Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Public Service Commission is hoping to reduce some of the telephone charges some Alabamians pay. The commission has approved a plan that targets counties where service is divided into several local telephone companies. Sometimes rural residents must make a long distance call even if they're calling someone just a few miles away. The proposal creates expanded local calling areas, and it will cost 22 dollars a month. Participants would be able to talk up to 12 hundred minutes a month under the plan.
Montgomery, AL – First Lady Patsy Riley has started handing out blankets to charitable organizations across the state. She says about 11-hundred blankets were collected last month for her first "Blankets with a Blessing" effort. The blankets have a written blessing attached to them. The first ones were given to the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery. During the next few weeks, blankets will be given to 30 shelters in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Dothan, Ozark, Florence and Gadsden.
Montgomery, AL – Tuesday marked the state's 185th anniversary. Alabama became the nation's 22nd state in 1819. Students from Ragland Elementary in Clay County gathered in the state archives building in Montgomery to sing and celebrate. First Lady Patsy Riley says it was a great opportunity for students. Two cakes marked the celebration. One was a large, rectangular cake decorated like the state flag. The other feature red and white colors with flowers.