With Alabama's federally facilitated health insurance marketplace launching next week, the Obama administration has released figures showing the typical plan in Alabama will near the average or slightly less. The Department of Health and Human Services says lowest -cost bronze plan in Alabama averages $247 a month.
The Montgomery County School Board has turned to the state for assistance in resolving issues linked to a probe into improper grade changes. At Tuesday's meeting, the MPS Board voted unanimously to ask the State Department of Education to provide an education monitor to help correct several problems in the school system.
Alabama Prison officials have ended the segregation of eight HIV positive inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka. According to the Montgomery Advertiser, the eight females inmates are now housed with the general population. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit in 2011 to end the segregation. 40-year-old Dana Harley, an inmate at Tutwiler Prison, told the newspaper that she is pleased she will be treated like other prisoners. Another hearing is scheduled Thursday on behalf of HIV positive male inmates at Limestone Correctional Facility in north Alabam
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said two affiliated companies in the automotive supply filed will build their first U.S. production facility in Tuscaloosa, creating at least 350 new jobs by 2016. Bentley announced the plans during a news conference at the Tuscaloosa River Market Monday. Bentley described the Purico Group and Bolta Werke GmbH as sister companies that will invest $39 million into the facility. Once built, the facility will produce parts for automotive manufacturers.
A 22-year-old Enterprise man was struck and killed by a train Sunday afternoon in downtown Montgomery. According to Montgomery Police, Finnian McCarty was struck by a CSX Train on Moulton Street just before 4 p.m. Police said in a statement that the train engineer told investigators that McCarty stood on the railroad tracks and made no effort to move. The train operators were not able to stop before striking McCarty. Authorities determined the incident to be alcohol-related.
The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools. Members of the Alabama Education Association contended the Legislature violated its own rules and the states open meetings law when it passed the Alabama Accountability Act in February. The Supreme Court ruled that Alabama's Constitution does not require the Legislature to meet in public. Two other lawsuits are pending against the Accountability Act.
A state court official said new judicial appointments will have to be made to hear separate gambling cases pending in Macon and Greene Counties. The Montgomery Advertiser reports today that all the qualified judges in Macon County have recused themselves from a case in which the state attorney general wants to have electronic gambling machines and money seized at VictoryLand forfeited to the state. The Alabama Supreme Court ordered Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young to step down from the case. The State Administrative Office of the Courts is responsible for appointing judges to hear th
According to economic data released this week much of Alabama was still in recession last year. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that eight out of 12 metro economies in the state experienced a pullback in gross domestic product. That included Montgomery with a decrease of 0.6 percent. Auburn Montgomery professor and respected economist Dr.
State workers will have to dole out more money to pay for health insurance, starting next year. The Alabama Employees Insurance Board voted to increase co-pays for urgent care, emergency room visits and outpatient surgeries. The board said the increases were necessary to address a $36 million dollar deficit. The increase goes into effect January 1st.
Homicide Detectives have charged a Montgomery man with murder in connection with the Monday night stabbing death of 30-year-old Zamian Land. Montgomery Police said 23-year-old Demetrius McBride is accused of stabbing Land after the two men got into an argument in the 4500 block of Rainbow Road. McBride is being held in the Montgomery County Jail under a $75,000 bond. Land's murder was the city's 39th of 2013.