Governor Robert Bentley says there are no easy solutions to the state's budget and prison problems. Bentley, in his second inaugural address, said state leaders face tough decisions as they come into office for the next four years. However, Bentley said state leaders will not shrink away from the challenge.
A budget shortfall and the state's severely overcrowded prisons are expected to be the biggest problems facing the Legislature when it convenes in March. The governor is expected to give his proposals when he gives his State of the State address in March.
Volunteers are turning out across Alabama to participate with service projects on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The nonprofit Hands On Birmingham expects Monday to exceed its record turnout of 1,800 volunteers last year. The group is helping coordinate more than 30 projects ranging from pulling weeds on overgrown lots to painting hallways and classrooms at a middle school.
Stephanie Willis, director of Hands On Birmingham, calls the holiday honoring the late civil rights leader "our largest day of service throughout the year."
A nonprofit group is looking to raise money to turn a Bessemer jail cell that held Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists into a tourist attraction.
WBRC-TV (http://bit.ly/1cHG5LK) reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's office found the original doors to the cell that held King for a night before he was sent to the Birmingham jail for disturbing the peace. Authorities say they still have the docket book with King's name in it and his booking card.
The Montgomery church where Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor will join other many other locations in ringing bells at the moment when King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago.
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery will ring bells at 2 p.m. CDT Wednesday as part of the Let Freedom Ring Celebration commemorating King's speech in Washington in 1963. King served as pastor of the church from 1954 to 1960. His leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 made him a national figure in the civil rights movement.