Jefferson County commissioners have approved a more than $463 million budget presented by County Manager Tony Petelos. The commission approved the budget on Tuesday. WBRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/18xFyXP) that it includes more money to purchase equipment which has been neglected for years because of the county's money troubles. The budget will include a 2 percent cost-of-living raise for county workers for the first time in years. Petelos said the county needs to do more to keep workers from leaving.
In response to concerns about jail overcrowding, state officials are considering a proposal to move some female inmates into a shuttered facility in Jefferson County.