Birmingham, AL – Nineteen states were sued decades ago for operating racially segregated higher education systems. Eleven of those states are still under federal scrutiny concerning higher education practices. They are subject to the authority of the court system or the U-S Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Alabama is among them, but the state may reach a lawsuit settlement by next August. Mississippi's case ended last week, and Louisiana's and Tennessee's could wrap up within the next two years.
Birmingham, AL – Triple-A Alabama's most recent survey shows gasoline prices have leveled off across the state. The average price for regular unleaded is a dollar-93; mid-grades average two-dollars-six cents; premium is about two-dollars-12 cents and diesel also is up slightly to two-dollars 12-cents. Birmingham has the lowest average price at one-90 a gallon. Mobile has the highest at one dollar-96 cents.
September of 2003 marked the 40th anniversary of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing during which four young girls were killed. It is appropriate, then, that this fictionalized account of those days be released at this time, yet is also unfortunate.