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.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A Chilton County woman is fighting an effort by federal prosecutors to seize her home and 40 acres in a marijuana case against her husband, who committed suicide during his trial. Mara Lynn Williams, a cancer survivor who works as a nurse at a Montgomery hospital, said her husband, Royce, used marijuana for chronic paid after multiple surgeries. She was not charged and said she did not know he was growing it on his property. But federal officials said it is routine to seize
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - State Health Officer Don Williamson says the first doses of swine flu vaccine should begin arriving in Alabama by the end of this week and adequate supplies are expected to be available by the end of October. Williamson said at a news conference Monday the state continues to see an elevated number of influenze-like illnesses. Williamson said 10 percent of patients at doctor's offices are reporting flu-like symptoms and that about 5 percent of school children are missing class because of the flu.
Montgomery, AL – The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a helicopter crash that killed one Federal Aviation Administration employee and critically injured another. Preliminary reports, however, don't speculate on the cause of crashes. It could be months before officials say why the chopper went down in a Jackson neighborhood Sept. 1. The report says there was communication with an air traffic controller while the pilots practiced maneuvers at a Jackson
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A jury in Selma has convicted a Georgia man of capital murder in a 2004 case and will hear evidence in the penalty phase of the trial. It could recommend the death penalty. The jury convicted Quante Rice on Thursday in the shooting death of 37-year-old Morris Hatcher after deliberating for an hour. Hatcher was shot to death at a car wash in Selma. Police said Rice had arrived in a car stolen in the Atlanta area. A witness identified Rice, who was from College Park, Ga., as the man who shot Hatcher.