With the weather heating up and school coming to an end, lots of people in West Alabama are ready to pack their bags and head for the coast; however, the oil still spilling into the ocean following last week's huge explosion of a deep water oil rig has some vacationers concerned. ...Read more
Governor Bob Riley has signed legislation that restricts the public's access to recordings of 911 calls and requires a court order for their release. The new law was sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Johnson of Sylacauga. It keeps audio recordings of 911 calls from being released without a court order. ...Read more
BP says crews will begin drilling later this week to try and take the pressure off a blown-out well spewing 42,000 gallons of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. ...Read more
Northport resident Charley Grimsley has gained the support of Save Alabama Pact leaders in his run for State Treasurer. Grimsley's support stems from his successful attempt to save the Alabama PACT Program. The State Treasurer administers the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Plan. Grimsley will face Birmingham attorney Jeremy Sherer in the Democratic Primary June 1.
Alabama officials are getting ready, in case the state's beaches and wetlands are hit by an oil slick from the rig that exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana. State environmental officials held a conference call Monday with emergency planners and contractors who are already preparing to contain any damage from the spill. ...Read more
Clean-up continued in the community of Parrish Monday after an EF-3 tornado tore through Walker County Saturday evening. The National Weather Service says the tornado damaged roughly 80 homes and business throughout Walker County and uprooted about 1,000 trees. Parrish was one of the cities hit particularly hard by the storm, but residents say things could have been much worse, after seeing the destruction in Mississippi.
The National Weather Service says six different tornado tracks moved through North Alabama with winds up to 150 miles per hour over the weekend. Gov. ...Read more
Gov. Haley Barbour has declared Tuesday as a Day of Prayer to remember Mississippians who suffered losses in Saturday's severe weather and for those families who lost loved ones in last week's oil rig accident. Ten people in Mississippi died in Saturday's tornado. ...Read more
Governor Bob Riley has dedicated April 24th as "Picnic in the Park" Day for all of Alabama's 22 State Parks. In West Alabama, Lake Lurleen State Park will be participating in this special day with discounts on entrance fees, free refreshments, and discounts on boat rentals. Kids will get in for free starting at 9 a.m. ...Read more
There's a new development Wednesday in an ongoing issue facing the Tuscaloosa County Commission: prayer at meetings. At Wednesday morning's meeting, Commissioner Bobby Miller told a known prayer protester to stop videotaping the opening prayer and to show more respect. Commissioner ...Read more
An argument over embezzelment accusations has turned into a divide in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. ...Read more
Tensions are running high for some in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and it’s forcing some members to choose sides. It started in Atlanta when the FBI began investigating the chairman and treasurer for embezzlement allegations. A spokesperson in Atlanta says their investigation found $596,000 had been mishandled. ...Read more
The legend of "The Face in the Courthouse Window" has been a staple for many Alabamaians growing up. Now, with the help of a couple Alabama grads, the legend was brought to the stage. Barry Bradford spent a couple days in Carrollton combing through newspapers to research the legend of Henry Wells. ...Read more
A former University of Alabama School of Law professor has been sentenced to one year probation for obstruction of justice. 39 year old Tari Devon Williams pleaded guilty to providing false information and concealing assets from federal agents who were investigating a health-care fraud case against her husband. The federal government says Williams did this to cover up her husband's criminal activity. Williams ...Read more
Governor Bob Riley signed an executive order on Friday to create a new system called The Blue Alert System that will help apprehend criminals who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers. ...Read more