Articles by Bob Johnson

Alabama Targets Underage Drinking

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has launched an initiative to stop underage and binge drinking in the state. ABC Board members and law enforcement officials addressed students at Prattville High School recently to introduce the program. During the meeting, …

Alabama Targets Underage Drinking

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has launched an initiative to stop underage and binge drinking in the state. ABC Board members and law enforcement officials addressed students at Prattville High School this past Wednesday morning to introduce the program …

Alabama School Safety Summit Focuses on Preventing Shootings

Participants in a heavily attended Statehouse summit in Montgomery on school safety agreed Wednesday that taking steps to prevent tragedies like the Connecticut shooting massacre will be a priority when the Alabama Legislature opens its regular session next month. “We …

Driver Texting Ban Passes Alabama House, Moves to Senate

The Alabama House has voted to ban drivers from sending or reading text messages while operating a motor vehicle on Alabama roads. The bill passed the House on a 92-0 vote. It now goes to the Senate for debate. The …

Alabama Governor Wants 1 Year Tax Holiday for Storm Supplies

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed a once-a-year sales tax holiday on weather radios, flashlights, generators and other supplies needed to help prepare for weather disasters. Bentley made the proposal at a news conference to announce that Feb. 19-24 would …

6 Killed, Dozens Injured in Southeast Storms

At least six people have been killed and dozens more injured as a storm system that spawned several possible tornadoes moved across the Southeast. Suspected tornadoes were reported Wednesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. Dozens of homes and …

Alabama Study: School Bus Seat Belt Money Better Spent at Crossings

School buses are safe enough without seat belts and students in many cases ignore a requirement to wear them, according to a study in Alabama released this week that found the straps would save the life of about one child …

Alabama Lawmakers Favor Ban on Driver Texting: Poll

State Rep. Ken Guin says Alabama needs to ban people from text messaging while driving a motor vehicle, and a recent experience with a driver swerving “all over the road” is a reason why. “I started to drive around her. …

Alabama Supreme Court Throws Out $274M in Verdicts Against Drug Makers

The Alabama Supreme Court last Friday threw out jury decisions awarding the state more than $274 million from three pharmaceutical companies, ruling they did not defraud the state in pricing Medicaid prescription drugs. The court overturned jury verdicts against the …

HealthSouth CEO Scrushy Ordered to Pay Shareholders $2.9 Billion

An Alabama state judge has ordered former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to pay nearly $2.9 billion to shareholders who sued over a massive accounting fraud that nearly sent the rehabilitation chain into bankruptcy. Circuit Judge Allwin E. Horn, who heard …