Birmingham, AL – The judicial merry-go-round continued Tuesday in the criminal case against former Governor Don Siegelman. U-S District Judge Scott Coogler has stepped down from the case because his children have been treated by Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo. Bobo is one of Siegelman's co-defendants. Coogler became the third judge to step aside from the case to avoid conflict of interest concerns. The case has been reassigned to U-S District Judge U-W Clemon, who's the chief federal judge in north Alabama.
Montgomery, AL – The Montgomery Regional Airport resumed operations Monday after temporarily shutting down. Airport officials closed the airport after a small plane made an emergency landing. The nose gear of the King Air turboprop collapsed, and the pilot was forced to make a hard landing. The plane skidded a short distance but did not catch fire. Rescue workers were called, but the three people on board were not hurt. It happened around 12 o'clock. The airport shut down about an hour and a half.
Fairhope, AL – More than 100 soldiers from the Fairhope-based 1165th Military Police Company are coming home from Iraq Sunday night. The unit has spent 14 months in Iraq. It's the only Alabama Guard unit to have an extended tour--beyond a one-year assignment. Brenda Govan is the chairwoman of the 1165th Family Support Group. She says family members of almost all the soldiers plan to form a convoy and drive to Fort Benning, Georgia, Sunday morning, to welcome the unit home. Hometown ceremonies are planned for later dates.