Montgomery, Alabama –
Governor Bob Riley says he is considering calling state lawmakers into a special session to help Jefferson County deal with its financial woes.

The Governor says he will act swiftly because Jefferson County officials expect to run out of money to make payroll in late August.

Birmingham,Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The July chill is setting records for
low temperatures across Alabama.
The National Weather Service said at least nine cities in
central Alabama had their lowest recorded temperatures ever for
July 20 on Monday morning. All had overnight lows in the mid- to
upper 50s. Pinson got down to 55 degrees, six degrees cooler than
the previous low of 61 in 1962.
It was just as cool in the Tennessee Valley region, and
overnight lows reached the mid-60s as far south as the coast.

Atlanta,Georgia –
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta City Council has cleared the way for
a civil and human rights museum to pay $11.5 million left on a loan
so the museum can acquire display rights to 10,000 documents
belonging to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
In the down economy, private fundraising has stalled to pay off
the original $32 million loan made in 2006 to buy the Morehouse
College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection.
Under a proposal approved by the council on Monday on a 12-0

Birmingham, Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge
has ordered a Walker County bingo hall to close immediately after
ruling its operation had not complied with county law.
Judge Robert Vance issued the order Monday against Helping Hands
Charity Bingo following a hearing last week. Vance has been
assigned several bingo cases, including Walker County cases and one
from Lowndes County.
Annette Graveman, an official with Helping Hands, said the hall

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is getting ready for its fourth
annual sales tax holiday on Aug. 7-9
The state government is waiving its 4 percent sales tax on
back-to-school items purchased between 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7
and midnight Sunday, Aug. 9.
The state Revenue Department reports that many cities and
counties are also waving their local sales taxes for the weekend.
The state's most populous county, Jefferson County, is not
participating this year. County officials say the anticipated

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police and Firemedics are at the scene of an incident involving a CSX transport train and a dump truck.

Just after 8 o'clock this morning units were called to the area of 1001 North Court Street with reports of a collision involving a slow moving train and a dump truck.

Reports from Montgomery Firemedics indicate there was one minor injury, that to the driver of the dump truck, as the engine of the train and the dump truck collided.

Montgomery, Alabama – A 30 year old Montgomery man is charged with the murder of two sisters early Friday morning.

Charlie Perdue is being held charged with two counts of capital murder and one count of attempted murder.

Police allege Purdue shot 29 year old Valentia Henderson and her sister, 27 year old Lasandra Henderson, to death outside the Sandy Street home of their brother, 31 year old Jermain Henderson.

Jermaine Henderson is in critical conditions following the shooting.

Washington, D. C. – WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has
vowed to not let her personal views affect how she would rule on
cases from the nation's highest court.
In an exchange with the ranking Republican on the Senate
Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Sotomayor said she believes comments
she has made about the value of life's experiences have been
misinterpreted by her critics.
Sotomayor said flatly to Alabama's Sen. Jeff Sessions: "I do
not permit my sympathies, personal views or prejudices influence

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial after
jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Alabama's
prescription drug overpricing lawsuit against California-based
Watson Pharmaceuticals.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price said Monday jurors
appeared to be hopelessly deadlocked after more than 7 hours of
deliberations. He said he expects the case will be tried with a new
jury in September.
Attorneys for the state claimed Watson cheated the state's

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama and Georgia are scrambling to
get tax refunds issued before they have to pay interest on them.
Both states have laws requiring them to pay interest to
taxpayers who filed by the April 15 deadline but don't get their
refunds within 90 days. That deadline is Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Georgia Department of Revenue says it
appears some interest may have to be paid. But Alabama Revenue
Commissioner Tim Russell says his department is rushing to get all
refunds issued by Wednesday and avoid interest.