Washington, DC – Democrats in the U-S Senate were able to block another attempt to bring Attorney General Bill Pryor's judicial nomination to a vote. Democrats filibustered his nomination again Thursday. Senate Republicans needed 60 votes to break it but got only 51. Senator Jeff Sessions continues to express his displeasure with the situation, saying certain Democrats are distorting Pryor's political and legal record. It was the second time Senate Republicans were unable to force a vote on Pryor's nomination.

Birmingham, AL – The year-long search for Jefferson County's school superintendent ended Wednesday. School board members met privately for an about an hour before offering the job to Phil Hammonds. He was the system's deputy superintendent of instruction from 1997 to 2001 and is currently superintendent of Sylacauga schools. Hammonds' salary is still being negotiated, but he's expected to take the new position January first. The Jefferson County school system is the state's second-largest with nearly 39 thousand students.

Birmingham, AL – Some groups are taking advantage of the president's visit by holding protest demonstrations in downtown Birmingham. The Alabama Sierra Club will rally noon to 1:30 at Linn Park. The group is urging the president to do a better job protecting Alabama's and the nation's environment. The Atheist Law Center also will demonstrate around that time. The group is protesting President Bush's "faith-based initiatives." Group members say there should be a very wide dividing line between religious organizations and government.