Attorney General Troy King is assuming control of Governor Bob Riley's anti-gambling task force. Monday, King announced that "enough is enough" after 448 days of no arrests and no convictions from the task force. King called the task force a failure. He said he had given advice a month ago, but all his advice has been rejected since he asked the governor to reform the task force.
An Alabama bakery is set to be featured on the Food Network show "Unwrapped." Sister Schubert's Homemade Rolls will be shown on the"Feel-Good Foods" episode on Monday. The episode was filmed last September at the company's main plant in Luverne and features interviews with founder Patricia "Sister Schubert" Barnes and workers. It will also have interior footage of the bakery, which produces more than one million rolls per day. ...Read more
A proposed hurricane evacuation highway linking Interstates 10 and 65 appears likely to follow the route preferred by Baldwin County officials. Baldwin County Commissioner Frank Burt says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers favored the county's route, which would roughly parallel Alabama 59. ...Read more
The cities of Birmingham, Trussville and a group of citizens have appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court the recent Jefferson County Circuit Court decision that allowed a strip club to operate. Records show the cities and the Citizens to Protect Derby Parkway filed three separate appeals with the state's high court on March 11. ...Read more
An Alabama judge has sentenced a husband and wife who worked as contract drivers for the U.S. Postal Service to probation for failing to deliver thousands of pieces of mail. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Butler Jr. Monday sentenced 28-year-old Jeffrey M. Brown and 27-year-old Cassie L. Brown to probation for delay or destruction of the mail. ...Read more
Information missing from a state crime database is allowing some people to buy guns in Alabama when the purchases should be barred. The Press-Register of Mobile reported Sunday that a database at the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center has 2.7 million arrest records that don't reflect case outcomes. Sometimes, people can buy guns when previous court cases should bar the deals. In Mobile, a man who purchased a military-style rifle despite a marijuana arrest was later sentenced to prison for possessing the weapon. ...Read more
The future of the governor's gambling task force is now in the hands of the Alabama Supreme Court. The court is considering arguments over whether the task force's commander, Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson, has legal authority in the post. A Macon County judge blocked the task force March 5 by ruling that Tyson only has authority in Mobile County. ...Read more
The annual tax deadline is quickly approaching. If you're worried about how you'll pay for your taxes, you're not alone. There are some options, but only if you file your taxes. ...Read more
A North Dakota girl who volunteer in West Alabama Tuesday was hit and killed by a car in Florida Wednesday. Sarah Martinsen, 21, was traveling around the country with 40 other students doing community service work during spring break. North Dakota State University in Fargo says Martinsen was hit by a vehicle while jogging. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. ...Read more
The judge set to preside over accused UAH shooter Amy Bishop's upcoming preliminary hearing Tuesday on capital murder and attempted murder charges issued a gag order in the case Thursday. District Judge Ruth Ann Hall barred attorneys for both the prosecution and defense as well as law enforcement personnel from talking to the media. ...Read more
A newspaper is reporting that a Lancaster County couple believes an underwater snapshot they took off the coast of Aruba reveals human remains on the ocean floor. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported Thursday that the photo taken by John and Patti Muldowney of Manheim last fall has been turned over to the FBI. Patti Muldowney took the shot while snorkeling near the Caribbean island. ...Read more
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