Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's two U.S. senators - Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Republicans, each have about $400 million in funding requests for special projects in Alabama next year. The Birmingham News reviewed the requests and found that most of them steered toward high-tech defense contractors and university researchers. This is the first year senators have been required to disclose their earmark requests at the front end of the appropriations process, well before the final bills are written.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says senators must carefully study Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's statement about federal appellate courts making legal policy. Speaking on a nationally broadcast interview a day after President Barack Obama introduced Sotomayor (SUHN'-ya soh-toh-my-YOR'), Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said a statement she was recorded by videotape as making at a law seminar bothers him. She observed at one point in the appearance that federal appellate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Alabama health officials say the swine flu virus is still circulating in the state, with symptoms being reported as recently as last week. Health officials say the number of confirmed cases in the state has grown to 63 and that number remained unchanged Thursday. Three other cases are probable. A case was found in Lee County for the first time and the virus has also been identified in Blount, Etowah, Jefferson, Limestone, Mobile, Montgomery, Pike and Shelby counties.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate in April remained unchanged at 9 percent. The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations said Friday it was the first time the jobless rate has not increased in 18 months. According ADIR Director Tom Surtees April's figure represents more 191,000 Alabamians out of work. The department says the counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox at 22.2 percent, Chambers at 17.3 percent and Lowndes at 17.1 percent.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - An attorney for five Birmingham police officers who were fired after being shown on videotape beating an unconscious suspect says they were doing their job and following their training. Attorney Gayle Gear said Thursday that the officers did not know that the suspect, Anthony Warren, had been ejected from his car and was unconscious after it crashed at the end of a police chase. Gear said the officers have appealed their dismissal to the Jefferson County Personnel Board.
Washintgon, D.C. – WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider throwing out the death sentence for a mentally impaired Alabama man who killed his former lover. Holly Wood was convicted in the shooting death of his former girlfriend, Ruby Lois Gosha, in 1993. She was killed by a shotgun blast to her head as she slept in her home in Troy, Ala. A federal judge tossed out the death sentence on the basis of the poor performance of Wood's lawyer in the sentencing phase of