Friday, December 19, 2014

Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press

FOLEY, Ala. (AP) — A school system on the Gulf Coast says it's filing a claim seeking compensation for lost revenues blamed on the BP oil spill in 2009. Attorneys for Baldwin County public schools plan to file next week. The superintendent says the system wants seven figures because of decreased funding from property taxes.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted of strangling a woman will face a possible life sentence. Sentencing for Michael Anthony Bunch is scheduled for Feb. 4. A Jackson County jury convicted Bunch of murder in the 2009 death of Lisa Harper. Authorities say they had dated for three years. He faces 10 years to life.

TROY, Ala. (AP) — A Pike County jury has convicted a 36-year-old of raping two women last year at a mobile home park in Troy. Andre Lamon Ellis III was convicted Friday. Prosecutors say Ellis broke into the first victim's home and raped her before attacking the second woman March 26. Ellis is serving a 22-year sentence after a property theft conviction last fall.

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city says it will receive $8.2 million from a federal program aimed at improving public housing. Bessemer will use the money for repairs and renovations on 198 low-rent public housing units.