Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature will begin the fourth week of its session Tuesday. Senate President Pro Tem Lowell Barron says he hopes the Senate will take up a public disclosure bill that he has tried unsuccessfully to get on the work agenda. The bill would require nonprofit groups to disclose the sources of their funding when they run ads to support or oppose an issue in the Legislature. A similar bill has already won overwhelming approval in the House.
Prattville, AL – Prattville Fire Chief Stanley Gann says ambulances and deer have collided three times in the last three months. Gann says all the accidents have occurred at night. The most recent happened on Highway 82 while an ambulance was going to Billingsley. Gann says the Fire Department has tried whistles mounted on bumpers that were supposed to drive the deer away from the side of the road, but those apparently did not work.
Undated – An effort to begin a national lottery in Russia has a tie to Alabama. Dog track owner Milton McGregor is among several American businessmen who are helping with the venture. McGregor is a board member of Global Trust Partners, the group financing the Russian lottery. McGregor says he's excited about the business project, and he says he's considering some non-gaming opportunities in Russia. McGregor owns the VictoryLand greyhound track in Macon County.
Montgomery, AL – Alabama's official state insect is the monarch butterfly. It has reigned in that position since 1989. However, a change may be on the horizon. Some new legislation would give the title to the queen honey bee. State Representative Sue Schmitz has proposed the change, saying the new designation would highlight Alabama's bee industry. The House agriculture committee has already approved the bill, and it now awaits action in the House. The state does have an official butterfly -- it's the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.