Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Efforts to allow the sale of stronger beer in Alabama are brewing again in the Legislature. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted without dissent Wednesday for a bill that would allow the sale of beer with up to 13.9 percent alcohol by volume. The president of Free the Hops, Stuart Carter of Birmingham, says Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia currently have the nation's strictest limit on beer at 6 percent alcohol by volume.
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Its happened again. Two men were shot when they attempted to repossess a vehicle in northeast Birmingham. Birmingham Police said 30-year-old Jason Williamson is recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck. He was listed in serious condition at UAB Hospital. A co-worker, 28-year-old Garron Freeman, was also hit by the bullet. His injury was described as minor and he was treated and released. Police said the shootings occurred Tuesday night. No arrests were made.
Montgomery, Alabama – A bill that would define the term "moral turpitude" has made it through a House committee. The bill would identify more than 70 felonies as crimes, which if committed, would prevent a convicted person from voting.
The bill would also keep a convicted felon from automatically having his or her voting rights restored. The measure is headed to the full Alabama House for consideration.
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Access to health care in Alabama during the recession is the focus of a gathering being held in Birmingham. About 300 community leaders, health care providers and consumers are expected for the Health Care Access Conference being held Tuesday at Birmingham-Southern College. The event is meant to highlight what organizers say is a crisis in health care as budget shortfalls cut into spending for programs including Medicaid and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature convenes Tuesday for a recession-driven session with less money to spend. Alabama legislators go into the session expecting to have to cut the education budget for the second year in a row - something no current member of the Legislature has ever had to do. The school budget shrank from $6.7 billion in fiscal 2008 to $6.3 billion this year. But the governor has had to slice it to $6.0 billion due to dwindling tax collections. The Legislature's
January 6,2009 – (Decatur, AL) Mystery solved in case of a missing Decatur police officer. Officials say -48- year old Sgt. Faron White has been arrested in Las Vagas, Nevada. He is accused of staging his disappearance to cover up the theft of more than -25- hundred dollars from the Decatur Police Department.
January 6,2009 – Autagua County has a new School Superintendent. Greg Faulkner took over the job Monday, and he now leads a school system dealing with $5 million in funding cuts because of proration of the state education budget.
Faulkner says his top priority is finding ways to save money, and he says the school system will no doubt dip into $4.8 million it has in reserves.