Auburn, AL – Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet president who won the 1990 Nobel Prize for seeking reforms in the secretive communist government, will speak at Auburn University on October sixth.
The University Programs Council announced that Gorbachev will speak at 7 p.m. in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Ticket prices are eight-dollars for students, 12-dollars for faculty and 15-dollars for general admission.
Alabama – American flag displays, memorials and prayerful tributes across Alabama will mark today's second anniversary of the September 11th attacks - - a day for remembering fallen heroes and the innocents who died that terrible day.
Montgomery, AL – Many Alabama middle and junior high schools will have to eliminate their sports programs -- as Alabama's public schools are now facing deep budget cuts.
Dan Washburn, executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, predicts the first option for many local superintendents will be to reduce or eliminate sporting programs at middle schools, in an effort to save high school varsity programs.
Mongtomery, AL – A Ten Commandments display put together by Governor Bob Riley opened in an exhibit room at the Capitol. The plaque was praised by some church leaders who support displays of the commandments in government buildings.
Riley had the display built after supporters of a Ten Commandments monument that was removed from the state judicial building presented him with a plaque bearing the commandments last week.
Washington, DC – Thousands of National Guard and Army Reserve forces, including citizen soldiers from Alabama, are in for a longer stay in Iraq.
The Army is reportedly extending their tours of duty in Iraq and surrounding countries to a year, months longer than many troops had anticipated.
The Washington Post reports the new policy was issued Friday without a formal announcement. It means many Guard and Army Reserve troops could have their original year-long mobilizations extended by up to six months.
Montgomery, AL – Governor Riley's tax plan is trailing in early returns. Opponents are leading in every county reporting early returns.
Secretary of State Nancy Worley -- the state's chief election official -- says voter turnout was strong for a special election. She predicts the turnout will be 45 percent to 50 percent. The turnout for the lottery referendum four years ago was 45 percent.
Tuscaloosa, AL – "It felt like just coming out of the tunnel on the west end, just seeing all those fans reminded me of when I was a player and when I got under the tunnel here, I was kidding Coach Radar that was where I used to warm up with him."
That tunnel at Legion Field in Birmingham has seen generations of Alabama football players pass through. This time, the tunnel saw Mike Shula to his head coaching debut, and a come-from-behind victory.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama's highest judicial official, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, says he has an obligation to uphold God's law above the laws of man. Chief Justice Moore is a Christian, and he believes the Biblical Ten Commandments are the cornerstone of America's legal heritage.
"The acknowledgement of Almighty God is the basis for our justice system. It is the source of our law. It is the foundation of our country."
Tuscaloosa, AL – Opinions were mixed today about the removal of the ten commandments monument from public view. Barry Lind, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State says he is pleased with today's events.
"I think today marks a tremendous victory for the rule of law and respect for religious diversity in Alabama and around the country."
Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama's eight associate Supreme Court justices overruled Chief Justice Roy Moore and said the state will comply with a federal court order to move the Ten Commandments monument. The decision received praise from Attorney General Bill Pryor.
"The associate justices of Alabama have done their duty. As attorney general, I applaud them, I congratulate them and I thank them."
Narrator: That's Texas fiddler Eck Robertson, on the first country music recording ever made, playing one version of Sally Gooden. Back then, the fiddle was called the Devil's Box, and fiddlers were associated with moonshine, shotguns, and well, fiddling around. Alabama scholar and fan of old time music Joyce Cauthen looks at how fiddlers got a bad rep.