Montgomery, AL – At least 16 people died in traffic accidents during the four day New Year's Holiday travel period. Alabama State Troopers report fatalities in the following counties -- Elmore, Bullock, Walker, Limestone, Pickens, DeKalb, Covington, Shelby, Monroe, Madison, Cherokee and Winston counties. The number is more than Department of Public Safety estimates. Authorities guessed 13 people would die in roadway accidents during the holiday weekend. The 78 hour travel period began at six P-M Thursday and ended at midnight Sunday.
Barquba, Iraq – A 22-year-old soldier from Morgan County is listed in critical condition after a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Specialist Jonathan Johnson was driving a truck in Barquba when the bomb exploded. His mother says he suffered shrapnel wounds to his left leg. Another soldier was killed. Johnson is a graduate of Brewer High School. He deployed to Iraq last March.
Birmingham, AL – The federal court in Birmingham is now requiring all attorneys to file documents over the Internet. Officials in the Northern District of Alabama say they'll now be connected with federal courts across the country. Deputy clerk Sharon Harris says the move also gives registered lawyers access to a virtual courthouse and lets them file documents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The registered attorneys will have to have a login and password. They'll also receive an e-mail notice of activity in their cases.