Auburn, Alabama – The forms Auburn University trustees recently submitted to disclose possible financial conflicts are NOT yet available for public inspection. The form is part of an effort by the school to get off the probation imposed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The survey asks questions concerning relationships among trustees and business dealings between trustees and the university. Auburn's chief attorney says the documents should be released at or after an August 12th Audit Committee meeting.
Montgomery, AL – The state will spend 75 million dollars to widen U-S Highway 431 between Seale and Eufaula. The stretch of road in east Alabama was recently considered one of America's five most dangerous highways, according to Readers Digest. State transportation director Joe McInnes says the road narrows from four to two lanes in Russell County, but motorists usually don't slow down. There have been 28 deaths on the 16-mile stretch during the past decade. Thirteen of them have occurred during the past four years.
Montgomery, AL – The Southern National Congress will hold its first meeting next March in Montgomery. Organizers say the meeting will try and bring together as many as one-thousand people to create a permanent forum for the expression of distinct Southern interests, grievances, and solutions. Supporters say the Congress is an organization of Southerners who feel disenfranchised by today's political system. The Southern independence group The League of the South is organizing the event. Opponents say the League is a hate group.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby says the 9-11 Commission recommendations that were released Thursday reaffirm that the intelligence community needs massive structural reforms. The former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence says he also thinks a cabinet-level National Intelligence Director is necessary. Shelby says he looks forward to further analyzing the recommendations that he hopes will help prevent another terrorist attack. U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions also gave the report a mixed review.