Tuesday - September 17, 2019

Regional News Headlines

Third suspect convicted in 2015 slaying of paralyzed man - Tue, 17 Sep 2019
HUNTSVILLE — An Alabama man will not face the death penalty, but could spend life in prison, after being convicted of fatally shooting a paraplegic man in a 2015 robbery.Al.com reports 22-year-old Latransezon Malloy was convicted of felony murder on Thursday, making him the third suspect convicted in the case. Malloy's previous case ended in a mistrial.Malloy was charged with capital murder in the slaying of Markia Kendall, but a jury returned a guilty verdict on a [...]

Judge tosses out lawsuit over law center's hate group labels - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused leaders of the Southern Poverty Law Center of trying to financially destroy one of the organizations that it has labeled as a hate group.The Center for Immigration Studies' lawsuit is devoid of any allegation that the law center made a false statement about the Washington-based nonprofit, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., said in her ruling Friday."The upshot of the [...]

$2B Southern waterway yet to yield promised boom - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
EPES — More than a century in the making, the 234-mile Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was supposed to fulfill a dream of "orderly growth and prosperity" when it opened in 1985, snaking its way through the poor, rural Deep South.It hasn't worked out that way.Delayed for decades by environmental concerns and detractors who called the project a boondoggle, the $2 billion shipping shortcut to the Gulf of Mexico — best known as the Tenn-Tom, or more derisively, the [...]

Old Boaz outlet being converted to rec center - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
BOAZ — The north Alabama city of Boaz used to be a regional destination for outlet shoppers before many of its retail stores closed. Now the town is converting one of those old outlet centers into a recreation center.Officials gathered on Thursday in the parking lot of a former outlet store to break ground on a nearly $13 million recreation center.The facility will include two gymnasiums, an indoor pool with eight lanes, a resort-style outdoor pool, an indoor walking [...]

Work to begin in 2020 on Mobile channel project - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
MOBILE — Officials say work could begin late next year to deepen the channel in Mobile Bay, a move that will allow larger ships to dock at Alabama's state seaport.The State Port Authority announced recently that the Army Corps of Engineers has approved a request to deepen the existing river, bay and bar channels to a minimum depth of 50 feet at Mobile. The bay channel will also be widened by 100 feet.The agency says the changes will allow the port to accommodate larger [...]

No fair in 2019 for Alabama's Morgan County - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
DECATUR — After nearly 70 years, the Morgan County Fair won't occur this year in Alabama.WAFF-TV reports the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Decatur has been on the market for more than 20 years. Fair director Jon Wiley says the land was bought unexpectedly. And while organizers tried to find a new location for this year's fair, there simply wasn't enough time.Wiley and the rest of the fair board are already preparing for 2020. They're currently seeking a location for the [...]

Alabama: Proposed deal with company would reduce air pollution - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
MOBILE — An Alabama chemical plant has been emitting sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid mist into the atmosphere, state and federal authorities say in court documents.A complaint recently filed in federal court accuses Nouryon Functional Chemicals of polluting the air from its sulfuric acid plant in the Axis community, north of Mobile.The company did a major modification of its sulfuric acid unit without obtaining the proper permits or installing required technology, among [...]

Schools chief hired after cheating scandal won't be rehired - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
ATLANTA — Atlanta's school board won't renew the contract of the superintendent who was hired to lead the district in the aftermath of a cheating scandal in which 11 former educators were convicted.Board Chairman Jason Esteves announced Monday that the board told Superintendent Meria Carstarphen about the decision in July but delayed the public announcement to avoid disrupting the start of school, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.Esteves said he hopes she'll [...]

First Amendment clinic launching at Tulane Law School - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
NEW ORLEANS — Tulane University in New Orleans has announced the launch of a law clinic dedicated to First Amendment rights.Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer announced the clinic in a news release.The clinic is supported by a nearly $1 million gift from the Stanton Foundation, created by Frank Stanton, a longtime president of CBS news.Tulane says the gift will cover full operating costs of the clinic for five years. A national search for the clinic's faculty [...]

3D-printed gun activist Cody Wilson gets probation in sex assault case - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
AUSTIN, Texas — Austin entrepreneur and 3D-printed gun activist Cody Wilson was sentenced Thursday to probation for seven years and ordered to register as a sex offender through that period after pleading guilty last month in a sexual assault case in which he was accused of having sex with an underage girl last year.Wilson, a University of Texas law school dropout who sparked a nationwide legal fight over the constitutionality of firearms made with a 3D printer, struck a plea [...]

GBI: Man kills woman in confrontation with deputies - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
RESACA, Ga. — Authorities say a man opened fire during a confrontation with sheriff's deputies, leaving a woman dead in northwest Georgia. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that Gordon County deputies were called to a home in Resaca in response to a dispute between the man and woman.Authorities say Dwight Juliuse Jones began shooting at the deputies and at the woman, Krystal Jones, who was hit multiple times by his gunshots.Deputies returned fire [...]

Dismissed NFL suit cited in sexual abuse suit against church - Mon, 16 Sep 2019
NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana court's recent dismissal of a lawsuit against the NFL over officiating at a January playoff game is now being cited by attorneys for the Catholic Church as they fight civil lawsuits over alleged sex abuse by clergy.A Tuesday filing by church attorneys quotes from the Supreme Court's Sept. 6 decision dismissing a suit filed by attorney and Saints fan Antonio LeMon. LeMon and three others had sued the NFL for alleged fraud after officials failed to call [...]