Jefferson County en Jefferson County Approves Budget <p>Jefferson County commissioners have approved a more than $463 million budget presented by County Manager Tony Petelos.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The commission approved the budget on Tuesday.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; WBRC-TV reports ( that it includes more money to purchase equipment which has been neglected for years because of the county's money troubles.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The budget will include a 2 percent cost-of-living raise for county workers for the first time in years. Petelos said the county needs to do more to keep workers from leaving.<br> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:25:17 +0000 The Associated Press 38105 at Jefferson County Approves Budget Ala. Highway Agency Reopening I-20 At Birmingham <p></p><p>The Alabama Department of Transportation says it's ending what has been a traffic nightmare for many travelers near Birmingham.</p><p>The state says it will reopen westbound Interstate 20 in eastern Jefferson County on Thursday, weather permitting.</p><p>About 74,000 vehicles travel through the area each day. The state closed first the eastbound and then the westbound lanes for resurfacing work.</p><p>The detours have led to traffic jams and delays, but the state says all the work is supposed to be done by early winter.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:24:17 +0000 The Associated Press 37263 at Ala. Highway Agency Reopening I-20 At Birmingham Ala. Taxi Drivers Will Help Police Fight Crime Birmingham and Jefferson County are getting some extra help fighting crime. About 100 taxi drivers in Jefferson County have been trained to be on the lookout for suspicious activity. If they see something, they can call police and report it immediately. Yellow Cab announced the new "TOP" or Taxis on Patrol program Monday in front of Birmingham City Hall. The taxis will be equipped with GPS technology that can send and receive information. They will also have security cameras that will be able to help police during investigations. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:10:50 +0000 The Associated Press 19617 at Ala. Taxi Drivers Will Help Police Fight Crime Birmingham Loses Fight To Keep Hospital Open The City of Birmingham has lost the court fight to keep the Cooper Green Mercy hospital open for the poor. The city was unable to force Jefferson County in the latest round in court Wednesday to keep hospital open and operating as usual. Lawsuits against the county are effectively frozen in place until the county emerges from bankruptcy under Chapter 9. The city asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett to lift a stay so the city could sue the county in state court. The county commission voted in August to close the inpatient unit and emergency room at the county owned hospital. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:14:03 +0000 The Associated Press 19425 at Birmingham Loses Fight To Keep Hospital Open Jefferson County To Create Public Defender System <p><b><font face="Arial">Jefferson County courts are switching to a public defender system in a move meant to control costs.</font></b></p><p><b><font face="Arial">Circuit Judge Scott Vowell said the new public defender&#39;s office will have a dedicated staff of attorneys to represent defendants who cannot afford their own attorney. Right now, judges appoint private lawyers to represent indigent defendants.</font></b></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:23:26 +0000 Associated Press 15056 at Jefferson County To Create Public Defender System