A judge in Dothan has ruled that gambling machines that were seized from Center Stage are illegal. The ruling allows that state to destroy the 691 machines and to keep the nearly $289,000 in cash that was seized in a raid last year. The operators of Center State had argued they were legal electronic bingo machines. But Circuit Judge Michael Conaway issued a ruling Thursday siding with Attorney General Luther Strange's argument that they were illegal.
The barriers have come down at federal memorials and national parks and furloughed federal workers have returned to work today after 16 days off the job. Only two members of the Alabama Congressional delegation, Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell, supported a bill to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's debt ceiling.
A Global automotive supplier announced Wednesday that it will open a new assembly plant warehouse in Montgomery. Denso Corporation's decision represents a $2.2 million dollar investment, mostly in equipment. Production Control and Logistics Director for Denso Mike Bowman says the company will be leasing a 103-thousand square foot warehouse on Smothers Road in east Montgomery. Bowman says Montgomery is situated close to many of its suppliers and has a skilled workforce to draw from. Jobs will range from office and personnel management to warehouse shipping and receiving and light assembl
Monday's optimism over a possible bipartisan solution to Washington's latest budget impasse has been replaced by more partisan rancor. House Republicans Tuesday unveiled a proposal stocked with conservative priorities, and the White House instantly rejected it. The immediate result has been to freeze Senate negotiations. Auburn Montgomery Economics Professor Dr. Keivan Deravi says a default would have global repercussions as well as domestic.
Alabama State University President Dr. William H. Harris is remembering the life of former ASU first lady Lillian Watkins. Mrs. Watkins passed away Sunday at the age of 96. She was the widow of acclaimed University president Levi Watkins. Funeral arrangements have been set for Saturday, Oct. 12th.
Free tuberculosis testing will be provided today at Alabama State University's Dunn-Oliver Acadome. The Alabama Department of Public Health and the ASU Health Center recently identified an ASU student with an active case of tuberculosis. Public Health officials said around 600 students and faculty could have come in close contact with the infected student. The tuberculosis screenings will be provided free of charge until 2 p.m.
Daniel Mims, a Montgomery native is now the corporate head of Mims Management Group, which operates 40 pharmacies nationwide and three custom compounding pharmacies in Virginia, Texas and California. Mims announced Thursday his new headquarters will be located in Montgomery. Locating the headquarters in Montgomery represents a $1.7 million dollar capital investment and means the creation of at least 50 jobs. Mims Management Group will move into the former Compass Bank Building at 3480 Eastern Boulevard.
Officials at Alabama State University and the Alabama Public Health officials are working together to investigate a case of pulmonary tuberculosis that was identified in an ASU student. University officials have notified around 600 students and faculty who may have come into close contact with the student. Alabama State requires all students to show documentation before beginning classes to prove they have tested negative for tuberculosis. Doctors say TB is a treatable and preventable disease.
Two candidates vying to represent District 74 in the Alabama House are in a runoff set for next month. In Tuesday's special election, Dimitri Polizos tabulated 1,901 votes for almost 46 percent; Charlotte Meadows garnered 1,328 votes or a little more than 32 percent. Heather Sellers finished in third place with 22 percent or 910 votes. The winner will fill the House seat vacated by the resignation of Jay Love. The runoff is November 19th.