A new report shows Alabama's prison population continued to increase last year while the number of inmates declined nationwide. The report by the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States shows the number of inmates housed by the state was 31,561 on January 1, an increase of 3.5 percent from a year earlier. ...Read more
The Mobile County Health Department says the February 27 death of a 6-year-old boy is being attributed to swine flu. Health officials say the death brings the number of H1N1 flu fatalities among Mobile County residents to four. The first ...Read more
Northrop Grumman Corp. has decided not to compete against Boeing Co. for the $35 billion the U.S. Air Force will spend to buy its own fleet of refueling tankers. Congressional and industry officials confirmed the decision Monday. ...Read more
Events are under way in Selma commemorating the 45th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" voting rights march. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, was the keynote speaker Sunday morning at the Martin and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast in Selma.
The event kicked off the day-long observance ...Read more
President Barack Obama honored the national championship Alabama football team at a White House event where the president proclaimed, "The Tide is back." The president capped his remarks by declaring "Roll Tide" to the applause of dozens of Alabama fans in attendance. ...Read more
Two weeks after the fatal shootings at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Alabama Senate has passed legislation that would make it easier for people to keep guns in their cars. Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville got the Senate tovote 26-2 for his bill Thursday. ...Read more
A House committee is considering a bill that would require the Alabama Department of Mental Health to get permission from three-fifths of the House and Senate before privatizing care for mental health patients. The House Government Appropriations Committee delayed action Wednesday on the bill by Democratic Rep. Alan Harper of Aliceville. Committee chairman Democratic Rep. ...Read more
The serene eastern coast of Mobile Bay in Baldwin County is suffering erosion and drainage problems that are getting worse and could cost millions of dollars to fix. Members of the Baldwin County Watershed Coalition say they have identified 15 major projects that need to be done over the next three years. ...Read more
Congressman William Delahunt is scheduled to detail his recollections of the investigation into the 1986 death of Amy Bishop's brother. A spokesman for the Massachusetts Democrat says Delahunt will be speaking to the media about the case on Monday. Delahunt was district attorney when the then 21-year-old Bishop shot her 18-year-old brother to death in ...Read more
U.S. Rep. Artur Davis is laying out an economic development plan for his Democratic gubernatorial campaign that includes tax credits for staying in school, creating jobs andincreasing salaries. Davis unveiled his lengthy plan Monday on the Capitol steps in Montgomery. ...Read more
Artur Davis wants to be Alabama's next governor. This weekend, Davis took the opportunity to give his two cents about gambling in the state and the Governor Bob Riley's gaming task force. ...Read more
A controversial West Alabama bingo attraction will no longer be selling alcohol. Greenetrack issued a statement to the Greene County Commission, Greene County Racing Commission and Sheriff's Department, voluntarily surrending its liquor license to the local office of the ABC Board. The statement went into effect as of 12:10p.m. Thursday. ...Read more
Limestone County officials say a 26-year-old Limestone County woman was killed when ice on U.S. 72 caused a car to spin into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. Limestone County Coroner Mike West says the highway was a sheet of ice when the collision occurred Monday morning.
The News Courier reports that West says the victim, identified as Kelly Ann Adams, was a passenger in the car. The truck driver was not injured.