Alabama – American flag displays, memorials and prayerful tributes across Alabama will mark today's second anniversary of the September 11th attacks - - a day for remembering fallen heroes and the innocents who died that terrible day.

Mobile, AL – The Mobile City Council has approved a budget that cuts 2-point-8-6 (M) million dollars -- including from travel and public transit departments, and eliminates dozens of positions.

Montgomery, AL – Many Alabama middle and junior high schools will have to eliminate their sports programs -- as Alabama's public schools are now facing deep budget cuts.

Dan Washburn, executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, predicts the first option for many local superintendents will be to reduce or eliminate sporting programs at middle schools, in an effort to save high school varsity programs.

Mongtomery, AL – A Ten Commandments display put together by Governor Bob Riley opened in an exhibit room at the Capitol. The plaque was praised by some church leaders who support displays of the commandments in government buildings.

Riley had the display built after supporters of a Ten Commandments monument that was removed from the state judicial building presented him with a plaque bearing the commandments last week.

Montgomery, AL – Governor Bob Riley's 1-point-2 billion dollar tax plan has been rejected overwhelmingly tonight.

Voters agreed with opponents who say Alabama needs spending controls rather than the largest tax increase in state history.

The Republican governor promoted the tax package -- the largest percentage tax boost proposed in any state -- as the way to get Alabama off the bottom of many national education rankings.

Montgomery, AL – Voters going to the polls for today's tax and accountability referendum will be asked for more than just their names when they line up to cast ballots.

Voters will also be asked for proof of their identity as Alabama's new voter identification law, approved by the Legislature in June, is implemented for the first time.

Voters will be asked to provide one of more than a dozen forms of acceptable identification, including a driver's license, a birth certificate, a hunting or fishing license and a utility bill.

Washington, DC – Thousands of National Guard and Army Reserve forces, including citizen soldiers from Alabama, are in for a longer stay in Iraq.

The Army is reportedly extending their tours of duty in Iraq and surrounding countries to a year, months longer than many troops had anticipated.

The Washington Post reports the new policy was issued Friday without a formal announcement. It means many Guard and Army Reserve troops could have their original year-long mobilizations extended by up to six months.

Montgomery, AL – Governor Riley's tax plan is trailing in early returns. Opponents are leading in every county reporting early returns.

Secretary of State Nancy Worley -- the state's chief election official -- says voter turnout was strong for a special election. She predicts the turnout will be 45 percent to 50 percent. The turnout for the lottery referendum four years ago was 45 percent.

Tuscaloosa, AL – "It felt like just coming out of the tunnel on the west end, just seeing all those fans reminded me of when I was a player and when I got under the tunnel here, I was kidding Coach Radar that was where I used to warm up with him."

That tunnel at Legion Field in Birmingham has seen generations of Alabama football players pass through. This time, the tunnel saw Mike Shula to his head coaching debut, and a come-from-behind victory.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama's highest judicial official, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, says he has an obligation to uphold God's law above the laws of man. Chief Justice Moore is a Christian, and he believes the Biblical Ten Commandments are the cornerstone of America's legal heritage.

"The acknowledgement of Almighty God is the basis for our justice system. It is the source of our law. It is the foundation of our country."

Pages

Latest APR Newscast

Don Noble's Book Reviews

Program: Don Noble's Book Reviews

This Week Don Reviews "The Ex-Suicide: A Mountain Brook Novel" By: Katherine Clark

Speaking of Pets with Mindy Norton

Steve Flowers' Political Commentaries