VictoryLand in Shorter will resume betting on simulcast horse and dog races on Friday.
Owner Milton McGregor said the simulcast operation will open at 10:30 a.m. and wagering will start at 11 a.m.
The entire VictoryLand operation has been closed since the state attorney general raided its casino Feb. 19. The casino remains closed. McGregor said he's happy to put some of the employees back to work in the simulcast operation. He said the simulcast races will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays.
The Alabama Supreme Court ruled the lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association is premature and dismissed it. The order clears the way for Governor Bentley to sign private school tax credits into law.
TV, movie and video productions in Alabama increased in 2012.
The Alabama Film Office reports 31 projects were done in the state, and the production companies spent $33.5 million. That's up from $22 million in 2011. The secretary of the state Department of Commerce, Greg Canfield, said those productions provided more than 3,000 jobs.
Alabama offers rebates to production companies that choose the state, and those rebates totaled $9.5 million in 2012.
There's going to be a big fire at Alabama's largest state park, but it's all part of a plan.
Officials say they will ignite at least 130 acres at Oak Mountain State Park south of Birmingham on Thursday. It's a controlled burn meant to help promote the growth of longleaf pine trees in two areas.
Park officials conduct such burns regularly to get rid of smaller plants that compete with the pines.
Workers will burn about 130 acres of land near the park's campground, and later another 170 acres near a fishing lake.
An Alabama House Committee has approved a bill that would regulate the issuing of title loans, while allowing most of the title loan businesses to continue operating.
The House Financial Services Committee approved the bill known as the Alabama Title Loan Act Wednesday on a voice vote with only one vote against the proposed legislation. The bill now goes to the full House for debate.
A Senate committee has sent a bill to the floor that could allow private operators to lease lodging facilities and golf courses within 12 state parks.
The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved the bill 8-2 Wednesday.
It would allow the Department of Conservation to generate and control the leases. State parks are supported by visitor fees. While some parks pay for themselves, others lose millions of dollars each year. Supporters say the bill could turn those numbers around.
The expansion of an Illinois-based lighting company is poised to bring 275 new jobs to their plant in Muscle Shoals.
North American Lighting is planning a $36 million expansion and the Shoals Economic Development Authority agreed Tuesday to allocate $260,000 from its economic development fund toward the project. The Shoals Industrial Development Committee is set to meet Thursday to vote on whether approve the funding.
The Alabama Legislature is starting a massive reorganization of Alabama's law enforcement programs that proponents predict will save millions.
The Senate voted 17-2 Tuesday night to grant final approval to a law enforcement reorganization bill developed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, and Republican Gov. Robert Bentley. The bill now goes to the governor for signing into law.
The Alabama Senate worked into the night to pass the budget to operate the state's non-education agencies. The Senate voted 22-9 Tuesday night to approve the General Fund budget and send it to the House for further consideration.
Budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr said the $1.7 billion budget follows most of the recommendations that Gov. Robert Bentley made when the legislative session began five weeks ago.