Nearly $387,000 seized from Alabama bus passengers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say about $387,000 was seized from three people on a bus headed for Mexico.
Officials say police in Cuba, Ala. stopped a bus Sunday and called federal authorities when a drug-sniffing dog alerted to substances stored in the luggage compartment.
Authorities say they searched three bags and found thousands of dollars stuffed into a blanket and shoes.
Department of Homeland Security spokesman Bryan Cox says no drugs were recovered, but added that the large amount of money may have come into contact with drugs at some point, which may have caused the dog to alert to it.
Authorities say owners of the bag didn't claim ownership of the money, and charges have not yet been filed. Cox says the incident is under investigation.
GULF OIL SPILL-INDICTMENT
Judge rejects mistrial for former BP engineer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has refused to declare a mistrial in the case of former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix.
In a filing Tuesday, defense lawyers said questions asked Monday of witness Wilson Arabie improperly raised issues of whether Mix ordered copies made of spill-related documents in order to eliminate possibly incriminating hand-written notes made in some of the margins. The defense says an earlier court order precluded prosecutors from raising the issue.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. ruled Tuesday that he would instruct jurors to disregard the testimony. However he declined to declare a mistrial.
Mix is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
New incentives needed if Boeing picks Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley says the Legislature will have to approve money for new industrial incentives if Alabama lands Boeing's new aircraft plant.
Tuesday was the deadline for states to submit their offers for the 777X plant. Alabama got its offer in ahead of the deadline. Alabama is one of about 15 states competing for the project.
Bentley isn't saying how big Alabama's offer was, but he says Alabama needs more incentive funding than it has now to recruit a plant that could provide up to 8,500 jobs.
Bentley says Alabama has a pro-business Legislature, and he expects its support if legislation is needed to secure the plant.
Boeing is looking at the Huntsville area as a possible site for the plant. Boeing's competitor, Airbus, is building a plant in Mobile.
Ala. governor creates military study commission
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's governor has established a commission to study ways to improve services for Alabama's active military members, veterans and military families.
Bentley created the Alabama Executive Veterans Network by signing an executive order Tuesday at the Capitol.
The group will study and evaluate services directed at improving the wellbeing of service members, veterans and their families.
Among the areas it will address are education, employment, health care, homelessness and legal assistance.
Bentley says Alabama is a pro-military state and it is important to help military members whenever possible.
The new group is headed by state Veterans Affairs Commissioner Clyde Marsh, who's a retired rear admiral, and state Mental Health Commissioner Jim Reddoch, who's a Vietnam War veteran.
TEXAS INMATE-ALABAMA SLAYING
Texas death row inmate charged in Ala slaying
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A Texas death row inmate is now charged with killing a woman in Alabama a decade ago.
Police In Dothan say grand jurors indicted 43-year-old Douglas Tyrone Armstrong on a murder charge in the slaying of 40-year-old Debra Wilson.
A cleaning crew found Wilson dead at a motel on May 17, 2003, but no one was ever arrested.
Armstrong was later convicted in the slaying of a man who was slashed to death outside a bar in southern Texas in 2006. Records show he's now on death row.
Armstrong claims he is innocent in the Texas slaying. A defense lawyer didn't immediately return a message about the Alabama charge.
Dothan police say DNA evidence links Armstrong to Wilson's killing. Grand jurors indicted him last week.
Armstrong is originally from Mobile.
Montgomery gets more slavery historic markers
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - New historical markers are going up in Montgomery to document the city's leading role in the slave trade before the Civil War.
The markers are being dedicated Tuesday by the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit legal organization that says it wants to address the problems created by slavery's legacy.
Cast members from the movie "12 Years a Slave" are set to participate in the dedication.
A historical marker already stands at the site of an antebellum slave market in Montgomery. The three new markers tell the story of the city's slave trade in greater detail.
The markers are being erected at the same time the group is releasing a report documenting Montgomery's slave trade.
The report says some 435,000 slaves were held in Alabama before the war.
Ala board denies parole at urging of Miss lawmaker
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's parole board is refusing an early release for a former Brighton police officer convicted in the shooting death of the son of a Mississippi legislator.
The three-member board rejected parole Tuesday for Chevis Finley. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the May 2009 shooting death of Broderick Dixon.
Dixon was a systems engineer for a Birmingham steel company. Dixon's mother is Mississippi state Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Jackson.
Finely was convicted of killing Dixon while he was off police duty in metro Birmingham. The slaying happened at an apartment complex in Irondale.
The lawmaker urged the board to deny parole for Finley.
Finley can still win an early release from prison if he continues having a record of good behavior.
Hoover schools reverse decision to end bus service
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - A school system in suburban Birmingham has reversed a decision to end regular bus service for students.
Members of the Hoover board of education decided Monday to rescind an earlier vote to quit offering bus service next school year.
The vote came after months of complaints and protests by parents who were upset by the move.
Members of the crowd clapped and cheered after the board's reversal.
School officials say ending regular bus service would save about $2.5 million annually and was needed because of declining revenues.
But opponents say ending bus service would disproportionately harm lower-income families and children whose parents can't drive them to school.
The school system is now looking to impose a fee structure where students would pay for riding the school bus.
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