Mobile, AL – It became official Friday morning. Mobile Mayor Mike Dow will not run for re-election. It's not much of a surprise. He has said before that he will leave public office to spend more time with his family. He says he also would like to return to the business world. Dow has spent nearly 16 years as Mobile's mayor -- that's four terms in office. Meanwhile, former state Senator Ann Bedsole says she will campaign for the city's top job. She says if she wins, she'll serve only one term.
Huntsville, AL – The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on Friday upheld an earlier decision concerning a north Alabama adoption case. Last November, the court voided an adoption by a Huntsville couple. It voted four to one, ruling the couple's June 2003 adoption of a baby from Georgia was not proper because the biological father had not consented. The adoptive parents asked the court to reconsider. Friday, the court issued a revised opinion that reached the same conclusion. However, today's vote was split three-to-two.
Mobile, AL – Mobile Mayor Mike Dow says he will not run for re-election. Dow has led the city for almost 16 years. He confirmed Thursday that he will step aside from public office to spend more time with his family and return to the business world. Dow's decisionwas widely expected. Former state Senator Ann Bedsole, meanwhile, says she'll run for the Port City's top job. But Bedsole also says she'll limit herself to one term.
Montgomery, AL – The newest nominee for the Auburn University board of trustees will get his first test Thursday in the state Senate. The Senate Confirmations Committee will review the selection of Sam Ginn of California. The wireless phone magnate is an Auburn graduate. He did give $25 million to Auburn's engineering school. Ginn must be approved by the Senate committee as well as the full Senate to serve as an Auburn trustee. He was nominated for the post in January by a selection committee headed by Governor Riley.
Montgomery, AL – Legislators continue to discuss the possibility of giving state employees a cost-of-living raise. The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved two bills Wednesday. They would mandate a four percent raise for active and retired state employees. The bills passed with bipartisan support. Governor Bob Riley, however, is pushing for a different pay raise bill. It would provide a four percent raise only if extra money becomes available in the state General Fund.