A State and Federal partnership plans to spend three hundred thousand dollars in Alabama’s Black Belt region to help generate jobs. The Delta Regional Authority will target Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, and Washington counties where unemployment is typically high. Half of the grant will be spend on a system to help employers identify and train new workers. The other half is for a study on how to better train groups like young people and native Americans. The Delta Regional Authority was created by Congress to address unemployment.
Alabama Education system is still basking in the news that the state's high school graduation rate increased to eighty six percent for the class of 2014. That figure is up from 80 percent the prior year. John Bridgeland is the C-E-O of Civic Enterprises. That’s a group that advocates efforts in decreasing dropout rates. He says Alabama has had many hurdles to clear and the state is seeing improvement among minority groups…
Troy University's new School of Science and Technology just received a one million dollar donation.
Troy officials say the donation will fund an eminent scholar faculty position beginning in the spring. The money comes from Former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett. Everett says he's been interested in science and technology since he served in the Air Force and he believes supporting science and technology is vital.
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman could go free pending his appeal. U.S. District judge Clay Land says he will decide by the end of the week if Seigelman should be released from prison while appealing his 2006 bribery conviction. Land questioned the prosecution and defense on whether the original U.S. attorney's ties to Republican politics tainted the prosecution of the former Democratic governor. The prosecution says Laura Canary’s participation was minimal. The defense says she championed the case even after recusing herself.
A judge says he will decide by the end of the week if former Governor Don Siegelman should be released from prison while appealing his 2006 bribery conviction. U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land held a hearing Monday in Montgomery. Siegelman was transported to the hearing from a federal prison in Louisiana. Land said he has to decide the likelihood of Siegelman winning before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals next month. Land questioned the prosecution and defense on whether the original U.S.
The State may cut tax deduction exemptions to balance the budget. At least, that’s what some Alabama republicans are suggesting. Governor Robert Bentley will propose Alabama's first major revenue-raising package since 2003. Since then, the General Fund budget has been patched together with borrowed money, federal stimulus funds and other non-recurring revenue. Bentley says he's working a bold, long-term solution to make the budget work. The one thing Bentley says he won’t support is the expansion of gambling. `
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's largest insurer now offers family coverage to legally married gay couples in order to comply with a federal rule that insurance companies must treat married couples the same, regardless of sexual orientation. A spokeswoman for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama said the company began offering same-sex spousal coverage for underwritten plans in early 2014 in response to federal regulations.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The inaugural class for the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame has been selected. The Tuscaloosa News reports 12 writers have been selected and will be inducted in June 2015. The hall of fame is a partnership between the Alabama Center for the Book and the Alabama Writer's Forum. The 12 writers selected are: Rick Bragg, Andrew Glaze, Harper Lee, Sonia Sanchez, Sena Jeter Naslund and posthumous inductees Johnson Jones Hooper, Augusta Jane Evans Wilson, Helen Keller, Zora Neal Hurston, William March, Albert Murray and Helen Norris Bell.
“For me, it was just a day of resolve and resolution, and I said ‘sign me up,” says James Stewart “Well, the first thing I tell them is that I went to jail, and they go ‘Oooh, Grandmama,” and I say well, let me explain…” recalled Eloise Gaffney. “It was just…you knew God was on your side,” says Washington Booker. “And we knew that it didn’t matter what we were facing. You knew if God was on your side, you’d overcome it.” Stewart, Gaffney, and Booker are all in their early sixties. They’re all from Birmingham. They’re all African American. And fifty years ago, they made national news.
Alabama Public Radio is looking back on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. It was on August 5, 1864 when the engagement helped to both seal the fate of the Confederacy, and put Abraham Lincoln into a second term in office. The APR news team is examining Alabama’s role in the Civil War in 1864. For some, the conflict has turned into an expensive hobby that can get pretty loud…
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In 2015, Gov. Robert Bentley will propose Alabama's first major revenue-raising package since voters defeated Gov. Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax package in 2003. Since that defeat, Alabama's General Fund budget has been patched together with borrowed money, federal stimulus funds and other non-recurring revenue. Bentley says he's working a bold, long-term solution that he will have ready for the new Legislature when it convenes in March.
A pet can be one of the best gifts, but it should never be a surprise. In fact, it's a good idea to have the whole family involved in deciding to adopt a new best friend, and then in choosing the pet. Visit your local shelter or rescue group today - you might make this Christmas bright for one lucky animal!
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Dothan hospital employee has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing patients' identities to file fraudulent tax returns. Kamarian Millender of Headland received the sentence Friday in Montgomery. He pleaded guilty in July to one count of aggravated identity theft. Court records show Millender worked as a lab technician at Flowers Hospital in Dothan and stole patient records containing personal identifying information. Then he used the information to file fraudulent tax returns and obtain refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.