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I'm a 1985 graduate of the University of Alabama. I am married and have a son who is a 2014 graduate of Pelham HS I cover the court beat for Alabama Media Group

Watch your mailbox: Alabama going after overdue court fines, fees, restitution — The hearing is part of the Restitution Recovery Initiative for Victims in Alabama, a program begun in recent months around the state to collect what the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts estimates could be up to $500 million in overdue restitution, fines and court costs across the state.

Birmingham businessman Donald Watkins settles $146,000 city license dispute; see how much he's paying — BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Donald Watkins, a businessman who also was legal adviser to former long-time Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington, announced today that he has settled his dispute over back business license taxes the city claimed he owed.

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy asks federal court for early release from probation — Since Scrushy was released from federal prison on July 25, 2010 he has not violated the terms of his supervised release, according to the motion. His supervised release is set to end on July 25, 2015. "Scrushy has shown model post-conviction adjustment and conduct since his release," according to the motion.

Federal appeals court: Alabama community college whistleblower can continue legal fight to get old job back — The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Wednesday morning that former Central Alabama Community College president, Steve Franks, who fired Lane in 2009 from the Community Intensive Training for Youth Program, was not protected by sovereign immunity from a lawsuit filed against him in his official capacity.

Alabama federal judge: Time to end nationwide litigation against Pfizer anti-smoking drug Chantix — All of the nearly 2,900 lawsuits claiming pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.'s smoking cessation drug Chantix triggered suicidal thoughts and other psychological problems in patients have been settled - for about $300 million - so the nationwide litigation should now be dismissed, a federal judge in Alabama ruled Monday.

Judge rules Alabama dental law is constitutional; non-dentists can't provide teeth-whitening services — BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A judge ruled Friday that a state law that prevents non-dentists from providing teeth-whitening services is constitutional. A group representing the two non-dentists who had sued to overturn that law stated it will appeal Jefferson County Circuit Jude Elisabeth French's ruling to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Federal prosecutions of former Serra Nissan employees noted in New York Times look at car loans — BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A report this week by The New York Times on used car dealers falsifying documents in order to qualify customers for car loans they really can't afford highlights the federal prosecutions of two former Serra Nissan sales managers. The report came out the same day prosecutors announced the indictments against five other former Serra Nissan employees.

Judge: Birmingham man must be held responsible for 'consequences' of bullet he fired that killed Gate City woman — BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A Birmingham man was sentenced this morning to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his capital murder conviction in the 2013 death of a mother of three who was shot during gunfire intended to scare her brother. Corderious McClellan, 22, was sentenced by Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Wallace.

Vestavia Hills man charged with keeping millions in jewelry supposedly stolen in 2004 Mountain Brook robbery — Joseph Harold Gandy, 64, also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm related to 99 firearms found during a search of his Vestavia Hills home. Gandy told authorities the guns were handed down through his family or had been owned by his son.

Jefferson County judge to issue written ruling on whether to dismiss lawsuit claiming penis amputation — Jefferson County Circuit Judge Jim Hughey did not say when he would issue his ruling after holding a hearing Thursday afternoon on motions by attorneys for the hospital, the Urology Centers of Alabama, the Simon-Williamson Clinic and three doctors to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the 59-year-old Birmingham man.
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Oct 19, 2014

RT @AP_Top25: Mississippi St., Florida St., Mississippi still top poll. But plenty of shakeups. Full poll:

Oct 18, 2014

RT @JonSolomonCBS: Big 12 does its best today to help put 2 SEC teams in playoff. Alabama beat W. Va; Auburn beat Kansas St.

Oct 17, 2014

RT @WarOnDumb: Fuller's attorney says speculation was much worse than actual contents of the file. via @aldotcom

Oct 17, 2014

RT @kelseymstein: Alabaster man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing children at wife's in-home daycare

Oct 17, 2014

Birmingham businessman Donald Watkins settles $146,000 city license dispute; see how much he's paying via @aldotcom

Oct 17, 2014

Watch your mailbox: Alabama going after overdue court fines, fees, restitution via @aldotcom

Oct 16, 2014

RT @kelseymstein: Birmingham man gets life sentence in murder case that prompted angry outbursts, fights in court:

Oct 14, 2014

RT @kelseymstein: Former Jefferson County judicial candidate sentenced to 20 years after attempting to meet teen for sex:

Oct 14, 2014

RT @kelseymstein: Nick Saban, business partner buy Hoover Mercedes dealership; new Irondale dealership still in the works:

Oct 14, 2014

RT @kelseymstein: 3 convicted in family-run scheme to collect $2.4 million in false BP oil spill claims:

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