Evening news update

Birmingham names interim city attorney

Birmingham city leaders announce a new interim city attorney today. Thomas Bentley will serve as the Deputy Director of the Law Department. The professor of law has been employed with the city's law department for more than 20 years. He replaces Larry Cooper, who was fired by the mayor last week.

New program introduced to report trash in neighborhoods

Mayor Larry Langford also announced a new program Tuesday morning making it easier for people to report blight in communities around the city. All they have to do is snap a picture on their phone and email it in.

Soon, the city will have an application for iPhones and also an email address for other phones where citizens can send in pictures of eye sores. Langford says the program should be up and running within the next ten days. It is similar to a program being used in Boston.

Allen announces his run for Governor

State Representative Gerald Allen of Cottondale announced he is running for the state senate.

Allen, a Republican, wants a shot at the District 21 senate seat currently held by four-term Democrat Phil Poole. Allen says he supports ethics reform, along with less taxes and spending.