Undated – Beginning Friday, Alabama's senior citizens will have two more weeks to get 600 dollars from Medicare. The money would come through the program's drug discount card program. After December 31st, the program's 2005 cycle will begin, and seniors will NO longer be able to collect the 2004 benefit amount. Nationwide, only five-point-eight million of the more than 34 million eligible seniors have signed up for the cards.
Undated – Rural, two-lane highways across the Southeast apparently are the deadliest in the nation. A Georgia Tech study suggests nearly a third of the nation's traffic deaths happened in Alabama and throughout the South between 1996 and 2000. About 64 percent of those accidents happened on rural roads. Most of the accidents involved late-night drivers who were either tired or drunk. Most of those involved were males aged between 16 and 25, and the accidents usually happened on weekends.
Birmingham, AL – Prosecutors in the Eric Robert Rudolph bombing trial have been ordered to turn over information about a bomb found outside Birmingham police headquarters in 1996. The decision came Wednesday after Rudolph's lawyers said that bomb could be linked to a deadly 1998 bomb blast at an abortion clinic just a few miles away. No one was charged with planting the police station bomb, and prosecutors deny suggestions that the two incidents are connected.
Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Public Service Commission is hoping to reduce some of the telephone charges some Alabamians pay. The commission has approved a plan that targets counties where service is divided into several local telephone companies. Sometimes rural residents must make a long distance call even if they're calling someone just a few miles away. The proposal creates expanded local calling areas, and it will cost 22 dollars a month. Participants would be able to talk up to 12 hundred minutes a month under the plan.