BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County commissioners have voted to approve the sale of $1.7 billion in sewer warrants to exit its historic bankruptcy. Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett for the Northern District of Alabama must approve of the county's bankruptcy exit plan and is presiding over a hearing that started Wednesday. Jefferson County's bankruptcy in November 2011 was the largest governmental bankruptcy in U.S. history until Detroit filed one this year for $18 billion. Part of it has been wiped out by creditors.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's parole board has approved of granting posthumous pardons in the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" rape case. The board made the decision during a Thursday morning hearing in Montgomery for three black men whose convictions were never overturned in a case that came to symbolize racial injustice in the Deep South in the 1930s. Nine black males were falsely accused of raping two white women on a train in northeast Alabama in 1931. The men were convicted by all-white juries, and all but the youngest defendant were sentenced to death.
A housing study projects that at current growth rates, the private student housing market in Tuscaloosa will outpace University of Alabama student demand by 2015.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that results of the study were shared with a city council committee Tuesday.
Consultant Joe Zanola told the committee that the current list of student housing bedrooms that are either planned or under construction "greatly exceeds" forecasts for enrollment growth at the University of Alabama.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A hearing for an Alabama county looking to exit one of the largest governmental bankruptcies in American history is scheduled for Wednesday. Jefferson County Commission President David Carrington said Tuesday that officials sold $1.7 billion of the county's refinanced sewer warrants in hopes of exiting the bankruptcy, which was originally valued at around $4 billion before part of it was wiped out by creditors. Chief U.S.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos has won a runoff election to represent District 74 in the Alabama House of Representatives. Polizos won about 57 percent of votes over fellow Republican Charlotte Meadows in the election Tuesday. Meadows is the former president of the Montgomery County Board of Education. There was no Democratic candidate in the race. WSFA-TV reported 23 of 24 precincts reported results more than 3,747 of the district's roughly 23,000 registered voters cast ballots in the election.