Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery is the new minority leader in the Alabama Senate. The Senate Democratic Caucus announced that it picked Ross to replace Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, who did not seek another term. The caucus said Figures will become the group's treasurer.
Ross is taking over the leadership of a smaller minority. Going into the Nov. 4 election, Democrats held 12 of the 35 seats in the Senate. They now have eight.
Attorneys generals from Georgia and Alabama have applauded a 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that overturned a regulation clamping down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.
Alabama and Georgia joined with 13 other states in challenging the rule.
The EPA had adopted the rule in an attempt to cut down on downwind air pollution from power plants.