New Orleans, Lousiana – (AP) - The federal government has accepted $690.2 million in high bids for 328 offshore petroleum leases off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Seventy energy companies submitted 476 bids on 348 tracts in March's sale of leases in the Central Gulf of Mexico by the federal Minerals Management service. The MMS says it rejected high bids of $12.8 million on 19 tracts because the bids did not reach fair market value. The single highest bid was $65.6 million by Shell Gulf of Mexico
Montgomery,Alabama – A Montgomery resident is being recognized for her life's work in a new book titled "African American National Biography,Volume 6".
Dr. Gwen Patton says she is elated to learn that she has been included int he book featuring many civil rights activists. Dr. Patton recently shared with WVAS some of her recollections of her work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the form of the Poor People's Campaign.
Dr. Patton remains true to her work as an activist by recently serving on the Selma to Montgomery Historic Trail Advisory Council.
Worchester, Massachusettes – (AP) - A 7-year-old boy who authorities say was severely beaten by his dad on Father's Day in Massachusetts has died. A nursing supervisor at UMass Memorial Medical Center says Nathaniel Turner was removed from a ventilator early Saturday morning at the hospital. He was declared brain dead Tuesday after his father, Leslie Schuler, allegedly slammed his head against a wall so hard on Father's Day that it left a dent in a wall at Schuler's home in Worcester.
Decatur, Alabama – (AP) - Officials in one Alabama county believe they've solved a mystery dating back to the Civil War. Morgan County archivist John Allison recently discovered $493 in mostly uncirculated Confederate currency in a county vault. Some of the serial numbers were in sequence, making it appear the money came straight from the Confederate Congress. Allison said he now believes the money was placed in a court file to settle the estate of a slave owner. The man died a year