Washington, DC – President Bush has chosen Alabama businessman William Cabaniss to be U-S ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Cabaniss currently is president and chief executive officer of Precision Grinding Incorporated of Birmingham. Before that, he served in Alabama's Senate and House of Representatives. He earned a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University.

Cabaniss' nomination must be approved by the Senate.

Montgomery, AL – Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore is seeking to delay the case that could lead to his removal from the Alabama Supreme Court.

Montgomery, AL – A state Senate committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment today that provides for the display of the Ten Commandments in state buildings, including public schools.

The bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a vote of five-to-nothing, but the bill's sponsor doubts it will pass in the current special session of the Legislature.

State Senator Gerald Dial says he expects the state budgets to occupy most of the time. And he predicts few other issues will come up for debate in the Senate.

Montgomery, AL – Roy Moore is taking his batter over religion in government to a national stage. Alabama's now-suspended chief justice said yesterday he is offering his Ten Commandments monument to Congress for display in the U-S Capitol.

Montgomery, AL – Thirty-five members of a Eufaula-based Alabama Army National Guard unit are coming home after almost a year on active duty.

Guard spokesman, Sgt. Martin Dyson, said the 1103rd Corp Support Battalion has been based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina since their deployment in October of last year. He said the unit's soldiers also served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and other overseas locations in support of the war on terrorism.

Montgomery, AL – State school Superintendent Ed Richardson says that if the financial picture of the education budget doesn't improve for next year, it may require fees for students to play sports and ride buses.

Richardson told legislators yesterday (Tuesday) -- quote -- "it's all on the table, all being discussed." He said it's too late to impose such fees this school year, which already is under way, but it may be necessary for the 2004-2005 school year if the budget crisis continues.

Birmingham, AL – A new kind of health insurance policy being sold by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama could help plug a gaping hole in state medical care.

According to the state Insurance Department, uninsured Alabamians can get private health insurance through the company if they sign up by November 30th. Coverage is guaranteed for Alabama residents under 65 years old, regardless of their health, although pre-existing conditions will not be covered for 12 months.

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