Birmingham, AL – The attorneys representing former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy will have an extra week to consider more evidence. Federal Judge Karon Bowdre Monday delayed the trial one week. She said she "reluctantly" agreed, but did so in the interest of justice. She rescheduled opening statements for January 25th. Scrushy has pleaded innocent to charges he orchestrated a conspiracy to overstate HealthSouth earnings by more than two-point-six billion dollars. His charges include fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Montgomery, AL – State agriculture officials are compiling a database that will track farm animals throughout their lives. The state accelerated the push for a livestock tracking system after recent news that another Canadian dairy cow tested positive for mad cow disease. State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks says the Alabama Premises Registration System would be voluntary and would not create costs for farmers. State Veterinarian Doctor Tony Frazier says the state hopes to register 75 percent of farms by the end of the year.
Montgomery, AL – Colonel Barbara Faulkenberry is coming to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery to direct the Air Force's Squadron Officer College. She has spent the past 18 months as commander of the 375th Airlift Wing at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. She also has spent most of her career as a navigator of K-C-135 tankers. They's sent on air refueling missions across the world. Faulkenberry says she's eager to start her next assignment.