GOVERNOR'S TAX RETURN
Alabama governor releases tax return
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley's tax return shows he's still not receiving any income from being governor, but he and his wife reported an adjusted gross income of nearly $373,000 for 2013.
About $233,000 of that came from Bentley selling his interest in the building where his medical practice was located in Tuscaloosa. Much of the remainder was from IRA distributions and Social Security.
The governor and first lady paid more than $81,000 in taxes. They also donated more than $15,000 to charities.
Bentley has been releasing his tax returns every year since he ran for governor in 2010. He campaigned on a platform of not taking a salary as governor until Alabama's unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent. He's getting closer, because Alabama's most recent unemployment figure was 6.1 percent.
Man shot by off-duty deputy at Huntsville Walmart
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Huntsville police say they're investigating a shooting involving an off-duty Morgan County sheriff's deputy at a Walmart.
Police say the deputy told investigators he recognized the victim as a suspect who was wanted on a felony warrant. Authorities say the deputy chased the man and shot him in his buttocks Tuesday afternoon.
Police say the deputy was trying to make an arrest inside the store and they're reviewing surveillance footage of the incident.
Authorities say the victim was taken to the Huntsville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
CHILD TRAFFIC FATALITY
8-year-old boy killed in Macon County crash
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say an 8-year-old boy from Shorter has died in a single-vehicle crash west of Tuskegee.
Sgt. Steve Jarrett says the boy was riding in a car traveling along a Macon County highway when it veered from the road and hit a utility pole Tuesday morning.
Authorities say the boy wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash is unclear and Jarrett says the incident is under investigation.
Congress is giving states the transportation blues
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. transportation secretary says indecision by Congress about how to pay for programs is again threatening to set back or shut down road and transit projects across the country. That could result in widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.
Secretary Anthony Foxx kicked off an eight-state bus trip in Ohio this week to whip up public support to keep federal transportation aid flowing to states. Congress will have to act fast. The Highway Trust Fund - source of much of the aid - is forecast to essentially run dry sometime before the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30 - possibly as early as July.
If that happens, the federal government will have to slow down or even halt payments to states.
Ex-Ala. deputy guilty in drug trafficking sting
CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - An ex-sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty in a drug trafficking sting.
WSFA-TV reported Tuesday that Greg Barge pleaded guilty to attempting to distribute cocaine powder, knowingly using a firearm in the commission of a drug trafficking crime and using extortion during interstate commerce.
Federal prosecutors have said Barge was wearing his uniform and was in his patrol car when he tried transporting what he thought was cocaine from Montgomery to Camden in June of 2013. Camden is about 75 miles southwest of Montgomery.
Barge's plea agreement calls for him to be sentenced to between 72 and 90 months. It's unclear when Barge will be sentenced.
GULF OIL SPILL-CLEAN UP
BP: Shore clean-up after Gulf oil spill ends in La
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, BP has ended its "active" cleanup of Louisiana's coast.
The company says the Coast Guard ended patrols Tuesday of the final three miles of affected shoreline in Louisiana. The move completes a cleanup operation that ended in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi last June.
BP executive Laura Folse says even though the cleanup has ended, the company will keep resources in place to respond quickly if more oil is identified and requires removal. The Coast Guard will be in charge of monitoring Louisiana's coast and deciding whether to order further cleanup.
Folse says BP has spent more than $14 billion and more than 70 million personnel hours on response since the accident happened.
BINGO HALL RAIDED
AG, sheriff applaud court ruling in bingo raid
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's attorney general and the Jefferson County sheriff are praising a judge's ruling in a 2011 raid on an electronic bingo hall.
Attorney General Luther Strange and Sheriff Mike Hale say Circuit Judge David Hobdy issued a final ruling Monday in the case involving the Anchor Club in Brighton.
Law officers had seized more than 500 machines and gambling devices and $69,240 in cash from the Anchor Club in 2011.
Strange said in a statement that the judge ordered the machines destroyed and the seized money forfeited pursuant to state law. He said he hopes the ruling will be a warning for those contemplating operating slot machines in Alabama.
A lawyer representing the Anchor Club could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.
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