergency response agencies will be ready to respond to Tropical Storm Karen as needed.
Alabama Emergency Management Agency's Yasamie August cautioned the public to be prepared, for Tropical Storm Karen. The storm could possibly reach the Gulf Coast by this weekend, bringing with it torrential rains and blustery winds. August said it's not clear yet what Montgomery and surrounding counties will experience. The National Weather Service office in Birmingham predicts Tropical Storm Karen will move into central Alabama by Sunday dumping about two inches of rain or more in some areas.
Alabamians who are able to get into the new health insurance marketplace website aren't finding much choice. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is the only insurance company offering individual plans in most counties. Humana is offering plans in Jefferson, Madison and Shelby counties. United Healthcare is not participating. The Department of Health and Human Services say Alabama has the least choices of any of the 36 states with federally operated exchanges.
The term of Barbara Thompson as Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent has come to an end. The Board of Education accepted a mutual separation agreement with Thompson at a special called meeting. The embattled superintendent did not address the panel. Thompson had recently been under increasing pressure from a state investigation into improper grade-changing at some schools in the system. She had been Montgomery's Superintendent since July 2009. Margaret Allen has been named interim Superintendent.
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.