Republican Congresswoman Martha Roby of Montgomery said she's troubled after hearing a senior official at the Department of Veterans Affair says the agency is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies that are being purchased outside of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts. Roby, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Oversight committee, said she is preparing legislation that would compel the VA secretary to take VA systems, including the Central Alabama Health Care Facility that fail to meet basic standards.
A House budget committee has approved a general fund budget with deep cuts to state agencies. The spending plan was approved Thursday after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on proposed tax bills to fill a shortfall of more than $200 million. After the committee's action, Governor Robert Bentley visited the Alabama Statehouse to voice his displeasure promising to veto if the the House Budget make it to his desk in its current state.
A missing Montgomery woman has been found safe in Miami. Police had issued a missing person bulletin Tuesday on Kadiajah Williams after she didn't show up for work. Her family was concerned that she might be with her boyfriend Anthony Bell. Family members say he has been physically abusive in the past. Investigators say Miami police conducted a welfare check and found Williams to be okay. Police now identify her as Kadiajah Williams-Bell. No other details have been released.
Governor Robert Bentley is warning legislators that they are running out of time in this session to address a budget shortfall. The governor made the comments Tuesday after the Alabama House delayed debate on several Republican backed tax bills aimed at solving the General fund budget crisis. The largest of the revenue plan is a 25 cent per pack cigarette tax hike. Some Republican lawmakers have said they will vote to reject the tax bills that were introduced by their caucus.
Gambling foes and proponents squared off at a public hearing in the Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee Tuesday. Eighteen people expressed their opinion on a bill to authorize a state lottery and casinos at four dog tracks. Houston County resident Stanley Davis says the state needs more attractions.
It could be contentious day at the Alabama Statehouse. Lawmakers are scheduled to cast votes on taxes and gambling bills. The Alabama House will consider proposals to raise the state cigarette tax, increase the title fee on automobiles and a measure that would raise the business privilege tax on large businesses. In the Alabama Senate, a committee will hold a public hearing and vote on gambling legislation to allow a statewide lottery and casinos.
A second man has now been charged in a murder from this weekend in Montgomery. 33-year-old Clarence Lamar of Montgomery has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 25-year-old Cordarryl Foxhall, Saturday in the 1900 block of Hilldale Drive. Lamar was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility. Police had already charged Lamar's cousin, 39-year-old Demetrius Lamar, with murder. No word on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
A Georgia trucker was killed Friday night in a fiery crash at the interchange of Interstate 85 southbound to Interstate 65 northbound. Witnesses said the 18-wheeler plunged off the interchange ramp and onto the street below and exploded into flames. The driver of the 18-wheeler, 41-year-old Donald Clark of Georgia, was killed. The accident occurred Friday just after 7:30 p.m.
The state of Alabama is suing over a plan it says will harm water quality by holding water in a Georgia lake for recreational use. Gov. Robert Bentley's administration says the suit asks a judge to block the U.S. Corps of Engineers from implementing a new water control plan for the Alabama-Coosa- Tallapoosa river basin. The lawsuit claims the plan will keep water in Lake Allatoona northwest of Atlanta to help boaters and other recreational users in the fall, which, in turn will reduce water flow on the Coosa River into eastern Alabama and harm water quality.
The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to sweeping changes to sentencing and probation standards on an effort to relieve crowding in state prisons. The Alabama House passed the bill on a 100-5 vote Thursday. The state Senate went along with House changes. The bill now goes to Governor Robert Bentley for his signature. The bill aims to steer low-level offenders away from prison and creates a new Class D of felony. It also seek to increase supervision of former inmates.