Two Republican legislators are planning to push legislation in the upcoming session to prevent elder abuse and increase the penalties for offenders.
Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster and Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood plan to announce the legislation Monday afternoon, along with the state's director of Senior Services, Neal Morrison. . The event will be at the Heardmont Senior Center in Shelby County.
A city that was a pioneer in developing YMCAs in Alabama is in danger of having to close its facility.
Selma opened its first YMCA in 1858. Now it is trying to raise $1 million by Dec. 31 to pay off some of the debt on its existing YMCA.
The YMCA's Bill Porter says money is coming in, but there is a real possibility the YMCA could close if it can't raise the money by the deadline. Porter is a former Selma City Council president and banker who is trying to get the Y on sound financial footing.
UPDATE: Birmingham Mayor William Bell said there are no reports of injuries from severe weather that damaged roofs and broke windows in one part of the city.
The severe weather struck about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the area around Finley Avenue. Residents reported seeing a funnel cloud, but the mayor said officials have not yet confirmed if it was a tornado. He said the city is providing tarps to residents whose roofs were damaged.
Alabama is participating with other states in the Wreaths Across America program to honor veterans and their families.
Gov. Robert Bentley will join other state officials along with veterans and their families for a wreath-laying ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the state Capitol auditorium.
Officials in other states and in Washington will hold ceremonies at the same time Monday. The state Department of Veterans Affairs says the ceremonies promote a week-long celebration of veterans and their families.
(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)
Two Alabama State University employees with ties to suspended university President Joseph Silver are out of their jobs.
University vice president Danielle Kennedy said the vice president for business and finance, Edward Patrick, and the senior assistant to the president, Joyce Outler, no longer work for Alabama State because the board of trustees did not approve their hiring.
Voters in most of Blount County and part of northern Jefferson County will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state representative.
Former Blount County Probate Judge David Standridge of Hayden faces Blount County Board of Education vice president Chris Latta in a Republican runoff in House District 34. The winner has no Democratic opposition.
The new representative will fill the vacancy created when Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta resigned to become executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.
A subsidiary of Labinal, Safran Engineering Services, announced Thursday that it will operate an engineering supporting facility in Mobile that will hire 30 to 50 people. Labinal is part of the French aerospace company Safran Group.
Gov. Robert Bentley said he met with Labinal officials during a visit to the Farnborough International Air Show in England earlier this year and encouraged the company to locate in Alabama.