(AP) - The panel reviewing NASA's future plans
for human space flight is convening for a session in Alabama.
The Human Space Flight Review Committee will hold a public
hearing Wednesday in Huntsville at the U.S. Space and Rocket
The session will open with a statement by Robert Lightfoot,
acting director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville. It will include a review of NASA's Constellation
program, the agency's current framework for sending astronauts back

Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's Attorney General's office is warning consumers to beware of scam artists claiming to have free government stimulus money for them.

The latest round of scams have been reported in the south east Alabama city of Dothan with some residents being told that they could receive a free -1- THOUSAND dollar food voucher, but to receive it, the person must pay $3.95 cents by credit card or debit card.

The scam artist then steals the person's identity and credit card information.

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has slid down a notch on the
2009 Kids Count survey that tracks the well being of children in
each state by using a variety of benchmarks.
The state is ranked 48th in the study released Tuesday by the
Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report says Alabama has shown
improvements in four of 10 indicators: infant mortality, teen birth
rate, high school dropout rate and the percent of teens who aren't
in school and are not working.

(AP) - Alabama cities and counties are getting
enough federal stimulus money to hire 114 police officers.
Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder
announced the law enforcement grants for all 50 states Tuesday. The
grants will employ more than 1,000 officers nationwide for three
Huntsville is getting $2.6 million to employ 15 officers. Mobile
is receiving nearly $2.5 million for 20 officers. Tuscaloosa is
getting more than $2 million for a dozen officers.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – (AP) - The party's over in Tuscaloosa: The
University of Alabama has fallen off a list of the nation's top
party schools.
The Princeton Review didn't include the Capstone in its annual
ranking of the top U.S. campuses for partying, which goes on sale
Alabama was ranked 19th on the list last year, and there was a
time when it was near the top. Bama ranked No. 2 nationally as a
party school in 2000.
But the school has tried to put more of a focus on academics,

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State legislators are calling for an
investigation and review of personnel practices since learning that
a Statehouse employee kept his job for nearly two years after he
was questioned about leaving marijuana and drug paraphernalia in
one of their offices.
Lawmakers also say they want to know why they were not informed
of the incident involving maintenance worker Lorenza Hooks for
years and wonder if a cover up and more people were involved.

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - IndyCar racing is coming to Alabama. Gov. Bob Riley was scheduled to be in the Birmingham area Monday to announce that the Barber Motorsports Park will play host to open-wheel racing starting next year.
Reports say the race will be called the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Promoters hope it will attract as many as 100,000 people to the track, located east of downtown Birmingham near Leeds.
Indy cars conducted two days of testing at the Barber Motorsports Park earlier this year.

Tuskegee, Alabama – Tuskegee Police have made an arrest in a Wednesday night murder. Officials say they are questioning a suspect, but are not releasing a name. We have learned that the victim in the shooting late Wednesday is 23 year old man, LeAntonio Fields of Tuskegee. Fields was fatally shot following an altercation in the Ridgeview community. Tuskegee police are looking for a second suspect in this murder, but they are not releasing details.

Clanton,Alabama –
CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - The Justice Department is suing the owner
and two employees of a 72-unit apartment complex in Clanton for
allegedly discriminating against blacks when renting apartments.
The lawsuit announced claims Kenneth R. "Ken" Scott and
Frankie L. Roberson told white individuals posing as renters that a
major selling point of Rolling Oaks Apartments was the lack of
black tenants and that the apartments had adopted policies intended
to discourage blacks from applying. Owner Chandi Biswas is also

Montgomery, Alabama – Senate Senator Myron Penn (Dem) of Union Springs says he will not seek another term in office next year.

Penn, who serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he wants to devote more time to his law practice and his family.

Former Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford and State Representative Billy Beasley have announced plans to run for the seat.