Two West Alabama Men were arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 16 concerning a 200 gallon moonshine still in Marengo County. According to AL.com, Reginald Williams, age 57, and William Walters III, age 49, were brought into custody by the State Bureau of Investigation on charges of possession of a still for manufacturing of prohibited liquors as well as a count of possession of illegally produced alcoholic beverages. The investigation is still ongoing.
The Alabama House of Representatives has passed a Republican-backed bill blocking the increase of the minimum wage for Alabama workers. WHNT.com reports the 71-31 vote rolls back Birmingham’s plan to increase minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and instead will retain the $7.25 federal wages currently in place for all Alabama cities. The bill is presently on its way to the Alabama Senate.
Apple has publicly contested a US magistrate’s order to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, responsible for the death of 14 on on Dec. 2, 2015. According to NPR, the FBI’s investigation has been unsuccessful regarding the shooter’s phone, prompting this order. Apple CEO Tim Cook has refused with regards to customer privacy. The conflict has not yet been resolved.
On Friday, Feb. 19, bestselling author Harper Lee died at the age of 89. Best known for her southern classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee passed away in her home town of Monroeville, Alabama. Lee will forever be remembered for her intelligent portrayals of segregation era southern life and witty but poignant humor. The Pulitzer Prize winner has inspired generations of authors with her works and will be dearly missed.