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.
State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa plans a series of news conferences over the next two days to announce that he is running for the Republican Party nomination for Alabama Secretary of State in 2014.
Incumbent Secretary of State Beth Chapman is serving her second term and by law can't run in 2014,
The 49-year-old Merrill plans news conferences Tuesday in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville and in Montgomery and Mobile Wednesday.
Forecasters say clashing weather systems are creating a chance for severe weather in Alabama.
The National Weather Service says severe storms with damaging winds, heavy rains and isolated tornadoes are possible Tuesday night into Wednesday.
The problem is an advancing cold front that's moving toward Alabama from the west. Forecasters say strong storms could develop as the cooler air meets with warm, moist flowing northward from the Gulf of Mexico.