Scandal Rocks Alabama's 2-Year-College System

Accusations of nepotism, cronyism, and fraud spur calls for restructuring

It seemed that the Alabama Fire College's troubles had petered out. A federal investigation of former Gov. Don E. Siegelman's financial dealings with the college had resulted in a raid of several of its offices in the summer of 2004. But for two years nobody connected with the institution had been charged with any crime.

Then last April The Birmingham News fanned controversy at the two-year Tuscaloosa college with a series of front-page articles outlining questionable spending there.