Auburn,Alabama – AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - An Auburn city councilman has apologized for removing miniature confederate battle flags from the graves of confederate soldiers. Arthur Dowdell, who represents Ward 1, read the statement at Tuesday night's city council meeting. The apology was made to members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Dowdell was criticized for removing the flags at Pine Hill Cemetery on April 23rd.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A bill to raise the age when students in Alabama can drop out of school from 16 to 17 has neared final passage in the Alabama Legislature. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur passed the House 91-3 Tuesday night. The bill was amended in the House to include language that would require 17-year-olds to get parental permission to drop out. The bill returns to the Senate because of changes by the House. Some House members expressed concern it would cost the state
Mobile, Alabama – CALVERT, Ala. (AP) - Store owners near the ThyssenKrupp steel mill site in north Mobile County say they've lost thousands of dollars in a bad-check scheme. A sign that says 'No ID: No $" now hangs above the check cashing counter at the BP station in Calvert. It went up after more than $10,000 worth of bad checks were cashed in one day. Owner David Boshell says his business had a considerable amount of counterfeit checks to bounce. Down the road, at the Shell station more than $8,000 worth of
Montgomery, Alabama – TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama receiver Julio Jones has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia. Jones is expected to be back for fall camp. Last season, Jones had 58 catches for 924 yards and was a second-team Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference pick.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - A federal judge has approved the sale of the Birmingham-based Bruno's Supermarkets chain to a grocery wholesaler. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Benjamin Cohen on Monday approved the sale of the bankrupt grocery chain to Southern Family Markets of Birmingham, the retail arm of New Hampshire-based C&S Wholesale Grocers. Bruno's, which has 56 stores in Alabama and the Florida panhandle, sold them for $45.8 million. Southern Family Markets plans to continue operating 31 stores, but 25 will be closed and sold.