Alabama state troopers handled more than twice as many wrecks as normal during the snow and ice storm that paralyzed parts of the state last week.
Troopers released statistics Tuesday showing officers investigated a total of 731 accidents from Tuesday through Friday. Roads were either frozen over or blocked with abandoned vehicles across a wide area during those days.
Troopers on average would handle about 336 wrecks over a four-day period.
Voters in four Alabama counties are going to the polls to fill three vacancies in the Alabama House of Representatives. House District 31 in Elmore and Coosa counties is having a Republican runoff between Mike Holmes and Jimmy Collier. The winner has no Democratic opposition. Voters in part of Jefferson County are choosing between Anthony "Alan" Johnson and Arthur Shores Lee in the Democratic runoff for House District 53. The winner faces Republican Willie "W.A." Casey in March.
Alabama legislators are returning to Montgomery after last week's meeting schedule got interrupted by the winter storm. Both the Senate and the House get back to work Tuesday afternoon. Alabama Senate leaders hope to vote on a proposal to ban legislators from becoming lobbyists for two years after they leave office. A loophole in current law allows lawmakers to resign and immediately lobby the chamber opposite where they served. Some Republicans are pushing the bill after several GOP lawmakers resigned last year.
A federal judge says he will rule quickly on whether to throw out a lawsuit challenging Alabama's new tax credits for families that move their children from failing public schools.
U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins on Monday heard from attorneys for the Southern Poverty law Center, which has sued on behalf of eight children in poor, rural counties. He also heard from the attorney general's office, which wants the suit against the governor and other state officials dismissed.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With a first name like "Trip," an Alabama senator was bound to prompt jokes by pushing a bill mandating drug testing for legislators. But Sen. Trip Pittman says he's serious. The Republican from Daphne is trying to pass a bill requiring drug testing of welfare applicants with drug convictions in the last five years, and he says he proposed drug testing for legislators so they can lead by example. Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton of Greensboro says he has no concerns about taking a drug test, but he doesn't think the Legislature is in the mood to pass the bill.
When we think of a smiling cat, we might think of the Cheshire Cat, whose beautiful smile was the only thing visible when he disappeared. Sadly, for the majority of both cats and dogs kept as pets, their teeth are not so healthy. It's up to you to make sure your pet's smile is bright and clean!
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state is extending the deadline for car and boat owners to register their vehicles. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says boat owners will now have until Feb. 10 to renew their vessel registrations. Friday was the original deadline, but the agency extended the deadline because of the winter storm. The Revenue Department also is citing the storm in extending its deadline to register, renew or transfer motor vehicles.