ALABAMA BUDGET PROBLEMS: Alabama lawmakers are gearing up for the start of this year`s legislative session, but they say they will be haunted by the ghost of budgets past. They are predicting a shortfall of between $200-$300 million dollars; State House Speaker Seth Hammett calls the situation, "dire". Hammett also says Governor Riley hasn`t suggested any combination of cuts and new revenue to make up the gap. GAY MARRIGE: Also on the agenda, two non-budget issues that are sure to spark controversy. Leaders of the Democrat majority say that one of those will be passing a gay marriage amendment to the State Constituion, and the other, removing certain racist language from that same constitution. The removal effort failed last fall because opponents of the so-called amendment two painted it as a back-door effort to raise taxes for education. SCRUSHY TRIAL: Prosecution testimony continued in Birmingham yesterday, in the massive fraud case involving former Healthsouth CEO Richard Scrushy. Healthsouth`s first Chief Financial Officer testified yesterday, that Scrushy told him and a colleague to, (quote), "Fix the numbers" (unquote), when quarterly earnings were below analyst expectations in mid-1996. In a 58-count indictment, the government contends Scrushy conspired to inflate earnings by two point seven billion dollars from 1996 to 2002. Scrushy`s defense contends the fraud was carried out by a group of executives without his knowledge. Scrushy`s defense contends the fraud was carried out by a group of executives without his knowledge.
One Vehicle Accident In Enterprise Leads To Arrest
On May 16, 2013, the Enterprise Police Department responded to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Boll Weevil Circle and Lee Street.
Dothan Police Arrest Convicted Sex Officer For Working Too Close To An Area School
On May 17, 2013 the Dothan Police Department arrested Shelly Newton after confirming he worked at a local business too close to a school.
Adopt a Pet 5-17-2013
The Dothan Animal Shelter and Save a Pet need your help in placing lovable animals into good homes.
Two Dothan Men Arrested for Burglary
Ryan Rodriguez and Lamar Wade were arrested for breaking into a Dothan home.
Unedited: James Reading Seeks Another Term
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Houston County Rabies Clinic Offered Saturday
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WCSO Deputies Use Bike Patrol as Another Crime-Fighting Tool
The Walton County Sheriff's Office adds bike patrol to their department.
Students Get Fit Using Video Games
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House Agriculture Committee Approves New Farm Bill
New five year bill includes cost savings and reforms.
Governor Rick Scott Announces Florida's 2012 Uniform Crime Report
Floridians are safer today than any time in the last 42 years.