Alabama News: Habitat celebrates its 2,000th house built in Ala.; Columbia Bulldog Nursing Kittens

By: AP
By: AP

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Habitat for Humanity is celebrating a milestone in Alabama -- the completion of its 2000th home in the state.
The charity known for building homes for needy families dedicated the milestone home last week. WKRG-TV reports the four-bedroom house on Roslyn Drive in Mobile was constructed for a family of six that once lived in camps in South Africa.
Art Pearce, executive director of the Alabama Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates, says reaching 2000 homes shows that a great spirit of volunteerism exists in the state.
Mobile city councilwoman Gina Gregory says Habitat's work not only helps families in need, but improves communities as well.

COLUMBIA, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama man's four kittens are getting their mother's milk from an unusual source -- his White English Bulldog.
Elbert Bristow of Columbia says he found his bulldog Molly nursing the six-week-old kittens after their mother was killed. The dog gave birth to a litter of puppies a day before the kittens were born.
The Dothan Eagle reports the bulldog has adopted the kittens like they were its own offspring. Molly lays down to let the kittens eat and they follow the dog around 84-year-old Bristow's driveway as if she's their mother.
Bristow is keeping the kittens and Molly's three puppies separate while they're nursing. He calls his pet parenting situation "very unusual."

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy appear to be near the end of the road in the appeal of their 2006 convictions on bribery and other charges.
Siegelman faces a new sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller on Aug. 3 and will likely be headed back to federal prison. Scrushy has already completed much of his sentence and is under home confinement in Houston.
Siegelman leaves behind what was once a successful political career and loyal supporters who plan to ask President Barrack Obama to grant a pardon.
Attorneys for Siegelman and Scrushy say when the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear their final appeal it left unanswered a question about the use of campaign donations in federal bribery cases.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Amateur radio buffs in Alabama are answering the call to polish their skills in a mock disaster drill.
The Huntsville Times reports dozens of amateur operators are gathering at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center campgrounds this weekend for the disaster scenario. During the event, operators in Huntsville will talk with fellow radio buffs across the nation as part of the Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the American Radio Relay League.
The Huntsville site will have five radios available Saturday and Sunday. The national event's sponsor says about 35,000 people participated last year.
Allen Pitts of the American Radio Relay League says it's important for people to know how to maintain communications when disaster's strike and knock out cell phone and Internet access.

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