Montgomery, AL – The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee has passed a proposal that would revise the state's open meetings law. The bill would define which meetings must be open and how much public notice must be given before those meetings. The committee approved it on a voice vote without opposition, and the bill now goes to the Senate. Its sponsor, Senator Zeb Little, says he's encouraged by the support. The committee did make at least one change. It would allow people to record public meetings without requesting permission.
Fort Stewart, GA – Members of the 498th Transportation Company of Mobile earned 13 Bronze Stars and 18 Purple Hearts during their year in Iraq. The soldiers transported supplies to military units across Iraq and conducted more than six-thousand missions to all major cities in that country. One hundred-25 members of the Army Reserve unit returned to the U-S Tuesday morning. They're at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where they'll stay for the next several days to finish paperwork. Then, they'll return to Alabama.