Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says the state's court system has $38 million less now than when he took office for the first time in 2001.
Moore told members of the Montgomery Rotary Club Monday that the financial situation has become dire. He says there are 498 less court employees now than in 2001, and another 300 may lose their jobs under budget proposals being considered by the Legislature.
Strong storms are expected across much of Alabama, bringing the potential for hail and high winds as a cold front passes through the state.
The National Weather Service warns that the strongest storms will capable of producing wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail the size of quarters.
More than a dozen counties on Monday were covered by a severe thunderstorm watch, which is scheduled to be in effect until 3 p.m. Monday. It includes the cities of Athens, Huntsville, Florence, Hamilton and Jasper.
Officials in the city of Orange Beach are pushing for a city law to restrict stores from displaying T-shirts and other merchandise that contains obscene messages.
Mayor Tony Kennon started pushing for the law following a recent trip to an Orange Beach souvenir shop.
Kennon told al.com he was "absolutely mortified" by the messages on some merchandise being sold in Orange Beach. He said many of the shirts containing the obscene messages also said Orange Beach on them. He said he was "disappointed and sickened" by the messages on the shirts.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is to speak to the Montgomery Rotary Club about the state of the Alabama Judiciary.
Moore is scheduled to address the Rotarians at noon Monday at the RSA Activity Center at 201 Dexter Ave. in Montgomery. He will also address budget matters that affect the judiciary and are currently being discussed in the Legislature.
As chief justice Moore is also the head of the court system in Alabama.
(Information in the following story is from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews)
A state representative from Birmingham has proposed a plan that he says will allow Alabama's largest county to escape from bankruptcy.
Democratic Rep. John Rogers told The Birmingham News that he will introduce a bill in the Legislature to reinstate the Jefferson County 0.5 percent occupational tax and generate as much at $65 to $70 million. Rogers is co-chairman of the Jefferson County legislative delegation.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he expects to appoint a new sheriff for Tuscaloosa County soon.
Sheriff Ted Sexton announced March 8 that he's leaving Tuscaloosa County after 22 years on the job. The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/YyKbMp ) Sexton starts work Monday as homeland security division director for the Los Angeles County sheriff in California.
Federal regulators are asking a federal judge in Birmingham to set a trial date and avoid further delays in a civil fraud lawsuit against two former bankers accused of making payoffs to win billions of dollars in deals involving municipal sewer bonds.
The Alabama Legislature is close to approving a plan to borrow $50 million to replace outdated equipment in high school technology programs.
Lawmakers hope giving students better equipment will help make a dent in Alabama's dropout rate.
Bond issue legislation has breezed through the House and a Senate committee with only one negative vote. The tech director for the state Board of Education, Philip Cleveland, said schools have not received state money for equipment since they got $10 million in 2005. He said students in some programs are training on outdated equipment.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined Baldwin County officials to break ground for an interchange that will tie Interstate 10 with the Foley Beach Express.
Bentley told the audience at the groundbreaking ceremony Friday that the interchange will bring more people to the coastal county and help with evacuations during hurricanes. Former Gov. Fob James, who lives in Baldwin County, also participated.
The $10.6 million interchange is the final of four projects linking the interchange to the beach.
Officials at Children's of Alabama have announced the hospital has begun performing organ transplants.
Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Bowers says the hospital performed its first heart transplant earlier this week.
Before getting approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing, patients who needed heart, liver or kidney transplants were transferred from Children's to UAB Hospital, then back to Children's of Alabama for post-operative treatment.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has promised to challenge in court two gun control bills that were approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee if they become law.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve a ban on semi-automatic weapons and ammunition magazines that carry more than ten rounds. The bill names more than 150 weapons that would be banned.