Montgomery, Alabama – GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - A Baldwin County School Board vote is expected soon on closing two schools - Vaughn Elementary and the Alternative School. A vote could come Thursday. The move is to help ease the blow of state-mandated budget cuts that are costing the local systems millions of dollars. Closing the schools is expected to save the board close to $2.5 million next year, according to school board documents. Vaughn Elementary in Stockton cost the board $1.2 million to
Samson, Alabama – (AP) - Hundreds of people filled a church in Samson for a memorial service for four of the 10 people who were slain during a shooting rampage in south Alabama last week. The victims remembered Tuesday were all relatives of the alleged gunman, Michael McLendon. Pastors urged mourners to make Samson a town known for love rather than the violence that claimed so many lives. A long funeral procession headed by emergency vehicles led four hearses through town after the memorial.
Ozark,Alabama – (AP) - Authorities in Ozark said an infant drowned in a bathtub. Dale County Cororner Woody Hilboldt says 10-month-old Marie Otero went under early Tuesday at her home on Campground Road. Police said the baby was taken to Dale Medical Center where hospital personnel spent about an hour trying to revive her with CPR. Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said the infant's death was ruled an accident. The incident remains under investigation.
Montgomery, Alabama – Few details are available in the murder investigation underway in the capital City.
Montgomery Police Major Huey Thornton says they are not releasing the name of the victim, but the 34 year old man was shot several times and apparently fell over a second story guard rail at Town Plaza Motel early Tuesday.
Police are not releasing a motive in the city's 8th homicide so far this year.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Montgomery police at 241-2651 or the Secret Witness line 262-4000.
Knoxville,Tennessee – (AP) - A new report says 13 Appalachian states could create thousands of jobs and save billions of dollars in energy costs if they aggressively pursued a strategy of energy efficiency. That's according to a report for the Appalachian Regional Commission being released Wednesday. The report prepared by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance says that if left unchecked, energy consumption in Appalachia will rise 28 percent by 2030 - far outpacing the nation as a whole and requiring as many as 40 new coal-fired power plants.