- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2007

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An experiment by Alabama’s liquor-control agency to sell booze at state-owned stores on Sundays drew a Bible Belt backlash and came to an abrupt end this week.

Gov. Bob Riley said the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board will revert to its traditional practice of shuttering its stores on Sundays, a decision made after the agency broke a long-standing taboo and opened a store in Birmingham last Sunday.

“I think the standard that ABC has operated on for decades is the best one for the state,” Mr. Riley told reporters Tuesday in Montgomery.

The governor’s decision put an end to what ABC administrator Emory Folmar described as plans to open other state-owned liquor stores on future Sundays to coincide with major events.

Monday, Mr. Folmar said board members decided to open a downtown Birmingham store last Sunday in conjunction with the annual Magic City Classic football game between Alabama A&M; University and Alabama State University, which drew nearly 69,000 fans to Legion Field on Saturday.

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