December 9,2008 – The Montgomery County Commission is cutting its projected spending for 2009 by 10 percent and putting a hiring freeze in place. This after recording a 9 percent decline in sales tax collections for November.

Officials say no dangerous substance was found in a suspicious letter mailed to Alabama's Capitol Monday. The letter was addressed to Governor bob Riley. Similar letters were mailed around the country to five other governors.

Former Governor Don Siegelman will appear before the 11th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta today. Siegleman hopes to overturn his 2006 conviction on bribery and government corruption charges. Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Attorneys for co-defendant, former Health South CEO Richard Scrushy, will also seek to have Scrushy's conviction overturned. Scrushy was sentenced to almost seven years in prison.