The governor's gambling task force is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to block a judge's injunction that keeps the task force from raiding VictoryLand in Macon County. The task force filed court papers Tuesday saying Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young "has turned the hierarchy of state government complete ...Read more
The Broadway revival of "The Miracle Worker" will close April 4 after a disappointing run of less than two months and a loss of more than $2.5 million. The production stars Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller and Alison Pill as Annie Sullivan, the determined young woman who teaches the deaf and blind Helen how to communicate. Keller was taught by Sullivan in north Alabama. ...Read more
The Alabama Legislature convened in January with lots of talk about providing tax breaks for businesses to help reduce Alabama's record unemployment. Now the session is nearing an end with only one bill close to passage. Republican Rep. Robert Bentley of Tuscaloosa has been quietly guiding his bill through the Legislature without a negative vote. All he needs is a vote in the Senate to send his bill to the governor for signing into law. ...Read more
You have probably hear about it a million times now. It is time to fill out you 2010 Census form. By now, most people have gotten the form in their mailbox. Some have even filled it out, and returned it. But what do you do if you haven't received your Census form yet? ...Read more
Rescue workers and law enforcement officers are searching Smith Lake in north Alabama for a college student who disappeared canoeing. The president of the Smith Lake Task Force, J.C. Poe, said three men were canoeing on the lake Saturday evening when the canoe capsized. He said one of the men, a 21-year-old college student, did not make it out of the water. Poe is also the Walker County coroner. ...Read more
House Speaker Seth Hammett says state Sen. Roger Bedford has improved his electronic bingo bill by making it simpler, but it doesn't appear to have gained him any votes inthe Senate. Hammett said Thursday the bill still appears two votes short of the 21 votes needed in the Senate. ...Read more
Gov. Bob Riley has scored another win in the electronic bingo battle at the Alabama Supreme Court. The court has refused to dismiss Riley's appeal of a judge's order that said the attorney general has authority to take over the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling. ...Read more
The Postal Service has taken the first step toward cutting back mail delivery to five days a week. The postal governing board agreed to ask the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for an opinion on dropping Saturday delivery. That request goes to the commission next week. Postal officials say the change would save more than $3 billion annually. ...Read more
The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill that would stop public schools from continuing to pay the salary of teachers convicted of major felonies or sex offenses involving a child. The Senate voted 33-0 to approve the bill Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Chad Fincher of Semmes, cleared the Houses in February. The bill now goes to the governor. ...Read more
A roofing company has announced plans to build a plant in Sylacauga, creating at least 50 jobs. A representative for IKO Industries, a residential and commercial roofing business, sent out a press release on Wednesday announcing the plans. The release says the project will be astate-of-the-art, high-performance shingle plant.
The company says it plans to open the plant late next year. Mayor Sam Wright noted that construction of the plant will itself be a positive development for the city.
The Attorney General's news conference Monday "amounts to a declaration of war," according to Anti-Gambling Task Force Leader John Tyson. The Mobile County District Attorney fired back after Attorney General Troy King held a news conference to announce a takeover of Governor Bob Riley's task force. ...Read more
Here is Governor Bob Riley's statement about Attorney General Troy King's announcement about taking over the Gambling Task Force. This comes from the Governor's Office.
"I am deeply disappointed by the Attorney General's continuing course of conduct pertaining to the enforcement of Alabama's criminal laws against slot machines. ...Read more
Gubernatorial Candidate Artur Davis was in Tuscaloosa Tuesday to talk about his plan for building up Alabama after the economic recession. In his news conference, Davis called the recession a clear and present danger. The governor-hopeful said the main way to combat the recession is to make sure the state government is on the side of businesses across the state. ...Read more
House Bill 565, a referendum on Sunday alcohol sales, passed through Alabama's state senate Tuesday afternoon. For over a decade, many Tuscaloosa leaders have been working towards this opportunity. However, not everyone in the community is in agreement over the issue. ...Read more
The April 1 deadline is quickly approaching and now college students are wondering if they should leave filling out their census to their parents. According to John McConnell from the City of Tuscaloosa Planning department, he says "If you go to school here and you lay your head here, then you should be counted in Tuscaloosa."
But some students say they just don't have the time to get it done. Danie Coon, a University of Alabama student says, "It just seems I don't have the time to do that between work and school and everything else I have going on." ...Read more