Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the state must solve a budget crisis to avoid deep cuts in government services. Bentley says he is seeking "fair minimal taxes" including a cigarette tax increase, changes to business privilege taxes, and either a soft drink tax or small changes to a state income tax deduction. Bentley says he believes voters are adamantly opposed to the funding cuts in state parks, Medicaid and mental health that will happen Oct. 1st without new revenue.
A Montgomery man is accused of murdering his father. Police said 26-year-old Antuan Franklin has been charged with murder in connection with last Tuesday's stabbing death of 55-year-old Jimmy Brazzle. Police said the victim was slain in the 600 block of Buckingham Drive. According to authorities the fatal stabbing stemmed from an ongoing dispute. Franklin is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.
A west Montgomery community is helping a family who lost two children in a house fire in January. A groundbreaking was held Monday on Alexander Street. Jessica Byrd is getting a new house courtesy of Whitehurst Construction Company, businessman William Boyd and others. In January, a house fire claimed the lives of Byrd's two children, ages 3 and one month old, a third child, a two-year-old suffered severe burns. Montgomery Fire officials said a toaster oven caused the blaze. Construction on the new house is expected to take about 90 days to complete.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and the State Attorney General Luther Strange announced Thursday a settlement with BP over damages from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama is set to receive $2.3 billion. The settlement resolves years of litigation between BP and five Gulf Coast states. Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon, who say his resort community devastated by the disaster, is leery of how the money will be spent.
Officials in four Gulf states, including Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange, have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with British Petroleum. A settlement that resolves years of court battles over the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement was also announced this morning in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. It comes as a federal judge in New Orleans is preparing to rule on how much money BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties. The spill sent over 125 million gallons of oil into Gulf waters.
The Independence Day weekend is always one of the most heavily traveled periods of the year. State Trooper Corporal Jess Thornton says at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency that means all hands on deck. Thornton says authorities will be watching for drunk drivers, aggressive drivers, speeders and those without seatbelts. Other troopers will be assigned to marine patrol watching for similar activity on Alabama waterways. The official holiday period runs from 12:01 Friday morning until midnight Sunday.
The nation's largest civil rights organization has announced plans to hold a march from Selma to Washington, D.C. The NAACP said state chapters across the U.S. will participate in the six-week long march, called "America's Journey for Justice" to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The 800 plus mile journey will begin August 1st and end on September 15th with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial.
A lawyer for gay couples across Alabama has asked a federal judge to force reluctant probate judges to comply with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marry. Shannon Minter, legal director of National Center for Lesbian Rights, says that every probate judge is now required to issue marriage licenses on an "equal basis." Minter filed a motion Monday asking U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade to issue a permanent injunction directing probate judges to issue the licenses.
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