Birmingham, AL – Alabama is still the nation's economic basement, but at least things aren't getting worse. The Census Bureau estimates that an average of 14-point-six percent of Alabama's four-point-four (M) million residents lived in poverty from 2000 through last year. That's higher than the national average of 11-point-seven percent over the same period and among the nation's worst poverty rates.
Montgomery, AL – Three Auburn University trustees whose terms have expired will get to serve a few more months. That's because the state Senate ended its special session yesterday without considering replacements for the three trustees.
Montgomery, AL – Alabamians' access to financial information about campaigns in the state got an "F" in a new national study. The study called "Grading State Disclosure" gave an "F" to 17 states and ranked Alabama 47th among the 50 states. According to the study, Alabama "has significant room to improve."
Only North Dakota, South Carolina and Wyoming rated worse than Alabama. Washington ranked first, followed by Illinois and Massachusetts.
Washington, DC – President Bush has chosen Alabama businessman William Cabaniss to be U-S ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Cabaniss currently is president and chief executive officer of Precision Grinding Incorporated of Birmingham. Before that, he served in Alabama's Senate and House of Representatives. He earned a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University.
Cabaniss' nomination must be approved by the Senate.
Montgomery, AL – Roy Moore is taking his batter over religion in government to a national stage. Alabama's now-suspended chief justice said yesterday he is offering his Ten Commandments monument to Congress for display in the U-S Capitol.
Montgomery, AL – Thirty-five members of a Eufaula-based Alabama Army National Guard unit are coming home after almost a year on active duty.
Guard spokesman, Sgt. Martin Dyson, said the 1103rd Corp Support Battalion has been based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina since their deployment in October of last year. He said the unit's soldiers also served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and other overseas locations in support of the war on terrorism.