The Alabama Education Association board of directors met behind closed doors for four hours Friday to discuss concerns raised by its longtime leader.
Former AEA executive secretary Paul Hubbert, in a Tuesday letter to board members, said AEA was in crisis. Hubbert said he was concerned about the association's finances and also the management style of current executive secretary Henry Mabry.
AEA President Anita Gibson said board members had extensive discussions about the issues raised by Hubbert.
VictoryLand casino is trying to break the attorney general's winning streak in a series of cases involving gambling machines seized in raids.
A four-day trial ended Friday involving the legality of 1,600 gambling machines the attorney general seized from VictoryLand in Macon County last year. Circuit Judge William Shashy will rule in a few weeks.
The outcome will determine whether VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor can reopen what was once Alabama's largest casino or whether the attorney general can destroy the machines.
Alabama Power Co. is warning its customers to be on the lookout for a new type of scam.
The company says scammers are sending text messages warning that a payment is due immediately. The text message lists the name of a bill payment company and a reference number to use in paying the bill.
Alabama Power spokesman Ike Pigott says the reference number could belong to anyone and once the money is transferred it is almost impossible to trace.
Pigott says customers with questions about their accounts can call a 24-hour customer service number, 1-800-245-2244.
Alabama has adopted a new combination of drugs for executions and is once again seeking to put inmates to death.
The attorney general's office is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to set execution dates for nine death row inmates. Lawyers said the Department of Corrections this week adopted a new three-drug protocol for executions.
Executions in Alabama had come to a halt after Alabama and other states ran out of a key drug used in executions.
The federal government says 12 health centers in Alabama will receive nearly $3.5 million in funding to help expand primary care services.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Friday that the $3,468,448 comes under the Affordable Care Act.
The agency says the money will help the health centers hire an estimated 45 new staff members, stay open for longer hours and expand the care they provide. Some new services could include oral health, mental and behavioral health, pharmacy and vision services.
A federal appeals court has delayed Gov. Don Siegelman's case again.
In April, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals tentatively scheduled Siegelman's case for the week of July 28. Then the court moved it to the week of Oct. 13, and now records show it has been tentatively reset for the week of Dec. 8.
A federal jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bribery and other charges. Prosecutors said Scrushy bribed Siegelman for a spot on a state regulatory board with donations to Siegelman's 1999 lottery campaign.
The head of Gov. Robert Bentley's security detail made $16,918 in August including overtime.
Al.com reports the August income pushed Wendell Ray Lewis' salary, including overtime, so far this fiscal year to $153,000. That's with one month to go in the fiscal year. Lewis' salary is almost $50,000 more than the head of the state Department of Public Safety made in the same period.
Al.com reports that during the last four years on Bentley's security detail, Lewis has made $563,000, or an average of nearly $141,000 per year.
Advocacy groups say Alabama prisons are giving inmates virtually unlimited access to razors, a practice that's leading to deaths and injuries inside the lockups.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program asked a court Thursday to bar prisons from freely distributing razor blades to male inmates.
The groups are making the request on behalf of prisoners who've tried to kill themselves using the razors. They say razors are being distributed even after an inmate used one to kill himself at Limestone prison in 2011.
Training drills for tens of thousands of Army National Guard members from New Hampshire to Hawaii have been called off this weekend because of a federal budget shortfall.
A National Guard spokesman says a $101 million gap in funding for training is being addressed by postponing drills, suspending travel and other steps. Meanwhile, there are efforts underway to get funding reallocated so the drills can be held later this month.