Alabama offering free photo IDs to vote
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Voters who don't have a valid photo ID to use in Alabama's elections can get one free at county board of registrars' offices.
Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says registrars' offices in every county will be offering the free IDs, starting this week.
Alabama's new law requiring a valid photo ID to vote takes effect with the primary election June 3. Many types of photo IDs can be used, including an Alabama driver's license, Alabama non-driver ID, state-issued ID, federal ID, passport, Alabama college ID, military ID and employee ID from a federal, state, county or city government.
Those without a proper ID can get one free by going to a registrars' office with documents showing their full legal name, date of birth and address.
49 winter-related fire deaths noted in Alabama
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - State fire officials say more Alabamians died this winter because of improper use of heating appliances and other issues.
Spokesman for the Alabama Fire Marshal's Office Steve Holmes tells the Anniston Star that 49 people in the state died in fires between December and February. The number is up from 39 during the time same period in 2012.
Holmes attributes the additional deaths to colder than normal weather and people taking extreme measures to try staying warm.
Spokesman for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Brandon Avila says the poor are disproportionately impacted by winter house fires.
Avila says many low-income households have to resort to different measures to heat their homes. The LIHEAP program budgeted $49 million for heating and cooling costs in Alabama this year.
Ex-Ala. court clerk guilty in line jumping scheme
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - One of three former Jefferson County employees who was indicted for ethics violations has pleaded guilty to using her position for personal gain.
Former Revenue Department clerk Alisha Cole appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Monday.
Cole and two other clerks were accused of taking money from people to let them get ahead at lines at one of the Jefferson County courthouses, where residents sometimes have to wait in line for hours for routine tasks like renewing their car tags.
The other two women who were involved also appeared for a preliminary hearing and are expected back in court July 7.
Cole pleaded guilty to one charge and prosecutors dropped a second one against her. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 25.
Man in Birmingham shot dead sitting in his SUV
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham police are investigating the slaying of a man shot while sitting in his SUV.
Al.com reports police were called to the scene in the Roosevelt City community late Sunday. Lt. Sean Edwards, a Birmingham police spokesman, says the victim was sitting in his vehicle in his grandfather's yard when someone walked up and shot him.
Edwards says a family member heard the shot and went outside, prompting the shooter to fire once toward the house before fleeing on foot.
The victim was pronounced dead at UAB Hospital. Police did not immediately release his name.
It was the second fatal shooting reported to Birmingham police Sunday. A man earlier in the day was shot multiple times in the head at the city's Harrison Park.
LIVING WITH DEAD SPOUSE
Elderly Ala. woman found living with death spouse
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama say officers found a 78-year-old woman who had been living at home with her dead husband for about a month.
Neighbors of Doris Kirby of Decatur and her husband called police to check on the elderly couple, saying they hadn't been seen in months.
Al.com reports officers found Kirby at her house Friday in poor health and had her taken to a hospital. Police said she suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Her husband, 75-year-old Jessie Claude Kirby, was found dead in his bed.
Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn ruled out foul play after examining the scene. Police say Kirby's husband had multiple health problems and died from natural causes.
Police say two dead dogs that appeared to have starved to death were also found inside the home.
Bill could give home-schooled kids sports options
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Some parents of home-schooled children are supporting proposed legislation that would allow their kids to play competitive sports with public school students.
The Montgomery Advertiser Reports a home-schooled 15-year-old Dothan boy tried out for a local high school football team and practiced with the squad until he was told he was ineligible to play days before the first game.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association requires students to be enrolled in the school they're representing to play sports.
Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools legislative coordinator Jim Chestnutt spoke out against the idea during a public hearing last week, saying that allowing students who are home-schooled to compete with public school teams would be unfair.
The boy's mother says the local team for home-schooled students didn't have enough players.
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