Posted: Wed 1:40 PM, Dec 31, 2003
Reporter: Associated Press
Top 10 news stories of 2003 in Alabama:
- Ten Commandments monument moved and Roy Moore ousted as chief justice.
- Governor Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax plan rejected by voters by two to one margin.
- HealthSouth Corp.'s $2.7 billion accounting fraud scandal and Richard Scrushy indictment.
- Eric Rudolph captured and returned to Birmingham for trial in deadly abortion clinic bombing.
- Alabama Guard and reserves deployed to Iraq and support posts.
- Army chemical weapons incinerator begins burning Cold War-era stockpile at Anniston.
- Jury orders Exxon Mobil to pay state a record $11.9 billion suit over oil and gas royalties.
- Settlements valued in the $800 million range are reached in Anniston PCBs contamination cases.
- Corruption probes bring guilty pleas from ex-Siegelman aide Nick Bailey and lobbyist Lanny Young but dismissal of case against Senator Roger Bedford.
- Marshall Space Flight Center director Art Stephenson steps down and the Huntsville center assumes blame for foam problem in the Columbia disaster.