Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Department of Transportation expects to receive anywhere from $500 to $550 million in economic stimulus funding. Tony Harris, a spokesman for Transportation Department, says the money will be used on projects that are "shovel ready" or that can begin within 120 days of receipt of federal dollars.
Montgomery, Alabama – It's costing more to fill up gas tanks in Alabama. AAA Alabama's recent survey finds the state wide average for regular gasoline is five cents higher than it was a month ago. AAA Alabama shows the average statewide price for regular gasoline is $1.79 per gallon while the national average is $1.91.
AAA's daily fuel gauge report finds mid-grade averages $1.91 while premium costs $1.97 a gallon.
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Survey crews from the National Weather Service have confirmed tornado damage in Randolph County near the Georgia line. The twister touched down Wednesday night. It was classified as an E-F-1 with estimated peak winds of 90 miles-per-hour. Forecasters said the tornado's path was concentrated along Randolph County Road 296. Meteorologists also determined it was straight line winds that left scattered damage in Dallas, Perry, Sumter, Greene and Hale counties.
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, speaking with WVAS news during his visit to Montgomery,says that he voted in favor of the plan because it will do such things as help extend benefits to those who are unemployed, generate new jobs, and help Alabama's ailing general fund and education fund budget.
Montgomery, Alabama – In Alabama today it is the calm after the storm. The good news is that there are no reports of any lives being lost overnight during the stormy weather that hit the state in two waves beginning around 6:00 p.m.
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama officials speculate the state will receive about $3 billion dollars from the $787 billion dollar economic stimulus bill.
Alabama Education Association Executive Secretary Paul Hubbert says the portion set aside for education should help keep about 3,700 Alabama teachers and 4,000 support personnel from losing their jobs.
State Senator Hank Sanders, who chairs the Senate Education and Budget Committee, says while the funds will help, he is not sure if the portion for education will stem layoffs.
Montgomery, Alabama – For Wilcox County, an already bad situation is worsening. Wilcox County has Alabama's highest unemployment rate, and recently the Wilcox County Community of Pine Hill lost 300 jobs with the closing of a mill.
Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, the only member of Alabama's congressional delegation to vote in favor of the economic stimulus bill, says the measure will offer some immediate help by extending unemployment benefits for the nation's jobless. Davis says long-term benefits include the creation of jobs around the nation.
Montgomery, Alabama – It was a tragic scene Sunday in a Dalraida apartment, two women and a man lay dead of gunshot wounds and three young children were inside the residence.
Montgomery Police say it appears 29-year-old Salatho Brown killed 32-year-old La Tonya Wilkins-Harvest,the woman with whom he live. Police allege Brown also shot and killed Wilkins-Harvest's mother, 52 year old Marthella Wilkins. Police say Brown then turned the gun upon himself.
Three children, ages 13, 11, and 7 were inside the apartment but were not injured.