PRIVATE SCHOOL TAX CREDITS
Ala. governor seeks votes on delaying tax credits
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley is spending the weekend trying to round up legislative support for his proposal to delay Alabama's new private school tax credits for two years.
Bentley spoke Saturday at the Alabama League of Municipalities convention in Montgomery and urged several hundred city officials to contact their legislators before the Legislature's last meeting day on Monday. Bentley said he's also contacting legislators by letter and in person.
The governor said he wants a delay because the tax credits will reduce tax collections and make it harder for the state to repay $423 million borrowed from the Alabama Trust Fund. He said the repayment should be important to city officials because cities get 10% of the earnings from the trust fund.
HUNTING CAMP SHOOTING
Ala. man shot in groin by hog hunter at camp
COTTONDALE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man shot in the groin at an Alabama hunting camp may have been mistaken for wild game.
Al.com reports the Tuscaloosa County sheriff's homicide unit is investigating the shooting early Saturday, which sent a 26-year-old man to a hospital for surgery.
Investigators say the victim was shot by a 36-year-old old man who was hunting wild hogs, and they suspect the hunter believed he was firing his gun at an animal. Authorities said both men had permission to be at the hunting camp on Clements Road.
Investigators released the suspect without charging him, but say they're still investigating. They say no foul play is suspected.
Authorities did not identify the hunter or the person who was shot.
RAPE CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED
Judge grants Troy man new trial in rapes of women
TROY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama judge has overturned a Troy man's two rape convictions and ordered a new trial, saying prosecutors failed to share evidence relevant to the man's defense.
The Dothan Eagle reports 36-year-old Andre Lamon Ellis was granted a new trial Friday by Pike County Circuit Judge Jeffrey W. Kelley. A jury in March sentenced Ellis to 85 years in prison after convicting him of raping two women at Hunter's Mountain Mobile Estates.
The judge said prosecutors failed to disclose to Ellis' lawyers interviews in which 1 of the victims made inconsistent statements. They also didn't share a police affidavit that says one victim examining a photo lineup identified a suspect other than Ellis.
Assistant District Attorney Chris Kaminski says prosecutors are reviewing options with the Court of Criminal Appeals.
Flash flooding from storms reported in east Ala.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Forecasters say flash flooding across roads is being reported in eastern Alabama and more could occur as showers and thunderstorms move into the central areas of the state.
Al.com reports National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Talley said Saturday flash floods were reported from Talladega to Oxford about 20 miles away. Emergency officials in St. Clair County reported some flooding in the Moody and Odenville areas and along parts of Highway 78.
The weather service Saturday issued a hazardous weather outlook for more than 30 Alabama counties.
CHILD RUN OVER
Ala. woman charged with running over child age 3
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Police say a Talladega woman has been charged with manslaughter after a running over a 3-year-old child who fell out of her SUV.
The Daily Home of Talladega reports Rymeshia Williams was arrested Friday and charged with manslaughter. A judge set her bond at $30,000.
Police Capt. John McCoy says Williams told investigators the child freed itself from restraints inside the car Thursday afternoon and fell out while she was driving. He says police are still trying to piece together what happened. After being run over, the child died several hours later at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.
The child's identity was not immediately released and it was unclear if Williams was the mother. It was also unknown if Williams had hired an attorney.
Kennedy tries new strategy for Ala. Democrats
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Nearly a month has passed since the chairman and staff of the Alabama Democratic Party quit and started the new Alabama Democratic Majority.
Chairman Mark Kennedy said the new organization has the enthusiasm and youthfulness that the state Democratic Party lacked. He says it is raising money and has already signed up 2,000 volunteers to help in next year's election.
The acting leader of the Democratic Party, Nancy Worley, says the party's executive committee will meet June 1 in Montgomery to select a new leader.
No big names have announced for the position. Veteran Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says he wonders who would want to lead a divided party.
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