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Chairman of Alabama State board resigning

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The chairman of the board of trustees at Alabama State University, Elton Dean, says he's resigning.

Dean announced his decision on the campus radio station, WVAS, Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Robert Bentley, who is president of the ASU board, had called for Dean and vice chairman Marvin Wiggins to resign after an accrediting agency gave the university a warning and cited conflicts of interest by Dean and Wiggins.

Wiggins said he's not resigning because he's done nothing wrong.

The president of the Student Government Association and an alumni leader had also called for their resignations.


Sales manager pleads guilty in car loan fraud case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A former sales manager at a Birmingham car dealership pleaded guilty to charges related to falsified auto loan documents.

Abdul Islam Mughal is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 5 on one count of conspiring with others and one count of bank fraud.

Prosecutors say Mughal worked with other employees at the Serra Nissan dealership to falsify loan documents, defrauding customers, Nissan North America and financial institutions. The dealership would pay employees more in commission on high-profit sales.

Prosecutors say Mughal and others inflated the income of prospective buyers, altered documents that required income or residency proof and listed accessories not included on the car to get more in loans.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the IRS and FBI.


Guard accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Montgomery County Detention Facility officer has resigned after being charged with having sex with an inmate.

The inmate was identified Thursday as Desmonte Leonard, who faces capital murder and other charges in the killings of two former Auburn University football players. WSFA-TV reports that the officer, Shemarra Montgomery, was arrested this week and charged with custodial sexual misconduct.

Her husband, Curtis Montgomery, also was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution. Authorities say he lied to officers who came to the couple's home to arrest Shemarra Montgomery.

Both have been released from jail on bond.


Alabama man claims penis mistakenly amputated

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who went to the hospital for a routine circumcision says doctors mistakenly amputated his penis.

Johnny Lee Banks Jr. of Birmingham and his wife, Zelda Banks, filed the lawsuit Tuesday. They're suing the hospital, doctors and others for medical malpractice.

The lawsuit says Banks went to Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham last month for a circumcision. The suit alleges the man's penis was gone when he awoke.

The suit says that the mistaken amputation has caused the man extreme pain, and that his wife also is suffering.

The suit names the hospital, a urology group, a medical clinic and two doctors as defendants. It's seeking an unspecified dollar amount.

A hospital spokeswoman says the claims lack merit.

Others defendants didn't return messages seeking comment.


Montgomery base could house immigrant children

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery could house immigrant children.

A spokeswoman for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the federal government has notified the governor that Maxwell is being considered. Communications Director Jennifer Ardis says the governor's chief of staff got a call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency late Wednesday afternoon. She said it's not known how many children could be placed or how soon they might be placed.

A spokesman for the Secretary of Defense says the Department of Health and Human Services has to assess whether the base could house children, and that hasn't been done yet.

Bentley joined five other governors in sending a letter to the president on Tuesday. They expressed concerns that states will end up with costs for public school and other services.


Appeals court to hear Siegelman case in October

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal appeals court won't be hearing former Gov. Don Siegelman's case next week.

Back in April, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tentatively scheduled Siegelman's case for the week of July 28. But Siegelman attorney Susan James says the case has been reset for the week of Oct. 13.

A federal jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bribery and other charges. Prosecutors said Scrushy bribed Siegelman for a spot on a state regulatory board with donations to Siegelman's 1999 lottery campaign.

Siegelman's lawyers say the case was tainted by the involvement of a prosecutor with ties to GOP politics and that the judge made multiple errors in calculating Siegelman's sentence.

The former Democratic governor is incarcerated in Louisiana.


Mayor surrenders to face criminal charges

EUTAW, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in Greene County say that Forkland Mayor Derrick Biggs has surrendered to face charges of first-degree theft and tampering with government records.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that Biggs was booked into the Greene County Jail at 11:49 a.m. Wednesday.

The first-term mayor had been sought by authorities since Greene County deputies and Forkland officials discovered more than $6,000 missing from the town's water department.

Allene Broadwater, Forkland's water clerk, said a total of $6,413.19 was unaccounted for between December and April.

It wasn't known Thursday whether Biggs has an attorney.

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