Commissioner Joe Faulk pleaded guilty Thursday to using his office for personal gain, the  Alabama attorney general’s office announced Thursday afternoon. Faulk, 56, accepted pay to promote the Coast2CoastRx discount drug card, one of a handful of discount drug cards endorsed by city or county officials in recent years — discount offers that have often irked local pharmacists who never agreed to the discounts.

A dark-money group at the heart of Gov. Robert Bentley’s ongoing political troubles declared Tuesday that it’s paying no current members of the governor’s staff — including two new staffers who have yet to get a paycheck from state government.

An incoming storm system from the Northwest could put a “dent in the overall drought,” and could come close to making up the November rain deficit in Calhoun County, an official with the National Weather Service in Calera said Saturday.

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