Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford has lost an appeal of his conviction on bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and other charges. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday turned down Langford's appeal of his conviction on 60 counts concerning his activities when he was president of the Jefferson County Commission. ...Read more
Students at the University of Alabama whose May commencement was cancelled in the aftermath of the April 27 tornado are getting a chance to formally receive their degrees.
Three commencement ceremonies will be held Friday and Saturday in Tuscaloosa. University spokeswoman Cathy Andreen says degrees will be awarded to students whose commencement was cancelled and also students who graduated over the summer. ...Read more
Greenetrack employees are counting down the days until electronic bingo machines are returned to the facility. A judge has ruled the state must return Greenetrack's seized property within ten days. On June 1, the state Attorney General's staff and police removed some gaming machines from Greenetrack because they said a court needed to determine the legality of the machines. Greenetrack CEO Luther Winn, Jr., says the June 1 raid was a mistake and he hopes the machines will stay for good. Winn says he plans to reopen as soon as possible. He also hopes to re-hire ...Read more
Tuscaloosa Police have found the woman they say is responsible for two bank robberies in West Alabama. 44-year-old Sherry Simmons Etheridge is charged with first degree robbery and making a terrorist threat. She's accused of dressing up like a man and robbing the Regions Bank in Brookwood and the Bank of Tuscaloosa in Cottondale. On Thursday, Tuscaloosa Police, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Deputies, and the FBI arrested Etheridge at her home in Adger, near Hueytown. Etheridge is charged with making a terrorist threat because she said she had a bomb, which forced the B ...Read more
Three separate lawsuits seeking to stop Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants have been consolidated into one case. U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn ruled Wednesday she would consider all three lawsuits together and will hear arguments made in all three suits seeking to block implementation of the law on Sept. 1. She has scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. Aug. 24 in Birmingham to consider those motions. ...Read more