Attorney General Seeks Execution Date, Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame Induction

Oct 2, 2015

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

The Alabama Attorney General's Office is seeking an execution date for a death row inmate convicted in the 1992 rape and murder of a Homewood woman.

Al.com reports the Attorney General submitted a motion to the Alabama Supreme Court last week saying inmate Christopher Brooks has exhausted his direct appeals and should be scheduled to be executed.

In a response filed Wednesday, Brooks' defense attorneys agree that Brooks' conventional appeals ended in March 2014 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review his case. But they argue there are still constitutional issues regarding Alabama's lethal injection procedure and the chemicals used that are unresolved. They say they will be filing a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama's method of execution.

Brooks was convicted in 1993 for the murder and rape of Deann Campbell.

Two University of Alabama alumni will be honored for their contributions as social workers today.

John Houston and Harriet Means are among the honorees joining the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame. Both inductees earned advanced degrees in social work at UA.

Misty Creel is the assistant director at the Tuscaloosa County Department of Human Resources. She says in addition to living in Alabama for at least part of their life, inductees must be exceptional in their social work careers.

“They must be retired from paid, full-time social work employment; they have to be 65 or older; or they can be deceased; they’ve got to have character that’s consistent with the standards of our social work profession and ethics; they must have an academic degree in professional social work from an accredited school of social work.”

The ceremony is taking place tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tuscaloosa.

What could be the biggest game of the year for 13th ranked Alabama is taking place tomorrow.

The Crimson Tide is hitting the road to face #8 Georgia. Alabama is 3-1 on the season, but their only loss is in conference play.

Coach Nick Saban says leaving Athens with a win relies heavily on containing UGA’s running game, led by sophomore Nick Chubb.

“He is a complete back in every sense of the word and he’s effective, you know in their screen game so you know you can’t discount him as a receiver in any way, shape or form either so this guy is by far the best back we’ve played against all year long.”

Chubb averages almost 150 yards per game. He has scored 6 touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, and the game will be televised on CBS.

State health officials will be using airplanes and helicopters to give rabies vaccines to raccoons across 10 counties in north Alabama.

The state health agency says packets of the rabies vaccine will be airdropped across the eastern Tennessee Valley over a 10-day period beginning Monday.

Most of the vaccine packets are meant for rural areas, but workers will also distribute the vaccine on foot in cities including a small portion of Huntsville.

Officials say some of the vaccine packets dropped by aircraft could wind up around homes. The plastic bags smell bad because they're covered with fishmeal crumbs to attract animals.

The vaccine will be distributed in parts of Blount, Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan counties.

The work is part of a national anti-rabies program.