Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Friday, the 30th and final day of the 2009
legislative session:
-Heard House Speaker Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia, announce that he
won't run for re-election next year.
-Couldn't agree on a replacement for Jefferson County's
occupational tax.
-Gave its annual Shroud Award to Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery,
in recognition of his failed efforts to remove the state sales tax

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Votes Thursday as the Alabama House, on
a 59-38 vote, overrode Gov. Bob Riley's changes to the General Fund
budget. Voting yes were 1 Republican and 58 Democrats. Voting no
were 37 Republicans and 1 Democrat. Not voting were 5 Republicans
and 2 Democrats. Abstaining were 0 Republicans and 0 Democrats.

Greeson, T. (Ider);

Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is looking into the second shooting involving a Montgomery Police officer.

An unidentified man was shot after police were called to an apartment on the 37 HUNDRED Block of Wesley Drive just after 2 o'clock this morning.

Police were called by a mother and daughter who said they had fought off a man who tried to rape the mother's 20 year old, pregnant, daughter. Both women were suffering from non-life threating cuts with the pregnant woman receiving a cut on her stomach.

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators return today to the
recently flooded Alabama Statehouse for the final two days of the
2009 regular session with everything from a state budget to tax
preparers and rabies shots on their agenda.
A major factor will be the $2.5 billion General Fund budget to
fund state troopers, prisons and most state services. The
Legislature passed the budget last week and sent it to Governor
Riley said Wednesday he will send the budget back to lawmakers

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Federal prosecutors have recommended
that former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman be sentenced to 20 years in
prison when he receives a new sentencing hearing in federal court
in Montgomery.
That's a much longer sentence than the more than seven-year
prison term Siegelman originally received for his 2006 conviction
in a federal government corruption case. The recommendation comes
after a panel of three appellate judges dismissed two of the seven
charges the former governor was convicted of and ordered a new

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The General Fund budget approved by the
Legislature will expand Alabama's insurance program for children to
cover 14,000 more children from working families lacking insurance.
The expansion was allowed by Congress in February when it raised
the federal tobacco tax to pay for more children's health
insurance. The Legislature provided the matching state money
necessary for the expansion last week when it approved a state
General Fund budget for the fiscal year starting October 1st.

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's counties with the worst
unemployment were left out of the first highway projects funded by
the federal stimulus money in the state.
The Alabama Department of Transportation on April 10 let bids
for projects funded by stimulus money in 10 Alabama counties. There
were no projects on the list for Wilcox County. The unemployment
rate in Wilcos is highest in the state at 22.5 percent.
Dallas and Chambers counties each have 18.1 percent unemployment

Jacksonville, Florida – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The states of Florida and Alabama are
meeting Georgia in federal court in Jacksonville over the
allocation of water from Lake Lanier, which is the city of
Atlanta's water supply.
U.S. District Judge Paul Manguson will hear arguments Monday
from the three states over the legality of the water supply
allocations from Lake Lanier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Florida and Alabama are both downstream from Lake Lanier and
would like to see the amount of water released from the

Montgomery, Alabama – There was water everywhere that it should not have been yesterday; flooding the State House and cars parked in downtown Montgomery, flooding homes and churches.

National Weather Service Forecaster Kevin Laws says the excessive rainfall was a nightmare borne out of combination of elements including a slow moving storm system and saturated atmosphere.