Soaring temperatures prompt heat warning in Ala
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Soaring temperatures are prompting warnings about extreme heat in parts of Alabama.
Highs in the upper 90s will combine with humidity to make it feel like it's nearly 110 degrees in some areas.
Forecasters say it will be even worse over the weekend as temperatures climb higher and rain chances remain low.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that reaches from north of Birmingham southward in to southeastern corner of the state.
Forecasters say the advisory extends from Friday morning through Sunday night.
The weather service says the high temperatures are linked to an upper level high pressure system that covers much of the Southeast and is getting stronger.
WIND FARM CANCELED
Texas company cancels Ala wind farm project
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A Texas company is giving up plans to generate electricity with wind turbines along a ridge in northeastern Alabama.
The Gadsden Times reports that Pioneer Green Energy is abandoning the $2 million project because rules imposed by the Alabama Legislature were too restrictive.
Pioneer Green attorney Charles Stewart says the project has been canceled in Etowah and Cherokee counties.
Stewart says the company couldn't make the project work because of legislation establishing parameters for any wind turbine project. He says that includes setback lines and permitting through the Alabama Public Service Commission.
Property owners in Etowah and Cherokee counties had filed lawsuits to block the turbines, which they claimed would hurt the area's natural beauty.
MALPRACTICE SUIT AWARD
Jury awards woman $4 million in malpractice suit
JASPER, Ala. (AP) - A Walker County jury has awarded a Carbon Hill woman millions of dollars in a medical malpractice suit against a doctor who mistook symptoms that led to her husband's heart attack for a stomach illness.
Al.com reported Wednesday the jury awarded Donna Hallmark $4 million in the suit against a Walker Baptist Medical Center emergency room doctor. Hallmark's husband died after visiting the hospital in January 2008.
The suit said Hallmark's husband, Terry Hallmark, complained of stomach and chest pain for three days and was released from the emergency room after a few hours. Hallmark collapsed clutching his chest Jan. 15 and died.
The doctor's attorney Edward Jackson says it would be premature to comment on the case until he and his client decide what they'll do going forward.
Bentley, Griffith make pitch to commissioners
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Republican Gov. Robert Bentley and his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, will make dueling campaign speeches in Orange Beach.
Bentley and Griffith are scheduled to address the annual convention of county commissioners Thursday afternoon. Griffith will speak first, followed by Bentley. Organizers say the candidates will not debate and will not be on stage at the same time.
Griffith has challenged Bentley to a series of debates before the November election and has criticized Bentley for not scheduling those events. Bentley is seeking a second term and has a big fundraising lead over Griffith.
Republican Attorney General Luther Strange and Democratic challenger Joe Hubbard will also speak to the commissioners. Republican Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and Democratic challenger James Fields will also address the group.
Another still destroyed in Bullock County
UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) - State liquor agents have destroyed their fourth moonshine still this year in Bullock County.
The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board reports its agents found a still in a heavily wooded area east of Union Springs. Agents used information gathered from the public and from previous investigations. The rural county in central Alabama has a long history of illegal moonshine.
The ABC Board says the most recent of the four stills had 13 barrels and was capable of producing 91 gallons of moonshine a week. No arrest has been made, but agents say they are looking for a person of interest.
GULF OIL SPILL-INDICTMENT
Indicted ex-BP exec will be allowed to visit UK
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former BP executive will be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom later this month while he awaits trial on charges relating to an investigation of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
A federal judge on Wednesday granted a request allowing David Rainey to travel to the UK from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7.
Rainey is now an executive with BHP Billiton Petroleum. He is being allowed to travel for business and family reasons.
Rainey is slated for trial the week of March 9. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed a congressional investigation and made false statements.
MONEY LAUNDERING PLEAS
2 plead guilty to money laundering in 3 states
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say two people have pleaded guilty to money-laundering and using counterfeit $100 bills to purchase items at Lowe's stores in three states and return the items for cash.
Prosecutors say 26-year-old Brittany Ann Jackson of Biloxi and 24-year-old Dontrelle Deshaun Sanford of Hattiesburg entered the pleas Tuesday in federal court in Gulfport.
Prosecutors say in a news release that Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to pass counterfeit U.S. currency and Sanford pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 20.
Jackson faces a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Sanford faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine.
Stores involved were in Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
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