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The city of Andalusia hopes to entice new industry to the area thanks to a state-certified title. A 300-acre industrial park is now designated a state advantage site. The recognition was no an easy task...More >>
The city of Andalusia hopes to entice new industry to the area thanks to a state-certified title. A 300-acre industrial park is now designated a state advantage site.More >>
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Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.More >>
President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...More >>
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On the third Wednesday of every month at the Wiregrass Food Bank, it is normal to see volunteers loading carts with food and unloading them into vehicles as part of the Brown Bag program. "This is justMore >>
The brown bag program started in 1997 and has grown from serving 27 senior citizens in the area to 1600. Through the program, those with limited incomes are able to pick up groceries or have them dropped off.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:14:50 GMT
There have been five convictions in high profile cases in as many weeks in Montgomery County and police and prosecutors hope that the verdicts are sending a message that the community is fed up with violentMore >>
There have been five convictions in high profile cases in as many weeks in Montgomery County and police and prosecutors hope that the verdicts are sending a message that the community is fed up with violent crimes. Officials are also stressing that the fact that so many suspects are dropping out of school and falling into crime shows the importance of education.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:18:39 GMT
A former band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. According to a report by The Brewton Standard, Jeffrey Gainous was arrestedMore >>
A former band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman is crossing the state, but he's not running for office again. He's running from a prison sentence.
He doesn't want to go back behind bars for a crime he says he didn't commit. His children have started a grassroots effort to free their father and they are asking for support and signatures.
Siegelman's daughter, Dana, started an online petition to keep her dad from going back to prison to finish his sentence on a bribery conviction. So far, she's gotten more than 5,000 signatures on this petition, but she and the family want as many names as possible to present to the president. They're hoping President Obama will commute Siegelman's six-and-a-half year sentence and later, give him a pardon.
Siegelman said his chances of a commutation of his sentence are not good, but he is holding out hope. Just last month, Siegelman was re-sentenced to more than six years behind bars for bribery after he exhausted all routes for an appeal. Siegelman's bribery conviction stems from reappointing former Health South CEO Richard Scrushy to the State Certificate of Needs board. Scrushy donated $500,000 to an education lottery campaign fund. A judge and jury considered that a bribe.
Siegelman's son, Joseph, who is in his last year of law school at the University of Alabama, is trekking across the state to help gather signatures for the "Free Don" petition. He dreads seeing his father head off to prison again, around his birthday.
Right now, the former governor knows he's going to prison on September the 11th, a day dictated by the judge, that Siegelman said was a deliberate message to him about personal freedom. He said the petition will be presented to whoever will be president after the November election.