MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Bill Newton to serve as acting finance director. Bentley said Friday that Newton, who previously served as assistant finance director, has more than 30 years of experience in state government finance operations. Newton oversaw two state budgets, purchasing, accounting, payroll, financial reporting and debt management functions in his previous role. Bentley says Newton's commitment to public service and legal background made him the ideal candidate for the position.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — From Cape Cod to the southern tip of Texas, coastal homeowners are feeling the pinch with rising insurance rates. Rates have increased sharply since 2003, forcing homeowners to take greater risk by accepting higher deductibles. The cost of homeowners insurance rose 36 percent from 2003 to 2010. An AP analysis of national insurance figures shows 14 of the 15 states where rates increased by the largest percentages border the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama can move ahead with its lawsuit to shut down a Birmingham abortion clinic. Lawyers for individuals and companies linked to the clinic withdrew their motions to dismiss the case during a brief hearing Friday. That means the state's lawsuit goes forward, with the two sides swapping evidence. Circuit Judge Joseph Boohaker set a hearing for Aug. 5 to consider the state health agency's claims that New Women All Women Health Care is operating as an illegal, unregulated abortion clinic.
Dean Young is announcing that he plans to run for the Alabama congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner.
Alabama's 1st Congressional District is in southwestern Alabama and includes Mobile.
Young, an entrepreneur and businessman, said he would work to create jobs, shrink the size of the federal government and return the nation to Christian principles. Young also noted the current scandals facing the Obama administration and said he would help put the nation "back on track."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama State Troopers investigated two deadly crashes in the state during the Memorial Day holiday period. The holiday period is considered the 78 hours between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday. The figure only reflects trooper-investigated traffic fatalities. A final statewide tally will be computed as other law enforcement agencies report their weekend statistics. Authorities say both of this weekend's trooper-investigated fatal crashes occurred on Saturday. Authorities said both involved motorcycles, and helmets were used by the people involved.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Democrats cried foul when Republicans pushed through a sweeping education law that will create new income tax credits to help some parents pay private school tuition. Because they're an overwhelming minority in the Legislature, there wasn't much the Democrats could do. Now, with the session over, leading party figures tell The Decatur Daily (http://bit.ly/17hnl6u ) they'll use the Republicans' act as a primary issue in the 2014 legislative elections. Sen.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) — About $30,000 worth of donations and supplies are headed to Oklahoma to help tornado victims. WAAY-TV reports that a group of Franklin County, Ala., residents decided to do something to help just hours after seeing tornadoes destroy parts of Oklahoma on Monday. Many people in Franklin County witnessed the destructive power of tornadoes first hand during the April 27, 2011 outbreak that hit Alabama. Community members in Franklin County took donations Tuesday through Saturday. Organizers say people from across the Tennessee Valley contributed to the effort.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With the unofficial start of boating season kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, Alabama Marine Police are encouraging boaters and swimmers to obey the laws and avoid drinking while boating. Lieutenant Jon Archer of the Alabama Marine Police tells The Montgomery Advertiser there were a total of 75 boating accidents across the state in 2012. Of those accidents, 13 involved alcohol, 45 people were injured and 17 people died. Two of those deaths involved drunken boat operators.