Federal officials say more than 90% of the millions of cubic yards of debris left by the April 27 tornadoes has been removed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday the storms left more than 10 million cubic yards of debris. FEMA says an effort by volunteers and local, state and federal agencies has gotten rid of the great majority of the debris. FEMA says that to date, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has hauled away more than 4.7 million cubic yards of right-of-way, waterway and private property debris and deposited it in landfills. ...Read more
Leaders of Alabama's largest county have cancelled a meeting on filing a record-breaking bankruptcy to allow more time to consider a settlement offer from lenders. Jefferson County commission officials said the commission's Thursday afternoon meeting was cancelled. The move came after Wall Street lenders responded to the county's latest offer to settle more than $3 billion in debts left by bad sewer bonds. Commissioner Jimmie Stephens said the creditors' response was "not real close" to the latest county proposal for paying down the debt. ...Read more
The federal government is now paying the salary for almost 40 Alabama state troopers. The Department of Public Safety says it laid off 38 troopers on Thursday. But they were immediately rehired using federal grant money. The agency says motorists won't see any change on state highways, and no patrols are being curtailed. The department is facing a $6 million budget shortfall, and the grant will cover almost half of that.
Two mental health facilities in Tuscaloosa are about to undergo major changes, which will likely leave some employees without a job.
Around two dozen people affected by layoffs at Bryce Hospital, Partlow Developmental Center and the Taylor Hardin Medical Facility attended a meeting with questions ready on Wednesday evening. ...Read more