TYLER, Ala. – (AP) - More than 100 people have launched an initiative aimed at creating jobs and bolstering the Black Belt's economy by promoting the region's extensive outdoor recreational resources. Alabama Black Belt Adventures was launched Wednesday at the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge in Tyler. State Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley said educating people about what the area has to offer will attract visitors and businesses. The initiative's Web, www.alabamablackbeltadventures.com,
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Members of a panel of legislators who supervise administrative activities in the Alabama House say they should have been notified when two pounds of marijuana were found in a Statehouse office in December, 2006. The panel known as the House Council agreed that in the future House Clerk Greg Pappas should notify the chairman of the council about such incidents. House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton of Birmingham is the current council chairman. House Speaker Seth Hammett said the incident shows that House
ANNISTON, Ala. – (AP) - Anniston Sportswear Corp. likely will shut down, putting 200 people in jeopardy of being unemployed. The news came Friday as angry workers gathered outside the plant to ask why they weren't paid on schedule. Company officials said the workers would receive their pay Monday. Taras P. Proczko, executive vice president for Chicago-based Hartmax Corp., the plant's parent company, said Friday that the London-based Emerisque Brands has bought the Anniston plant and plans to shut it down.
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.