Montgomery, AL – The state has reached an agreement with Medicaid. Governor Bob Riley confirmed it Friday. He says the deal will end a 15-year-old federal challenge concerning how the Alabama Medicaid office funds benefits. Federal officials had complained for years that the state takes more than its fair share for charity care. The federal government said the state owes more than one billion dollars in back payments. The state has denied that claim. Specific details of the agreement were not immediately released
Mobile, AL – It became official Friday morning. Mobile Mayor Mike Dow will not run for re-election. It's not much of a surprise. He has said before that he will leave public office to spend more time with his family. He says he also would like to return to the business world. Dow has spent nearly 16 years as Mobile's mayor -- that's four terms in office. Meanwhile, former state Senator Ann Bedsole says she will campaign for the city's top job. She says if she wins, she'll serve only one term.
Huntsville, AL – The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on Friday upheld an earlier decision concerning a north Alabama adoption case. Last November, the court voided an adoption by a Huntsville couple. It voted four to one, ruling the couple's June 2003 adoption of a baby from Georgia was not proper because the biological father had not consented. The adoptive parents asked the court to reconsider. Friday, the court issued a revised opinion that reached the same conclusion. However, today's vote was split three-to-two.