Alabama House Democrats stall vote on redistricting plan

In a bid to stall a plan to redraw most state House districts, Democrats in the Legislature on Tuesday evening asked that the Republican-drafted plan - hundreds of pages long - be read aloud. "We're doing it to show that we are serious about redistricting," said Rep. Barbara Boyd, D-Anniston.

Congressional panel demands answers on ricin at Anniston’s CDP

A congressional committee that oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency in December wrote the agency's director demanding answers about the mistaken use of a deadly toxin at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston. In that Dec. 23 letter, a copy of which was forwarded to The Star on Tuesday, bipartisan committee leaders ask FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to respond to several questions about the agency's handling and knowledge of the problem that resulted in almost 9,600 civilian firefighters, nurses and emergency medical personnel being exposed to the deadly toxin.

Emergency trainees mistakenly exposed to deadly ricin

Shipping mistake with bioterror pathogen ricin exposes almost 10,000 trainees over about five years at Alabama terrorism response center. Emergency trainees mistakenly exposed to deadly ricin Shipping mistake with bioterror pathogen ricin exposes almost 10,000 trainees over about five years at Alabama terrorism response center.