AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Longtime Alabama newspaper executive Paul Davis, who exposed abuses at state mental hospitals, died Sunday at his Auburn home after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 74.
Davis served as a reporter and associate editor of the Tuscaloosa News, where he uncovered problems at Bryce Hospital and Partlow School in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His reporting led to federal court decisions that set new national standards for the care of the mentally ill and mentally disabled.
He also served as editor of The Selma Times-Journal, general manager of the Natchez Democrat in Mississippi, and publisher and editor of the Auburn Bulletin, The Tuskegee News and Tallassee Tribune.
The executive director of the Alabama Press Association, Felicia Mason, said Davis' courage was an inspiration to everyone in the industry.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thursday, June 8 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-06-08 16:44:50 GMT
A man wanted on charges in a kidnapping and shooting in Alabama is under arrest in New Jersey after a traffic stop. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police say an officer pulled over 23-year-old Birmingham...More >>
Three million dollars have poured into the Alabama lieutenant governor's race as four candidates vie for a statewide position with limited responsibilities other than succeeding the governor. In the Republican primary,...More >>
Thursday, June 8 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-06-08 18:45:08 GMT
Authorities say a Georgia police officer responded to the wrong house and shot and injured the homeowner. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that Henry County police asked the agency to...More >>
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says its crime lab is making progress in a years-long effort to test thousands of backlogged sexual assault evidence packages. The agency's goal is to clear out the old rape kits by...More >>