The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate says he will introduce legislation to authorize a lottery and casino gambling in the state. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said that is is time to let the people of Alabama make a decision on gambling. Marsh said Alabama is in a dire fiscal situation and the state needs additional revenue. Marsh said Alabama sends money every year across state lines to casinos and lotteries in other states.
Governor Robert Bentley is using blunt language to describe a looming budget crisis facing Alabama. Bentley addressed the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel. He said gambling is not the solution to the state budget problems and would not provide enough money to stave off double-digit cuts to law enforcement and other state agencies. Bentley's push to solve a budget shortfall have been repeated by state law enforcement secretary Spencer Collier who said he could find himself in a position to close 13 trooper posts and layoff 99 troopers.
A joint operation between the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Probation Office for the Middle District was carried out last week to verify that all federally supervised sex offenders were living at their registered addressed. Operation Nighthawk conducted checks on 36 registered sex offenders in the area. Deputy Marshal M. Dante Gordon says all but one was in compliance. Gordon says it's the first time the two agencies have partnered for such an operation. He says all involved considered it a resounding success.
The 29 members of the Alabama Senate have been given copies of draft legislation that would allow a lottery and multiple casinos at the state's four greyhound tracks. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh gave his colleagues a copy of the bill Thursday to take home to study over the weekend. The proposal would create a state lottery and allow casinos with table games and slot machines at the four dog tracks. The bill also urges Governor Bentley to seek a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the tribe operates casinos in Montgomery, Wetumpka and Atmore.
A state senator is proposing to take Alabama out of the marriage license business as the state and nation grapple with gay marriage. The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday approved a bill by Republican Greg Albritton of Conecuh County that would do away with current state marriage licenses issued by probate judges. Instead, couples would take a contract witnessed by a couple's pastor, attorney or other witness and record the document at the court.
A deadly wreck Tuesday morning on Interstate 85 North claimed the life of a Prattville man. Police said 26-year-old Ryan Smith was killed when the car he was driving left the interstate and crashed into a ravine near the railroad tracks. The crash occurred near the Chantilly Parkway Exit ramp at about 8:20 Tuesday morning. Accident investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash.
Officials from several state agencies are planning to meet this week to discuss concerns over illegal drug use in the state. Officials say the group is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Montgomery. The meeting comes after public health officials said that hospitals throughout the state have reported more than 400 people between March 15th and April 20th experiencing symptoms linked to the use of synthetic marijuana, known as "spice."
Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over making it the law of the land. Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange have urged the high court to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage.
The first-ever Confederate Memorial Day conference was held on the campus of Alabama State University Monday. Event organizer Dr. Derryn Moten, acting chair of the Department of History and Political Science say hosting the groundbreaking seminar is a reflection of Montgomery's unique existence. Moten says the conference explored the role of African-Americans in the Confederacy, Civil War and Civil Rights.
Montgomery Police have charged 25-year-old Kendrick Devonta Williams with attempted murder in connection with Thursday's shooting that left a man with life-threatening injuries. Police say the shooting happened Thursday at the intersection of Highland and Charles Avenue. Authorities say 34-year-old Sequarras Bishop was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Williams is being on a $30,000 bond at the Montgomery County Jail.