Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley's administration has launched a state Web site that details state spending, including contracts, leases and bids that have been awarded. Riley says the Web site (http://www.open.alabama.gov) is another step in bringing greater transparency to government spending. The site includes thousands of expenditures. The spending is not yet searchable by topic, but Riley says that feature will be added by Sept. 1. The Web site also provides links to other sites that provide
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day: COMMITEES -Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would prohibit a judge from imposing a death sentence in a capital murder case if the jury recommended life in prison without parole. Goes to Senate. -Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to provide a 180-day moratorium on foreclosures on some types of home loans. Goes to Senate. -Senate Confirmations Committee delayed consideration of the
Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - State Rep. Laura Hall has scored an easy victory in the Democratic primary to choose a new District 7 state senator, while attorney Sam Givhan led on the Republican side but was headed for a runoff. Hall took about 80 percent of the vote against Alabama A&M graduate student Anthony Daniels, the other Democratic candidate. There were six Republican candidates in the contest to succeed Democrat Parker Griffith of Huntsville, who won a congressional seat last November.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the ninth meeting day of the regular session: HOUSE -Debated, but did not vote on a bill to place stiffer penalties on truck drivers and companies that don't properly tie down steel coils on the back of trucks. -Passed a bill to require DNA testing of all suspects arrested on felony charges. Goes to Senate. -Approved a bill that allows gourmet beers with higher alcohol contents to be sold in Alabama. Goes to Senate.
Montgomery,Alabama – In July of 2007, Micah J. Day of Millbrook ran his vehicle into a car on Hayneville Road and the Western Boulevard;the driver was not injured.
Day kept driving and minutes later ran his vehicle into another one; this time slamming it into a utility pole on Old Selma Road, killing the driver, off duty Montgomery Police Officer Robert Edward McCory.
Day must serve 35 years in prison for reckless murder. Prosecutors say at the time of the fatal traffic accident, Day was under the influence of alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana.