Thursday, June 01, 2006

Friday's Star, the afternoon update

An update since this morning's news planning meeeting.

Brian Lyman has been staking out the Secretary of State's office in Montgomery as campaign finance reports pour in from candidates rushing to meet the late afternoon deadline.

Dan Whisenhunt looks into another facet of the probate judge race:
Whoever is elected as the next Calhoun County probate judge will have the task of appointing the county’s first mental health officer if funding is available.

Five years ago, 305 Anniston students were in summer school. This year it's 265, Matt Kasper reports.

On the editorial page, John Fleming has a story from the Black Belt on how conservation can get complicated.

Rachael Scarborough King reports on Children’s Miracle Network telethon:
For Jamie McGlaughn, her 21-month-old son Tucker truly is a miracle.
When he was nine days old, Tucker underwent a radical surgery to remove a cyst wrapped around his heart and blocking his airway. Doctors cut through his vocal cords and spliced them to a neck muscle, hoping they would regenerate.
"He’s a perfectly normal little boy – you’d never know anything had ever happened or was ever wrong with him," McGlaughn said of her boy these days.
Tucker’s surgery was performed by Dr. Audie Woolley at Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham.
On Saturday, the McGlaughn family – Tucker, his parents, and older brother Mason – will represents East Alabama on the 24th-annual Children’s Miracle Network telethon to benefit Children’s Hospital. Tucker was chosen as the telethon's East Alabama "champion" from among the more than 600,000 patients who visit the hospital each year.