The city council in Tuscaloosa is expected to vote Tuesday on a contract that would secure a $10 million line of credit to help fund storm recovery efforts.
The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/URA3B4) that if approved, it would mark the first money the city would borrow to pay for the millions of dollars in costs associated with rebuilding and cleaning up Tuscaloosa following the tornado of April 27, 2011.
The Alabama Legislature will face several gun rights bills when it convenes Tuesday for its 2013 session.
Republican Rep. Mike Jones of Andalusia is offering a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Second Amendment rights the benefit of "strict scrutiny." That would require a compelling interest before regulating gun rights and would require that any limits on guns be narrowly tailored. The legislation is patterned after a bill the National Rifle Association got passed in Louisiana.
A new report by Alabama health officials says the rate of traffic deaths has fallen drastically since the state established a trauma network in 2007.
The numbers released by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Hospital Association show deaths from vehicle crashes dropped from 27.64 per 100,000 people in 2006 to a rate of 18.05 per 100,000 people in 2011.
Dr. John Campbell, the retired state emergency services medical director, says the results show spending on trauma care has paid off for Alabama.
Hundreds of people have turned out at a service to remember an Alabama bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect the young children on his school bus.
Mourners who attended a viewing service at a funeral home Saturday night remembered 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland, Jr., as a humble hero who taught Sunday School and often lent a helping hand to others.
Federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials have warned Alabama residents to be vigilant in watching for identity theft as tax filing season begins.
U.S. Attorney George Beck in the Middle District of Alabama said Thursday nine people have been arrested in recent days and eight are to be sentenced Friday in identity theft cases in the district. He says the cases involve millions of dollars.
He says tax season tends to bring out thieves looking for "easy money" from filing fraudulent returns or from fraudulently preparing someone's returns.
Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos was among the first witnesses called as a hearing began before a bankruptcy judge.
The hearing this week is aimed at determining whether county sewer bondholders will be allowed to go back to state court to force higher sewer rates.
The hearing before Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Thomas Bennett deals with motions by The Bank of New York Mellon and other creditors that ask him to lift the automatic-stay on legal action against the bankrupt county.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he has called the mother of the 5-year-old Dale County boy kidnapped from his school bus on Tuesday. The boy is being held in a handmade bunker in Dale County in southeast Alabama.
Bentley said he has talked to the mother on the telephone. He described her as being "very distraught as I would be." The governor has four grown sons.
The governor said he and other state officials are "hoping for a peaceful" resolution of the situation.
Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is to meet with Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston and with Senate Minority Leader Vivian Figures of Mobile in preparation for the 2013 session of the Legislature.
The meeting with Ivey will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the lieutenant governor's office at the Capitol. The session begins Tuesday.
Ivey said each of the Senate leaders will answer questions from the news media and deliver brief remarks,
A bill has been pre-filed in the Alabama House that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham, says legalizing the drug for medical purposes would help cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and others suffering from severe pain. The bill has failed several times, but Todd says her spirits are buoyed because similar bills have recently passed In other states.