BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A prominent Alabama attorney and a coal company executive have been convicted on federal charges involving bribery of a state lawmaker. The verdict against Joel Gilbert, a partner with Balch & Bingham law firm, and Drummond Company Vice President David Roberson was announced Friday. Jurors found them guilty of conspiracy, bribery, three counts of honest services wire fraud and money laundering. The judge says sentencing will be in about three months.
CENTREVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama bank president already sentenced to federal prison has now pleaded guilty on state charges for issuing fraudulent loans and using the money for himself. Al.com reports 57-year-old John Kevin Vann, of Tuscaloosa, pleaded Thursday to a charge of identity theft before Bibb County Circuit Judge Donald McMillan. District Attorney Michael Jackson says Vann, the former president of Trustmark National Bank, was given a five-year suspended sentence during the hearing.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A forecast of excessive heat this weekend has prompted the cancellation of the weekend's racing at a North Texas thoroughbred horse racing track. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie says the live racing was canceled for the sake of "the safety and welfare" of the horses and jockeys. Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, west Tennessee and parts of Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky were all under heat advisories or warnings Friday.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teen has been indicted in a shooting of a pregnant woman that led to the fetus' death. Al.com reported Friday that 19-year-old Avery Robert Turner has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of capital murder. Police say a pregnant woman was shot in the abdomen and was taken to a hospital in April. They say an autopsy showed the fetus died as a direct result of the wounds the woman sustained in the shooting. Police haven't released the woman's name. They say she was targeted.
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