Montgomery, AL – Law enforcement officials across the state are reporting at least 11 traffic deaths in eight Alabama counties during the 78-hour Memorial Day weekend. The Department of Public Safety says traffic fatalities were recorded in Colbert, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Macon, Madison, Morgan, and Tuscaloosa Counties. Troopers had estimated that 17 people would die on Alabama roads during the Memorial Day weekend travel period. The holiday weekend officially started Friday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight Monday.
Birmingham, AL – Alabama has one major amusement park -- VisionLand in Jefferson County. The Memorial Day weekend usually marks the start of the peak season for the nation's amusement parks. It's a nearly eleven billion dollar industry. It has been making a steady recovery after the sharp drop in leisure travel that followed the Nine-Eleven attacks in 2001. A consulting group reports parks have felt confident enough about their business prospects this summer to spend an estimated 750 million dollars on new rides and upgrades.
Safety and security inside Alabama's 67 county courthouses is under review.
By Chris Newbold, Alabama Public Radio
Security at Alabama's Courthouses
Mobile, AL – Safety and security inside Alabama's 67 county courthouses is under review. The state chief justice ordered the statewide review following a deadly shooting inside an Atlanta courthouse. Chris Newbold looks at courthouse security in both urban and rural Alabama.