State

Taking Over Cases

April 1, 2010 - 4:14pm

Attorney General Troy King is taking over litigation involving Lowndes County's electronic bingo games from the governor's gambling task force.  King notified the Alabama Supreme Court and the Lowndes County circuit court Thursday afternoon that he was using his authority as attorney general to control the litigation over the legality of machines at the White Hall Entertainment Center. ...Read more

Restricting 911 Calls

March 31, 2010 - 10:04pm

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that will restrict the public’s access to 911 calls and require a court order for their release. House Bill 159 is ready to move to the senate floor for a vote. ...Read more

Ivey Switches Gears

March 31, 2010 - 2:46pm

Republican State Treasurer Kay Ivey is leaving the governor's race to run for lieutenant governor.  Ivey said Wednesday she believes she can be a more effective candidate in the race for lieutenant governor, where the field is much smaller than the governor's race.  She joins Baldwin County school teacher Gene Ponder, Gulf Shores businessman Dean Young, and state Sen. ...Read more

Reducing Dropout Rate

March 31, 2010 - 1:10pm

A commission appointed by the Legislature has set a goal of reducing the state's high school dropout rate by 25 percent in the next five years.  Currently, about 65 percent of high school students graduate.  The Alabama Select Commission on High School Graduation released a report Tuesday that included a number of recommendations. ...Read more

Saving PACT

March 31, 2010 - 12:35pm

A new idea for shoring up Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan has cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature.  The House Education Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Wednesday for a tuition bill offered by Republican Rep. Robert Bentley of Tuscaloosa, who is running for governor.  His proposal would use the money in Alabama's Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan to invest in an annuity-like product that pays a fixed return for 20 years. ...Read more

Grocery Tax

March 31, 2010 - 10:45am

Grocery TaxA proposed constitutional amendment to remove the state's 4 percent sales tax from groceries is set to be considered in a Alabama House committee.  The House Education Appropriations Committee will on Wednesday take up the bill that would remove the sales tax from groceries.  The bill would replace the lost revenue by removing from some taxpayers the deduction for federal income taxes paid. ...Read more

Smoking Ban

March 31, 2010 - 9:23am

Smoking BanAn Alabama Senate committee has approved a bill to ban smoking in restaurants throughout the state. Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile guided her bill through the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. Figures has tried for several years to pass bills restricting smoking in public places, but she has not had success. ...Read more

Jennifer's Journey

March 29, 2010 - 5:48pm
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One Hillcrest High School student is still hospitalized after an car accident last week that resulted in the loss of one of her legs.  Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Abbett was standing outside of the D&G Grocery Store on Bear Creek Road last Wednesday when a truck hit her and pinned her to a steel post.  Abbett was air-lifted to UAB Medical Center where her family says she has been in and out of surgery ever since. ...Read more

Bingo Battle

March 29, 2010 - 4:59pm

Gambling MachineThe 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

"Miracle Worker" Closes

March 29, 2010 - 4:48pm

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

Job Creation

March 29, 2010 - 4:34pm

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

No Census Yet?

March 29, 2010 - 4:03pm

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

College Student Disappears

March 29, 2010 - 12:46pm

CanoeRescue 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

Alabama Bingo Battle

March 25, 2010 - 5:09pm

bingoHouse 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

Riley Gets a Win

March 25, 2010 - 4:15pm

Gavel, Chips, GamblingGov. 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

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