Originally created 03/31/02

Across the Southeast

Alabama bar names first black president

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -Civil rights attorney Fred Gray Sr. has been named president of the Alabama State Bar Association, the first black in the post.

Mr. Gray, 71, of Tuskegee, once represented Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He takes office July 20.

State Bar Director Keith Norman said members chose Mr. Gray without dissent, calling him "one of the deans of civil rights lawyers."

Mr. Gray said he plans to stress to his colleagues the importance of service "to their clients, the profession and the community."

University seeking lower tuition increase

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -Proposed out-of-state tuition increases for professional doctoral schools at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill need to be reduced or the programs could see a decline in the student body, educators say.

Earlier this month, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a 12 percent increase in tuition for all nonresidents at all 16 state system campuses.

The double-digit increases would be harmful to these professional schools because out-of-state tuition already is considered reasonable or on the high end, UNC-Chapel Hill officials say.

The programs cited are the masters of business administration program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School; the doctor of dental sciences at the dental school; the doctor of pharmacy at the school of pharmacy; and the medical doctor program at the medical school.

Plan would pay counties for kept state inmates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -The state Board of Corrections voted to accept a $5 million plan offered by Gov. Mike Huckabee to reimburse county jails for housing state inmates.

Counties have been squabbling with the state over money owed them for holding hundreds of state prisoners in local jails until room is available in overcrowded state prisons. As of Friday, 466 state inmates were in county jails.

Last week, the governor proposed using $5 million to cover about 77 percent of the nearly $6.5 million owed the counties at the time. The Corrections Board backed the plan Friday, and payments could begin flowing by early May.


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