Alabama

Alabama
5:46 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Ala. Governor Creates Streamlining Task Force

Montgomery, AL – Governor Robert Bentley has created a task force to streamline the state's 22 agencies with law enforcement functions.

Bentley said Thursday that he wants the Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force to identify savings of 10 percent by Oct. 1 and create a consolidation plan by Dec. 15.

Bentley and task force chairman Spencer Collier said their goal is to reduce staff through attrition rather than layoffs, and find ways to save money without jeopardizing public safety.

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Alabama
5:45 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

3 More Quit Ala. Public TV Board After Firings

Birmingham, AL – Three more people have quit a board linked to Alabama Public Television following the firings of two network executives.

An official says chairman Gordon Martin; vice chair William E. Smith; and C. Scott McLain resigned from the Alabama Public Television Foundation Board. That's a private group with duties that include helping the network raise money.

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Alabama
5:44 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Auburn Toomer's Corner Poisoning Trial Delayed

Opelika, AL – A judge is delaying the trial of an Alabama fan accused of poisoning Auburn's cherished Toomer's Corner oak trees.

Defense attorneys for Harvey Updyke have asked the judge to move the trial to a different location. Judge Jacob Walker said Thursday that he would set a hearing date to consider the request.

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Alabama
5:43 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Siegelman To Face Resentencing Hearing Aug. 3

Montgomery, AL – Authorities have set a date for the resentencing of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Siegelman is scheduled to appear in federal court for the resentencing on Aug. 3 in Montgomery. He is out of prison on an appeal bond after his 2006 bribery conviction.

The U.S. Supreme Court this month rejected Siegelman's latest appeal.

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Tree Poisoning Trial
5:03 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Auburn Toomer's Corner poisoning trial delayed

Toomer's Corner 2010
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A judge is delaying the trial of an Alabama fan accused of poisoning Auburn's cherished Toomer's Corner oak trees.

Defense attorneys for Harvey Updyke have asked the judge to move the trial to a different location. Judge Jacob Walker said Thursday that he would set a hearing date to consider the request.

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Alabama
6:04 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Budget Cuts Curb Lawmakers' Trips

Montgomery, AL – Alabama legislators aren't getting to attend national and regional conventions at state expense this summer.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey have told legislators that they won't approve travel requests for the remainder of the fiscal year because budget cuts have put a serious strain on legislative operations. That includes a 10.6 percent cut the governor ordered for all state programs in March because state revenues were falling behind appropriations.

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Alabama
6:03 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Jury Selection For Updyke Trial Enters Day 2

Opelika, AL – An attorney for a man accused of poisoning the two oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner renewed calls for a change of venue and continuance.

A lawyer for Harvey Updyke said Wednesday his client needs a new jury pool after a student newspaper reported that Updyke had confessed.

Attorney Everett Wess said before the second day of jury selection started that Updyke denied telling The Auburn Plainsman during a break that he did it.

The newspaper said on Twitter it stood by the report, and the reporter was subpoenaed.

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Alabama
5:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Legislative Panel To Discuss Ala. Prison Violence

Montgomery, AL – A joint legislative oversight committee on prisons is planning to meet to discuss reports of increased violence in Alabama prisons.

A legislative panel has scheduled a meeting for 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Joint Briefing Room at the Alabama Statehouse to discuss reports of rising inmate-on-inmate violence in prisons. The Legislature's Joint Prison Oversight Committee will also discuss allegations of prison employees sexually abusing women inmates at Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.

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Public Television
5:54 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

More Quit Ala. Public TV Boards After Firings

Montgomery, AL – Two more leaders have quit Alabama Public Television following last week's firings of two top executives with the network.

Montgomery attorney and former federal judge Vanzetta McPherson has resigned from the Alabama Educational Television Foundation Authority, which lost three members last week. Also, Blue Cross Blue Shield President Terry Kellogg has resigned from the board of the APT foundation.

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Alabama
5:53 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Creeks, Lawyer Disagree On Supreme Court Ruling

Montgomery, AL – The Poarch Creek Indians and an attorney for a county commission trying to tax the tribe disagree about the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The court ruled Monday that a lawsuit seeking to shut down a Michigan tribe's casino can proceed in court. At issue is whether the casino could be built on tribal land taken into federal trust after the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

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Alabama
5:52 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Jury Selection Begins In Harvey Updyke Trial

Opelika, AL – Lawyers in the trial of Harvey Updyke want to know about the favorite school of potential jurors.

Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of the Alabama fan, who's accused of poisoning two oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner. Eighty-five prospective jurors filled Judge Jacob Walker's courtroom.

Among the questions submitted by Updyke's attorneys is one asking whether potential jurors would ``make a decision based upon the defendant being a University of Alabama sports fan.'' The trial is a few miles from Auburn's campus.

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Alabama
5:48 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Bentley Outlines Cuts, Options If Budget Plan Dies

Montgomery, AL – Alabama's governor says he will likely be forced to make double-digit spending cuts if voters reject a constitutional amendment that would let him balance the state's General Fund budget by taking money out of a state savings account.

Bentley told a Montgomery civic club Tuesday that more spending reductions aren't a good plan. And he's cautiously optimistic voters will approve taking $146 million from the Alabama Trust Fund annually for three years.

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Rodeo
10:03 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Tips From Texas on How To Put On a Gay Rodeo

Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice. "Ladies and Gentlemen! TGRA would like to welcome you to Fort Worth, Texas!" The Texas Gay Rodeo Association is putting on its 29th gay rodeo and more than 100 people are ready to watch or compete. Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice.

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Life
10:03 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Tips From Texas on How To Put On a Gay Rodeo

Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice. "Ladies and Gentlemen! TGRA would like to welcome you to Fort Worth, Texas!" The Texas Gay Rodeo Association is putting on its 29th gay rodeo and more than 100 people are ready to watch or compete. Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice.

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Alabama
6:03 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Siegelman Backers Seek Pardon For Ex-Ala. Governor

Montgomery, AL – Some supporters of Don Siegelman want President Barack Obama to grant a pardon that would prevent the former Democratic Alabama governor from returning to prison for his 2006 bribery conviction.

Siegelman is currently out of prison on an appeal bond. But the U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected his appeal, and he may soon face a new sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery.

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