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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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On the High Plains in West Texas, hot winds blast through cotton fields as far as the eye can see.

In the middle of it all is a tiny vineyard.

Andis Applewhite is the owner. She's an artist whose family has worked this land for a century. They once planted crops more typical of the neighborhood, like cotton and wheat. Applewhite decided to try something different: She put in a couple of acres of cabernet franc grapes.

An employee at the Federal Housing Finance Agency says that she secretly recorded conversations with director Melvin Watt that bolster her harassment, retaliation and equal-pay claims against Watt and the agency

In 2015, Simone Grimes had been filling two jobs — hers and one she had been promoted to. But she never got the pay increase she had been promised. That decision, she was told, would require the director to sign off.

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