Birmingham, AL – U-S Attorney Alice Martin says she will not seek more prison time for former HealthSouth executive Emery Harris. Harris had been ordered to undergo a second sentencing. He has already served five months in prison and is currently serving five more months of house arrest. Martin's revelation followed a recent decision from the Eleventh U-S Circuit Court of Appeals. It ruled that a judge overestimated the amount of money Harris cost investors in HealthSouth's accounting scandal.
Atmore, AL – The Alabama Department of Corrections has scheduled an execution Thursday night at six. David Kevin Hocker is scheduled to die by lethal injection. He was convicted of the 1998 murder and robbery of Jerry Wayne Robinson in Henry County. Hocker dismissed his attorney and waived any further appeals of his death sentence. That's why his execution date comes sooner than usual. It will be carried out at Holman Prison in Atmore.
Undated – Southeast Alabama escaped any major problems associated with Hurricane Jeanne. The storm brought some rain and some wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour to that part of the state. The serious damage occurred in Florida where Jeanne left a trail of destruction and killed at least six people. The storm is now a tropical depression and has been moving through Georgia toward the Carolinas.
Alabama – The American Red Cross is asking for more volunteers. The organization says it needs workers in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Georgia to help with hurricane relief efforts. The agency is looking for a variety of skills, including people who can perform clerical work, prepare and serve meals, and help storm victims identify their needs. Nurses and mental health workers also are in demand. The Red Cross says those volunteers must have a license or proper certification and must know about the local community's resources.