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Fire forces BTW students to make temporary move

Aug 20, 2018
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   Work is in full swing to get Hayneville Road School ready to take in students from Booker T. Washington – which lost part of its campus to fire this weekend. Montgomery Public School Officials say BTW’s Building C was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the school’s more than 400 students will face a temporary re-location. Classes for those students have been cancelled this week so that preparations can be made to house the students at the previously closed Hayneville Road School. That campus is set to open August 27th.

WVAS to air Aretha Franklin Tribute

Aug 17, 2018

WVAS-FM 90.7 will air "Some Respect For Aretha". A one hour tribute to the Queen of Soul who passed away on August 16 at the age of 76. The program, produced and hosted by Paul Ingles will feature a panel of music writers and commentators that will include, Ann Powers of NPR Music, writer and educator Rob Bowman, writer Ashley Kahn, writer and musician John Kruth and public radio host Gwen Thompkins. The program will also feature many of Franklin's legendary performances. The program airs Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m. and a rebroadcast can be heard Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m.

Alabama's unemployment rate is holding steady.  State officials said the July jobless rate was 4.1 percent, mirroring June’s rate.

It is higher than the national unemployment rate of 3.9 percent; the Alabama Department of Labor says the number of people working is at a record high, citing more than 2.1 million people are now working in the state.

Shelby County has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, followed by Cullman County at 3.5 percent.

Wilcox County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.2 percent. Clarke County followed at 9.1 percent.

   It’s been a deadly week on Central Alabama roadways. Three more people were killed over the last two days. On Wednesday, State Troopers say a pedestrian was hit by an SUV on U-S Highway 82 in Bullock County. It happened at around 11 pm approximately six miles east of Union Springs. The man was taken to a local hospital but died a short time later. He’s been identified as 39 year old Charles Demetrius Black of Union Springs. The driver of the vehicle was injured. State Troopers continue to investigate.

   

Mayor presents budget to city council

Aug 8, 2018
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   For the first time, Montgomery’s proposed budget has reached 250 million dollars. That’s according to Mayor Todd Strange, who presented the budget, along with an address, at last night’s city council meeting. In discussing the 2019 general fund budget, the mayor trumpeted several accomplishments for Montgomery in the last year including the F-35 fighter jet coming to the city; tourism in the city setting new records; the Montgomery Internet Exchange’s continued growth; library improvements and employment gains.

The Fourth Annual Nat King Cole Society Jazz Festival

Sunday, September 2 at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in Downtown Montgomery

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U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams made a plea in April for more Americans to be prepared to administer naloxone, an opioid antidote, in case they or people close to them suffer an overdose.

"The call to action is to recognize if you're at risk," Adams told NPR's Rachel Martin. "And if you or a loved one are at risk, keep within reach, know how to use naloxone."

The median age in America is roughly 37. So most of the people in this country today have no memory of events in the 1970s, much less the 1950s.

But President Trump does. He has not only memories but also direct personal connections to some of the actors in those eras. And the drama of those times remains vivid to him, or at least worthy of mentioning on Twitter.

Federal health advisers say women can now consider three options when it's time for their cervical cancer screening tests. The influential group, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, has expanded its recommendations for this potentially lifesaving exam.

The new recommendations are published in the latest issue of JAMA.

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The Trump administration has moved to formally replace the Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that former President Barack Obama once lauded as the single-most important step America has ever taken to fight climate change.

The long-anticipated proposal, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would give individual states more authority to make their own plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Jessie Greengrass' Sight is one of those books that critics rave about, yet many readers wonder why. Here's why: Shimmering sentences and long paragraphs that unspool like yellow brick roads, winding toward emerald cities of elusive, hard-to-express insights. A definition of love as an "encumbrance of minutiae" which both anchors and defines you. Observations like this: "The price of sight is wonder's diminishment."

The Food and Drug Administration took a big-tent approach earlier this month when it approved two new forms of birth control that seek to prevent pregnancy in very different ways.

On Oct. 5, guitarist, singer and songwriter Marcus King releases the new Marcus King Band album Carolina Confessions.

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U.S. officials say a 95-year-old former Nazi labor camp guard named Jakiw Palij who lied about his wartime work when he immigrated to the United States has been deported to Germany.

Palij, who lived in Queens in New York City, was investigated and denaturalized more than a decade ago. His deportation was ordered in 2004. But for years, no country would take him in.

On Monday, he was sent to Germany, according to the State Department. The Department of Justice says Palij is the 68th Nazi removed from the U.S.

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