Officials say closures of state parks are among the potential impacts of proposed budget cuts to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Department leaders and others met at Oak Mountain State Park today.  State Parks Director Greg Lein says additional cuts could be devastating and officials want lawmakers to preserve the department's funding. Lein says the parks system's emergency and reserve funds are depleted.

People who sell alcohol and those who drink it are expected at two public hearings today.

The Alabama Alcohol Beverages Study Commission will convene today in Huntsville and Hoover.

Gadsden City leaders have set 6 a.m. as the time when alcoholic beverages may begin to be sold on Sundays.

The Gadsden Times reports city council unanimously approved the start time during a meeting on Tuesday. Gadsden voters approved of Sunday sales in an Aug. 26 referendum. The newspaper reports that city ordinances prevent alcohol sales between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on other days of the week.

by Brett Tannehill

A judge in Blount County is being asked to rule on a 2009 state law which had led to alcohol sales being allowed in several dozen Alabama towns. The communities that could be affected by the ruling are in "dry" counties around the state.

Some attorneys suggest that if the judge rules the law unconstitutional, then those small "wet" towns across the state could dry up.

Alex Smith, an attorney for the city of Oneonta, says a ruling that the law is unconstitutional has the potential for creating "judicial and legislative chaos."

Beer Firm: State OKs Brew With Controversial Name

Jul 31, 2012
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A beer distributor says Alabama's alcohol board has reversed an earlier decision to ban a beer over its name, and will now allow it to be sold in the state.

The Birmingham Beverage Co. said in a statement that Alabama's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will allow the sale of Dirty Bastard Beer.

State officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the decision.