Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama State University is partnering with Montgomery Public Schools in an effort to reduce fuel costs and help the environment.

Dr. Shree Singh with ASU's Biology Department says that ASU's scientists will aid in turning cooking oil from Montgomery Public School cafeterias into bio-diesel to run MPS buses.

Montgomery schools spokeswoman Mona Davis says the system spends more than $1 million on fuel each year, so being able to use bio-diesel would make a big difference.

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary
Committee says senators must carefully study Supreme Court nominee
Sonia Sotomayor's statement about federal appellate courts making
legal policy.
Speaking on a nationally broadcast interview a day after
President Barack Obama introduced Sotomayor (SUHN'-ya
soh-toh-my-YOR'), Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said a statement she
was recorded by videotape as making at a law seminar bothers him.
She observed at one point in the appearance that federal appellate

(AP) - Alabama health officials say the swine
flu virus is still circulating in the state, with symptoms being
reported as recently as last week.
Health officials say the number of confirmed cases in the state
has grown to 63 and that number remained unchanged Thursday. Three
other cases are probable.
A case was found in Lee County for the first time and the virus
has also been identified in Blount, Etowah, Jefferson, Limestone,
Mobile, Montgomery, Pike and Shelby counties.

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate in April
remained unchanged at 9 percent.
The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations said Friday it
was the first time the jobless rate has not increased in 18 months.
According ADIR Director Tom Surtees April's figure represents
more 191,000 Alabamians out of work.
The department says the counties with the highest unemployment
rates are Wilcox at 22.2 percent, Chambers at 17.3 percent and
Lowndes at 17.1 percent.

Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - An attorney for five Birmingham police
officers who were fired after being shown on videotape beating an
unconscious suspect says they were doing their job and following
their training.
Attorney Gayle Gear said Thursday that the officers did not know
that the suspect, Anthony Warren, had been ejected from his car and
was unconscious after it crashed at the end of a police chase.
Gear said the officers have appealed their dismissal to the
Jefferson County Personnel Board.

Washintgon, D.C. –
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider
throwing out the death sentence for a mentally impaired Alabama man
who killed his former lover.
Holly Wood was convicted in the shooting death of his former
girlfriend, Ruby Lois Gosha, in 1993. She was killed by a shotgun
blast to her head as she slept in her home in Troy, Ala.
A federal judge tossed out the death sentence on the basis of
the poor performance of Wood's lawyer in the sentencing phase of

Birmingham,Alabama –
Jefferson County soldier dies in Afghanistan

Montgomery, Alabama – Early on, health officials warned of the spread of swine flu in Alabama. To date,officials say there are now six confirmed cases of swine flu in Montgomery County.

Alabama Department of Public Health spokesman Dr. Jim McVay says there are a total of 66 cases around the state. McVay says of the cases of N1H1 flu none of the patients recently traveled outside the country.

Alabama Department of Public Health Spokesman Jim McVay encourages good hygiene practices to prevent developing the influenza and stemming its spread.