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Greene County 76-year-old gets 10 years for drugs, money-laundering conspiracy by AnnistonStar
Jan 24, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
A federal judge last week ratified a 10-year prison sentence that prosecutors worked out with a Greene County man who admitted involvement in a drug ring that sold large amounts of cocaine and marijuana throughout Alabama. Benjamin Knox, 76, of Eutaw, was indicted in 2005 along with his two sons ...
Alabama coastline named 1 of 10 most endangered places in the South by AnnistonStar
Jan 21, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The Alabama coastline has been named one of the 10 most endangered places in the South by the Southern Environmental Law Center. Although Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida saw plenty of oil, Alabama’s coastline was the only one singled out for the list, because of this quirk: For its purposes, t...
Sylacauga police charge 19-year-old with rape by AnnistonStar
Jan 20, 2011 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The Police Department reported Wednesday the arrest of a 19-year-old Sylacauga man for first-degree rape charges. Capt. Chris Carden stated in a release the crime allegedly occurred around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The victim, a 65-year-old woman from Marbury, told police she was approached by the offen...
Ethics training for lobbyists starts Monday by AnnistonStar
Jan 20, 2011 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The first training session for lobbyists on the 2010 Ethics Law updates is scheduled for Monday in Montgomery, and three more are planned this year, Ethics Commission Director James Sumner Jr. said Wednesday. The state’s 654 registered lobbyists are required to attend a seminar on Ethics Law revi...
Don Siegelman, Richard Scrushy lawyers argue in Florida court to have convictions tossed by AnnistonStar
Jan 20, 2011 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Lawyers for former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth Corp. chief executive Richard Scrushy asked a federal appeals court today to reverse their convictions in a political corruption case, arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling nullified several of the most serious charges. Siegel...
Study: Health care law repeal could cost 2 million Alabamians their insurance by AnnistonStar
Jan 19, 2011 |  2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
As the health care repeal debate began Tuesday in Congress, the Obama administration released a study saying that without the new law, between 790,000 and 2 million Alabamians could be denied insurance because of pre-existing medical conditions. State leaders voiced skepticism about the study and...
Bentley disbands task force on gambling, expects budget cuts by AnnistonStar
Jan 19, 2011 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
In his first full day in office, Gov. Robert Bentley disbanded the Task Force on Illegal Gambling, swore in his Cabinet, and said he will likely announce across the board budget cuts soon. In his first executive order, Bentley on Tuesday disbanded the Task Force on Illegal Gambling created by his...
Alabama auto production surged in 2010 by AnnistonStar
Jan 19, 2011 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
After a sickly 2009, Alabama's auto industry made a strong comeback last year, with output that surged more than 50 percent. All three of the state's auto assembly factories ratcheted up their 2010 production significantly, putting workers on overtime as the global industry recovered from a deep ...
Stepmom of DeBlase children pleads not guilty to capital murder by AnnistonStar
Jan 18, 2011 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Heather Leavell-Keaton pleaded not guilty to capital murder today in connection with the deaths of her two young stepchildren. Natalie DeBlase, 4, and Chase DeBlase 3, were reported missing, and possibly dead, in November, and police learned that the children's biological mother in Mobile hadn't ...
Andalusia mother charged with breaking infant's arm to give boyfriend quiet lunch by AnnistonStar
Jan 18, 2011 |  1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
A Covington County grand jury has indicted the Andalusia mother accused of breaking her 1-year-old daughter’s arm in three places, dragging her up a flight of stairs and locking her in a bedroom so she and her boyfriend could allegedly “eat lunch without hearing the crying.” Tiffany Ann Riley, 21...

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