Auburn, AL – A new 24 million dollar wheels plant in Auburn will open to the public Thursday afternoon. Governor Riley will join Auburn city officials and executives with the German-based company, known as ATS, for the grand opening. ATS has already started manufacturing aluminum alloy wheels at the 250-thousand-square-foot-plant in the Auburn Industrial Park. The plant currently has 120 workers...it will eventually employ 325 people. ATS provides wheels to nine auto companies, including General Motors, Volvo and Nissan.
Washington, DC – Alabama is among 19 states that allow capital punishment for 16 and 17 year olds. Now, the U-S Supreme Court is considering whether that's unconstitutionally cruel. Some justices have said the United States is out of step with the rest of the world on that issue. Earlier this year, a group including former president Jimmy Carter and 48 nations lobbied against executing inmates who committed their crimes before the age of 18. The court is expected to be divided on the issue.
Mobile, AL – Mobile County schools Superintendent Harold Dodge is criticizing the Red Cross for the way it operated eight storm shelters in the county during Hurricane Ivan. He says the shelters were understaffed, and there was barely enough power to operate ventilators for special-needs patients. He also says the shelters were just too crowded, and security was deficient. Red Cross officials say there just weren't enough people or pieces of equipment because of simultaneous relief efforts occurring in Florida.