BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A ruling from Alabama's Supreme Court means that Jefferson County will not have to reimburse workers and businesses for roughly $100 million in taxes. That ruling helps pave the way for the county's exit from bankruptcy. The case began in 2010 when Circuit Judge Charles Price ruled that Jefferson County's occupational tax was invalid because the law enabling it was unconstitutionally passed by state lawmakers. AL.com (http://bit.ly/TZceVs ) reports that Price ordered some refunds, but not $100 million requested by parties representing taxpayers.
The public now has access to some of the information reported by Alabama hospitals about healthcare-associated infections.
The Legislature passed a law in 2009 requiring hospitals to report infection information to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Now, the department has started putting that information online at: http://www.adph.org/hai
U.S. Air Force officials have told Alabama officials that it has altered an earlier proposal and no longer plans to relocate C-130 aircraft from the 908th Airlift Wing stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base.
Earlier this year, cuts to the U.S. Department of Defense budget prompted the U.S. Air Force to announce that it would retire older aircraft — which could include seven of Maxwell Air Force Base's eight C-130H cargo planes. That decision could affect hundreds of employees.
Members of Alabama's congressional delegation say the Obama administration should continue pursuing BP over the Gulf oil spill.
The company has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in criminal penalties, but many civil claims over the 2010 oil spill aren't resolved.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Mobile says he hopes the Justice Department continues pursuing BP under the Clean Water Act and the Restore Act, which was passed to send money to communities affected by the spill.
Leaders and activists on the Alabama coast are pleased BP will face criminal penalties for the Gulf oil spill, but they say civil payments are the real key.
The executive director of Mobile Baykeeper, Casi Callaway, said Thursday oil still washes on to the Alabama coast daily and criminal sanctions are warranted. She wants to know how much money will be available for repairing the environment.
Turner Classic Movies is marking the 50th anniversary of the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" with special screenings around the country, including eight in Alabama.
TCM says the classic film will be shown Thursday night at the Rave theaters in Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Montgomery and Daphne; the Regal theaters in Trussville and Huntsville, and the Cobb theaters in Tuscaloosa and Gulf Shores.
State tourism director Lee Sentell said he expects many students to attend because Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is widely assigned in Alabama schools.
The governor is adding his voice to business and education leaders calling for an expansion of Alabama's small pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.
Gov. Robert Bentley says he wants to expand pre-K education and considers it more important than the Alabama Reading Initiative.
Bentley's comments to a Birmingham business group came less than a week after the State Board of Education called for an extra $5 million next year. A coalition of business leaders, educators and children's advocates is pushing for an even bigger increase.
Birmingham's public library has a new resource about the city's civil rights history: Letters written from prison by one of three Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a deadly church bombing that killed four black girls.
The library obtained the letters written to and by Robert Chambliss and opened them for public use on Wednesday, the 35th anniversary of his trial.
Archives director Jim Baggett says Chambliss never admits any wrongdoing in the letters.
A retired agent says the FBI obtained the letters from a niece of Chambliss and gave them to the library.