A legislator re-elected last week has gone to court to challenge a law prohibiting legislators from having a second state job.
Democratic Rep. Dexter Grimsley of Newville filed suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court to challenge the law that took effect the day after the Nov. 4 legislative elections.
After Republicans won control of the Legislature in 2010, they passed a law to prohibit legislators from having a second state job and paycheck. They delayed enforcement until after the 2014 elections.
A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued the ruling Monday, turning back BP's arguments that Patrick Juneau should be removed for a variety of reasons.
Among BP's reasons for seeking Juneau's ouster: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims; and that Juneau improperly expedited the processing of some claims.
The Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 3 on the state government's appeal of a judge's ruling striking down the Alabama Accountability Act.
The case is third on the court's docket for a hearing that starts at 9 a.m. in Montgomery.
The Accountability Act provides state tax credits for parents to move children from public schools rated as failing to private schools. It also provides tax credits for individuals and businesses that contribute to scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools rather than public schools.
Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to ethics charges that he used his public offices to enrich himself.
Hubbard entered the plea in a Friday court filing. He also waived a Thursday arraignment that would have been his first courtroom appearance.
The defense is asking the attorney general's office to produce a wide range of material, including witness statements. Defense lawyer Mark White said he will also seek hearings regarding the proceedings of the grand jury that indicted Hubbard.
A new national study says Alabama has the lowest rate in the South for children without health care coverage.
A study by the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University says 4.3 percent of Alabama's children didn't have health coverage in 2013. Other Southern states ranged from slightly more than 5 percent to 11 percent. The national average was 7.1 percent. Alabama ranked 10th best among the states.
The study found that Alabama had nearly 11,000 fewer uninsured children in 2013 than in 2011.
Tuscaloosa city officials say the economic benefit of the University of Alabama's home football games far outweigh the cost the city spends on staff overtime during game weekends.
Mayor Walt Maddox said Thursday that more than 400 city employees work overtime Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on home game weekends. Maddox says the city spends roughly $750,000 each season to cover the cost.
Maddox says each of the school's home games has a roughly $17 million to $18 million impact on the city's economy.
Some Tuscaloosa residents are upset after finding out last month they're being charged an extra fee for paying water, sewer and trash collection bills online.
The Tuscaloosa News reports new fees charge customers $2.95 for paying online with a credit card and $1 for using debit cards. The fees kicked in Oct. 1 at the same time water and sewer rates increased 3 percent.
The Tuscaloosa City Council approved the fees to offset revenue lost to convenience charges by credit card processors. Officials say cities such as Birmingham and Montgomery charge similar fees.
Records show Huntsville city schools paid a former FBI agent to oversee security measures that included monitoring students' social media accounts.
Al.com reports documents it obtained from an open records request show 14 students were expelled in the last school as a result of security consultants watching their social media accounts. Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison said he's concerned that 12 of those expelled students were black.
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman will remain in prison while he appeals his conviction.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta said the former governor must remain incarcerated while judges consider his request for a new trial. Al.com reports the hearing was scheduled to start in July. It's now expected to happen early next year.
Siegelman's attorneys said the prosecution was marred by judicial mistakes and politics.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to use any leftover campaign funds to benefit the state.
Bentley said Friday he will set up a charitable organization to receive his leftover funds and then distribute them to projects. He said no projects are definite, but one group he would like to help is foster children.
Bentley did something similar with his inaugural fund in 2011. He raised $1.6 million in donations to pay for his inauguration and had more than $300,000 left. He donated that to the state General Fund to support state agencies during a lean budget year.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Forecasters say a cold front is expected to bring frost and freezing temperatures to much of the state. The National Weather Service in Birmingham is projecting that wind chill values will plunge into the 20s in parts of Alabama by late this weekend. Wind Chill, commonly used to describe how cold it feels, is the combined effect of low temperature and wind. For Halloween night on Friday, forecasters expect mostly dry weather for trick-or-treaters. They say temperatures around 10 p.m.
Jurors have found Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise not guilty of charges of perjury and giving false information.
Prosecutors had accused Republican Rep. Barry Moore of lying to a grand jury about comments he made to his 2014 primary opponent.
Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis said Moore told his 2014 primary opponent that the house speaker would withhold economic development funds unless he withdrew from the race. Moore later denied relaying the threat when he testified to grand jury.