Robert Vance

Alabama Gas Company

A judge has lifted his ban that temporarily blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information from Alabama Gas Corp. documents.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance issued an order Tuesday dissolving his order that prohibited the newspaper from using information from a utility document about gas lines.

Alagasco sought the ban arguing that information in the document could present a national security threat, and the judge agreed initially.

Ala. General Fund Getting Money From Casino Raid

Aug 28, 2012
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The state's troubled General Fund is getting nearly $550,000 from a raid on a gambling hall in Lowndes County. Attorney General Luther Strange's office announced that Circuit Judge Robert Vance approved the forfeiture of the money to state. Alabama's gambling task force seized the money during a raid on electronic bingo machines at the White Hall Entertainment Center in March 2009. The operators, Cornerstone Community Outreach and Freedom Trail Ventures, recently agreed to forfeit the $549,981. The judge approved it in a one-paragraph order Tuesday.