Birmingham, AL – Congressman Artur Davis is defending Alabama Democratic Party chairman Redding Pitt. Davis says some Democratic leaders are wrongly blaming Pitt for the party's lackluster showing in last week's election. Davis says the party's problems are with policies, not personalities. Four Democratic leaders have asked Pitt to resign -- Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, House Speaker Seth Hammett and Senate President Pro Tem Lowell Barron.
Montgomery, AL – The number of traffic fatalities this year has already surpassed the number for all of last year. State Troopers say there have 657 traffic fatalities so far this year. Two hundred-75 of the deaths occurred on county roads. Last year's total number was 576. Triple-A Alabama spokesperson Clay Ingram says he's alarmed by an increase in fatal crashes this month. There were 12 just in the first three days of November. Ingram says most accidents appear to be related to excessive speed and urged motorists to slow down.