Mobile, Alabama – MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama city is dismissing a charge that could have sent an 81-year-old woman to jail for urinating in a public park when she couldn't make it to a bathroom. Prosecutors in Mobile asked a court Wednesday to throw out a public lewdness charge against Lula Mae Battle. Battle has incontinence problems and couldn't make it to a public restroom in a downtown park on June 3. She ducked behind bushes to relieve herself, and a police cadet had her arrested.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - A Franklin County judge has ordered a death sentence for a Russellville woman accused of setting a house fire that killed her 6-year-old son in order to collect life insurance. Circuit Judge Terry Dempsey sentenced 31-year-old Christie Michelle Scott on Wednesday, deciding not to go along with the jury, which recommended life in prison without parole. Scott was convicted of capital murder in July for starting the fire at her family's Russellville home that killed Mason Scott a year ago.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - Legislators from Alabama's most populous county have reached a compromise on a tax bill and are asking for a special session to end a partial shutdown of county services that threatens a National Guard callup. Members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation, meeting in Birmingham on Tuesday, approved a bill to enact a new occupational tax for the area. Rep. John Rogers said he's asking the governor to call a special session in Montgomery beginning Monday.
Mobile,Alabama – (AP) Mobile's city attorney says a public lewdness charge may be dismissed against an elderly woman who was arrested after having what she says was a bladder emergency in a downtown park.
Larry Wettermark said Monday the city isn't interested in prosecuting someone who had an accident.
Eighty-one-year-old Lula Mae Battle was arrested on June 3 after a police cadet saw her urinating in bushes in a downtown park. The woman has said she has incontinence problems and couldn't make it to a public restroom.
Evergreen, Alabama – State Department of Human Resources officials are investigating a case in which a child suffered permanent brain damage while in foster care.
The Connecuh County child welfare department began the investigation following reports that a 2-year-old boy in was abused. Joyce and Lonnel Sims are charged with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse.
A state investigation shows that the Conecuh County child welfare agency investigated abuse allegations by telephone, may not have screened foster parents, and did not enforce a ban on corporal punishment.
Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lawsuit aimed at getting Joe Reed's name back on the basketball arena at Alabama State University has failed. Former Alabama State trustee Frankye Underwood had filed a lawsuit accusing the trustees of violating the state's Open Meeting Act when they decided to remove Reed's name from the university's Acadome last year. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs Jr. ruled Wednesday there was no evidence of a violation.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) - Honda is increasing production at its auto assembly plant in Lincoln, the result of strengthening sales for the Odyssey minivan and Pilot sport utility. The Japanese automaker announced this week to the plant's 4,000-plus workers that it will add three upcoming Saturdays to its production schedule, which will count as overtime for employees. The company's $1.4 billion factory will run on one Saturday in September and two Saturdays in October. Its daily output will also