Montgmomery, Alabama –
A Montgomery man must serve life in prison for armed robbery.

29 year old Mark Giles received the sentence under the Alabama Habitual Felony Offender's Act. Giles' most recent crime, an armed robbery of a fast food restaurant on Carmichael Road last year.

Giles told authorities he committed the crime to pay for his mother's funeral.

Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama Democratic Party officials are
asking state and federal authorities to investigate an election day
prank by a conservative radio commentator in Huntsville.
Conservative radio commentator Dale Jackson of WVNN in
Huntsville read a phony news release on air and posted a copy to
his Web site Tuesday morning. The release made prominent use of the
Alabama state seal.
The release said because of heavy turnout, the polls would be
open for two days. It said supporters for Republican Paul Sanford

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama may not opens its doors as wide
this year for hurricane evacuees from Louisiana and other states.
Gov. Bob Riley said Tuesday the state will not take as many
evacuees into shelters from out-of-state this year to make sure
shelter space is available for Alabama residents. He said the state
will be particularly cautious about filling shelters if there's a
chance another hurricane could affect the Alabama coast.
More than 6,500 evacuees, mostly from Louisiana, filled 28

Birmingham,Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Alabama's most populous
county are trying to figure their way out of a worsening financial
Members of the Jefferson County Commission are scheduled to meet
behind closed doors Tuesday in Birmingham to discuss alternatives
to a court ruling that's caused a major revenue crunch. The problem
comes with the county already trying to avoid bankruptcy because of
a debt crisis.
After years of litigation, a judge has barred the county from

Montgomery, Alabama – A second private school in Montgomery has shut down; this time Calvary Christian Academy closed its doors Monday because of low enrollment.

Calvary Christian Academy officials point to the economy as a reason for the school's closing. Calvary Christian Academy officials mailed parents a full refund for the 2009-2010 school fees paid.

Just last week, Taylor Road Academy filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy without giving parents or teachers prior notice.

Montgomery, Alabama – Autauga County is the latest area of the state to discover a case of swine flu.

State Health Department officials say there are now 92 confirmed and 8 probable case of swine flu or H1N1 Influenza in Alabama.

So far, there have been NO hospitalizations or serious complications among people with the virus in Alabama.

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) -Four Alabama counties have been given federal disaster status as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, and straight-line winds during the period of May 6-8.

President Barack Obama declared a federal disaster on Wednesday
for Autauga, Bullock, Elmore, and Montgomery counties. The declaration makes federal funds available for repair and replacement of facilities damaged by the storms.

JACKSON, Miss. –
(AP) - Interim Southern Christian Leadership
Conference President Rev. Byron Clay says he's been traveling
around the country, trying to mobilize marchers for his group's
renewed "Poor People's Campaign."
Clay says he's unsure how many will be drawn to Jackson for the
June 20 demonstration at the state Capitol.
Clay was in Jackson on Wednesday to announce details about the
campaign that is similar to the initiative Dr. Martin Luther King
was working on before he was killed 1968.

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
The Birmingham News reviewed the requests and found that most of
them steered toward high-tech defense contractors and university
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.