Around the South for Apr. 21: AL, AR & FL


Alabama: Moore fails to regain chief justice job. Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), a staunch social conservative, lost his bid to regain his seat on the state Supreme Court, which upheld his expulsion by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for ordering clerks of court not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore said he had done his duty “to uphold the sanctity of marriage.” Now, will he run for governor or senator? ……. Arkansas: More execution problems. The State of Arkansassuffered two more setbacks in its effort to carry out death sentences by the end of April, when its use of lethal drugs expires. A Pulaski County judge ruled one of the drugs could not be used and the state Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to one of the death row inmates ……. Florida: Scott wants more money for tourism. Gov. Rick Scott (R) asked the legislature for an additional $24 million for Visit Florida, a state agency that promotes tourism. “My goal is to spend $100 million to market our state,” Scott said, reported the Bradenton Herald. So far, legislative leaders have been reluctant to provide as much money as Scott wants for the tourism project …….