Montgomery, AL – The state Department of Economic and Community Affairs will receive 215 thousand dollars from the federal Department of Justice. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby says the money will be used to focus on reducing risks and enhancing protective factors to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system. The program offers funding incentives to encourage community leaders to work with their areas' own strengths to support delinquency prevention.
Birmingham, AL – The judicial merry-go-round continued Tuesday in the criminal case against former Governor Don Siegelman. U-S District Judge Scott Coogler has stepped down from the case because his children have been treated by Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo. Bobo is one of Siegelman's co-defendants. Coogler became the third judge to step aside from the case to avoid conflict of interest concerns. The case has been reassigned to U-S District Judge U-W Clemon, who's the chief federal judge in north Alabama.