Washington, DC – The U-S Supreme Court Monday decided not to hear the appeal of former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. He lost his job last November, and he had appealed to get his job back. Moore defied a federal judicial order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. The display was removed in August 2003. Later, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ordered Moore to vacate his office.
Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Forest Recovery Task Force will help south Alabama land owners harvest thousands of trees damaged by Hurricane Ivan. The 24 member panel also will work with state and federal forestry officials to immediately begin the work in 12 counties. State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks says about 700 million dollars worth of timber was damaged. But Governor Bob Riley says he's confident the state's forests will eventually recover. Paper and forest products are the largest manufacturing industry in the state.
In Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, it first it looks as if Warren St. John is immersing himself, studying the motor home fans, the enthusiasts who move from Alabama game to Alabama game, Saturday after Saturday.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Jury selection began Monday in the corruption trial of former Governor Don Siegelman. U-S District Judge U-W Clemon openly questioned the strength of the prosecution's case. Siegelman and his former chief of staff, Paul Hamrick, are charged with conspiracy and health care fraud. They're accused of rigging the state Medicaid bid process. The trial is being held in Tuscaloosa.
Tuskegee, AL – State Representative Johnny Ford is leaving the legislature. He notified House Speaker Seth Hammett Thursday that he is resigning his seat. Ford's resignation will take affect at nine o'clock Monday morning. Ford is the only black Republican serving in the state legislature. He's leaving to once again become mayor of Tuskegee. He was elected to the post last month. Before serving in the House, he spent 24 years as mayor. Governor Bob Riley will call a special election to fill Ford's seat.
Mobile, AL – The Beach Boys and other performers are in Mobile this weekend for BayFest. That's the annual music festival that kicks off Friday night. City officials are wondering about this year's attendance because of Hurricane Ivan. Sarju Patel is the head of the Mobile Hotel Motel Association. He says rooms are typically full with the BayFest crowd, but this year...they're taken by Ivan evacuees and work crews involved in disaster recovery.