The federal judge in Alabama's gambling corruption trial has asked jurors to keeping deliberating after they told him they had decided on some of the counts but are deadlocked on others. Prosecutors and the attorney for accused casino owner Milton McGregor urged the judge Tuesday to tell them to keep talking.
Jurors are debating the case of nine people accused of buying and selling votes for pro-gambling legislation. Charged include McGregor and four former or current state lawmakers. The jury will return on Wednesday morning to keep talking. ...Read more
With a new school year beginning Wednesday, the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education is close to having a budget for the 2012 fiscal year, which starts October 1. During Monday's meeting at Brookwood Middle School, Chief Financial Officer Patrick Conner proposed a $190 million budget. It is about $25 million less than last year's budget. This is due to a loss in state and federal funds. Due to the cuts, the system will have 20 fewer teachers in classrooms this year, yet there has been an increase in student population. Conner is very concerned about the lost re ...Read more
Alabama employers are facing a one-time assessment of $5.60 for a typical employee to help pay interest on money the state borrowed to cover unemployment benefits. State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Monday his department will send letters to employers about the 0.07 percent assessment of the employer's 2010 taxable wages. The assessment applies to the first $8,000 of an employee's wages, or $5.60 for a typical employee. The assessment due Sept. 9 will repay interest due to the U.S. ...Read more
The federal government says it's settling a decades-old desegregation case involving public schools in Pickens County. A Justice Department statement issued Monday says Pickens County officials will be required to develop policies to help eliminate the remnants of racial segregation. Those lingering problems include racial disparities in discipline, grade retention, graduation rates and scholarships. ...Read more