Wednesday - June 15, 2011
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A lot of folks were surprised when the only witness so far in the state house corruption trial - was heard on tape calling patrons at a bingo operation in Greene County "aborigines." State Sen. Scott Beason and others were recorded as they talked about keeping a bingo amendment off the ballot so "buses of blacks voters" wouldn't show up at the polls in November of 2010.
After today's testimony, one of the defendants in the trial, State Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb called for Beason to resign from his seat representing voters in the Birmingham area. Smith said she would also pursue Senate sanctions against Beason.
How could the state's new ethics laws impact the future of the Montgomery Biscuits? We've learned the laws may be behind some season ticket owners not renewing their seats for next year...because they can no longer give them away to public employees. And, the Biscuits management team worries that investors might consider selling the successful team. We'll have a full report.
And, is it HOT enough for you? Tonight at 9 p.m. it was still 92* in Montgomery. Unbelievable. Rich updates the latest on the heat and the drought, too.
Stay cool - we'll be with you right after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Championship game on NBC. It'll be worth waiting for!