MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Rogersville Republican Lynn Greer wants Alabama to resume executions using the electric chair. He favors electrocutions because of continuing delays with lethal injection drugs. A shortage of execution drugs means the state can't execute inmates for now. Alabama's death row now holds 195 inmates.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Power says it is cutting back on coal use at three generating plants due to federal environmental rules. About 60 jobs are reportedly being affected, but the utility says cuts will come from transfers and attrition, not layoffs. The changes are supposed to be finished by 2016.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition and several suspended players. Coach Nick Saban wouldn't give a timetable for the return of defensive players Brandon Ivory, Jarran Reed and Tim Williams. Meanwhile, Florida State transfer Jacob Coker is battling Blake Sims to replace AJ McCarron.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley won't spend time in jail after being convicted of drunken driving and reckless driving in Mobile. A judge has ordered Fairley to spend one year on probation and pay $750 in fines plus court costs. Fairley was arrested in 2012.
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