Republican legislators concerned about the federal debt are trying to set up the guidelines for Alabama to participate in a state-led constitutional convention.
Sens. Trip Pittman of Daphne and Arthur Orr of Decatur have introduced bills setting up how Alabama's delegates would be chosen and the limits they would operate under if there is ever a state-led constitutional convention called under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
A former Halliburton manager faces a possible prison term when a federal judge sentences him for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Anthony Badalamenti is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans. Badalamenti pleaded guilty in October to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence and faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Another blast of arctic air is expected to move into the state, bringing temperatures as low as 10 degrees to parts of northern Alabama and high winds across most of the state.
By early Friday morning, low temperatures are expected to drop to around 10 degrees in the Florence, Gadsden and Huntsville areas. Temperatures early Friday morning in Birmingham are expected to drop to 15 degrees.
High winds are expected to accompany the bitterly cold temperatures.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Department of Corrections officials and Gov. Robert Bentley's office say they had been working to improve conditions at Julia Tutwiler Prison before a federal investigation found evidence of inmates being sexually abused.
A report from the U.S. Department of Justice late last week said instances of sexual abuse at the hands of prison staff and others may have been underreported for nearly 20 years.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has backed the Feb. 7 deadline for major party candidates to qualify for Alabama's election.
Secretary of State Jim Bennett said Friday that a judge approved the date as part of a lawsuit that the U.S. Department of Justice filed against Alabama to make sure military personnel and other U.S. citizens living overseas would have enough time to cast their ballots.
The lawsuit led to an agreement to move up the qualifying deadline for Republican and Democratic candidates.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama sorority member who spoke out against segregation among Greek organizations on campus has been honored at a banquet celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Al.com reports that Melanie Gotz was recognized Friday night at the awards ceremony sponsored by local colleges and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Gotz made headlines last year when she told the university's student newspaper how alumnae of her all-white sorority had blocked undergraduates from accepting a qualified prospective member because she was black.
On September 18, 2013, five hundred college students, teachers, and Tuscaloosa residents gathered at the University of Alabama for an anti-racism rally to protest events on campus that prompted national media attention. Two sororities rejected two candidates for membership, allegedly because they were African American. The rally formed at Gorgas Library, marched across the campus' central park and re-grouped at the office of UA President Judy Bonner at the Rose Administration building to demand reforms. APR news director Pat Duggins produced this sound portrait from the rally.