TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Music Hall of Fame board chairman says the organization is has considered relocating the attraction and is fighting to survive. The attraction has been closed since November and the TimesDaily of Florence reported Sunday that discussions on moving the hall of fame have sparked angry responses from county officials who fought to bring the attraction to Tuscumbia. A page on its website says the hall of fame is closed due to a lack of funding, and would-be visitors should contact state politicians to have them reopen it.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two former leaders in Montgomery are back in new roles. Former state school superintendent Joe Morton and former House budget committee chairman Jay Love are leading the new nonprofit Business Education Alliance of Alabama. The Business Council of Alabama provided the launching pad for the new organization. Morton and Love say they will provide well-researched information about what's working and what's not in education and then unite business and education interests in making changes in Alabama.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa is trying to make property owners clean up land left vacant after the 2011 tornado that ravaged the city. WBRC-TV reports the city is cracking down on overgrown lots left by the April 27 twister. The tornado destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses that haven't been rebuilt, and weedy, vacant lots are scattered all over town. City workers are placing notices on lots to warn owners they'll face a penalty if they don't clean up the area. More than 500 violations have been handed out so far.
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A one-time business partner of former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville has pleaded guilty in a financial fraud. The Opelika-Auburn News reports 42-year-old John David Stroud of Auburn entered the plea on Friday. Stroud was accused of defrauding investors out of millions of dollars between 2008 and 2012. Tuberville was not charged. But a federal lawsuit over the fraud allegations names both Stroud and Tuberville, and a trial date is set for Oct. 15. Stroud and Tuberville were partners in a number of Auburn-area investment companies.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Congressional leaders will hold a ceremony Sept. 10 in Washington to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the four girls killed by a bomb at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. The ceremony in the National Statuary Hall at the Capitol will come five days before the 50th anniversary of the explosion on Sept. 15, 1963. Congress voted earlier this year to bestow the medal on Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. All were 14 years old except for McNair, who was 11.
The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a Macon County judge to step aside from a case involving the state attorney general's seizure of electronic gambling machines from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.
The court ruled Friday on a request by Attorney General Luther Strange to have Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young step aside. Young has initially refused to give the attorney general a search warrant for the raid in February, but did so reluctantly after being ordered by the Supreme Court.
Alagasco has unveiled the fourth of five gas lights commemorating the civil rights movement in Alabama.
A ceremony was held Thursday in Anniston for a gas light recognizing the Freedom Riders. They set out across the South in 1961 to test enforcement of federal rules banning segregation on interstate bus travel. But their Greyhound bus was burned in Anniston and they were attacked by a mob.
The light is located near the Freedom Riders mural in Anniston, and it is across the street from the original Greyhound bus station.
This is the one day each year where crazy antics and colorful costumes are encouraged at the state Capitol.
Gov. Robert Bentley is being joined Friday by mascots from Alabama's public universities to promote the upcoming College Colors Day. The annual promotional event will take place on the Capitol's south lawn at 3:30 p.m. It always includes the mascots trying out humorous moves that they will use at upcoming football games.
A special grand jury has been convened in Lee County, but prosecutors aren't saying what it is about.
Court records show Circuit Judge Jacob Walker III signed an order July 29 empaneling the grand jury at the request of the state government. Members of the grand jury were selected from potential jurors who reported for jury duty Monday, according to the records.
A spokeswoman for state Attorney General Luther Strange declined comment. Lee County District Attorney Robert Treese did the same.
Alabama's public schools aren't seeing an exodus of students taking advantage of private school tax credits.
State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice told the state school board Thursday that preliminary survey data shows 51 students have used the new Alabama Accountability Act to transfer from a failing public school to a private school.
He told AL.com that not all school systems have responded to a department survey, but he doesn't expect the figure to increase much because the state's largest systems have responded.