In front of the St. Clair County Court House in Pell City, many gathered to pay their respects to our military. The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and was followed by song and tribute to those who died fighting for our country and those who are currently serving. A roll call of heroes was read, naming those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. A group of veterans honor guard members also stood for a rifle salute as taps was played.
Marine Police Heavily Patrolling Waterways
It is the busiest time of year for Alabama’s Marine Police. About 60 officers are patrolling the waterways trying to keep the lakes and rivers safe. Marine police officers issued 434 citations during the four-day Memorial Day weekend last year. They are keeping check on proper licensing, underage drivers, safety precautions, and alcohol abuse.
Homicide in Pinson
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says a homicide in Pinson may be drug related. Sheriff’s investigators found 30-year-old Timothy Wayne Terrell shot to death on his deck Sunday. It happened at the Mimosa Trailer Park off Pinson Valley Parkway before dawn. Detectives are actively following leads in the case and ask you to call if you have any information.
Bob Riley Calls Special Session for Legislation
Governor Bob Riley has called Alabama lawmakers into a special session this week. The legislators failed to pass an education budget on the last day of the session. Jefferson County commissioners hoped they will be ready to help with it's sewer debt crisis. The Jefferson County Commission hoped to have a deal with Wall Street on a plan to restructure it's three billion dollar sewer debt. Then the county will need a special session of the legislature to divert part of the one cent sales tax for school construction to the sewer debt. This week, Commission President Bettye Fine Collins worried if the county's bill would get lost in a crowded special session. Commissioner Jim Carn welcomed joining the special session if the county reached it's agreement with Wall Street. Unfortunately for Jefferson County, Governor Bob Riley wants a special session quickly in order to prevent a loss of teacher jobs. The county can not reach a deal by next week. Commissioner Shelia Smoot opposes diverting the sales tax money to the sewer debt. The commissioner is glad the county will not be ready for this special session. Smoot favors taxing gaming proceeds from a county lottery instead of diverting the sales tax money. Lawmakers will begin their special session at four o’ clock tomorrow afternoon.
Karl Rove Waits for Courts to Decide Subpoena
Karl Rove says the courts will have to resolve a congressional subpoena for his testimony. Last week he was ordered to appear July 10th. Lawmakers want to ask him about the white house's role in firing nine US attorneys in 2006 and the prosecution of Don Siegelman. Rove denies meddling in the in the Justice Department's prosecution of Alabama’s former governor. President Bush’s Chief of Staff, Joshua Bolton, and his former counsel, Harriet Miers, are also under congressional subpoena. The White House is citing Executive Privilege.
Gay Rights Group Upset Over Langford’s Refusals
A standoff is brewing between Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford and some of the city's gay rights advocates. It is all over a gay pride parade. Langford tells FOX6 he will not allow a group to put rainbow flags along the city right of way and will not sign a proclamation. Central Alabama Pride President Jonathan Quinn says former mayors Bernard Kincaid and Richard Arrington Jr. did not have a problem with the flags or signing the proclamation. Central Alabama Pride says it has filed all the proper paperwork and paid all of the fees and expects the parade to go on as scheduled June 7th.