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Fired North Courtland policeman faces 2 counts of vehicular homicide by AnnistonStar
Apr 08, 2011 |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
A Lawrence County grand jury has indicted a former North Courtland police officer on two counts of vehicular homicide, Sheriff Gene Mitchell confirmed Thursday. The former officer, Brandon Shane Mundy, was involved in a wreck that killed two people last summer. Mundy was fired by the North Courtl...
Alabama House approves bill that would ban elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy by AnnistonStar
Apr 08, 2011 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
A bill that would ban elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on what the sponsor said was "scientific evidence" showing an unborn fetus feels pain was approved today by the Alabama House.   The bill by Rep. Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, was approved on a 69-19 vote after the Republican...
Sterilization problem led to IV infections, Alabama health department says by AnnistonStar
Apr 08, 2011 |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
A failure in the sterilization process at a Birmingham pharmacy appears to have caused the infection that sickened 19 people in Alabama hospitals, nine of whom died, the state health department said Thursday. Investigators found exact matches of the bacteria on a water faucet, a container and a d...
Alabama House shouts 'No!' to temporary pay cut by AnnistonStar
Apr 07, 2011 |  6 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The Alabama House this morning shouted down a proposed resolution that would have rolled back legislative pay by 15 percent until Sept. 30. The House refused to consider a resolution offered by Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, that would have tracked the 15 percent cut imposed by Gov. Robert Bent...
Aliceville man arrested, charged with supplying drugs to teen girls by AnnistonStar
Apr 07, 2011 |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
A 23-year-old man has been charged with furnishing drugs to two teenage girls — one of whom almost died from an overdose. Jerry Dewayne McGatha, 23, was charged with two counts of furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, which is a Class A felony, and two counts of contributing to the delinq...
Robert Bentley forms coastal insurance commission; special legislative session on issue planned by AnnistonStar
Apr 07, 2011 |  1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Gov. Robert Bentley created a commission today to study coastal insurance issues, which spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis described as a prelude to a special session of the Legislature that Bentley has promised for later this year to address the problem.  “The lack of affordable homeowners insurance for...
Alabama Senate panel OKs Gov. Robert Bentley's first operating budget but full Senate likely to make changes by AnnistonStar
Apr 07, 2011 |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The  Senate's Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee today approved  Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed operating budget and the General Fund for non-education agencies for next year. But senators plan to rewrite the bill Thursday when the full 35-member Senate debates the spending plan....
No one hurt; school bus a total loss in Talladega collision by AnnistonStar
Apr 06, 2011 |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
A school bus versus industrial machinery accident Tuesday morning on Alabama 21 resulted in no injuries, although the bus was totaled. Talladega Police Chief Alan Watson said the collision happened about 7 a.m. Tuesday. The bus was in the northbound lane and a wide load truck was approaching from...
Alabama Power, ADEM to challenge EPA regulation on smoke emissions by AnnistonStar
Apr 06, 2011 |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Alabama Power Co. and the state of Alabama are planning to challenge a policy reversal by the Environmental Protection Agency that further regulates how often industrial plants can emit a thicker, darker smoke.  The EPA in 2008, near the end of the administration of then-President George W. Bush,...
Alabama tax collections for education show little change from last year's pace by AnnistonStar
Apr 05, 2011 |  1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Tax collections for the state Education Trust Fund are showing little change from last year's pace, but key lawmakers Monday predicted the fund would grow enough in coming months to avoid yet another cut in budgeted spending. Tax collections for the trust fund totaled $2.57 billion in October thr...

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