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   Montgomery Public Schools now has an approved budget for the 2018 fiscal school year, though it was passed without a vote from the school board. In a move that school system officials say is allowed under the State Intervention Act, Montgomery Chief Education Officer Dr. Reginald Eggleston passed an alternate budget on his own. The budget does not include the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School. It reportedly does include 4.7 million dollars in expenditure cuts.

   The first of two public meetings on the future of Georgia Washington Middle School was held last night. A proposal to sell the school to the town of Pike Road was included in a budget plan defeated last week by the Montgomery County Board of Education. Attendees were outspoken in their support of the school. An impact study is being conducted into how a sale of the school would affect students in the area. A second community meeting is set for this Thursday at the Professional Service Center on South Union Street at 6 pm.

Thousands of fans are heading to Birmingham, Al to see the traditional rivalry between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University during the 76th annual Magic City Classic game. Alabama State (1-5, 1-2 SWAC) is coming off a bye week after a 23-16 win over Texas Southern on Oct. 14. The series is also one of the closest in rivalry games as Alabama A&M leads the Magic City Classic series 39-33-3, and two of the last three games have been decided by just one point – including last season's 42-41 Alabama A&M victory in overtime.

School board rejects budget for fiscal year 2018

Oct 27, 2017

   On a 4 to 3 vote, the Montgomery County Board of Education yesterday rejected a budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year. At issue is the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School to the town of Pike Road– a majority of board members are against it. Mary Briers says she would have voted for an alternative spending plan that Chief Education Officer Reginald Eggleston refused to bring up. The sale of the school to Pike Road would drum up almost 10 million dollars. But Briers and other members would like to see the money raised by other means.

   A witness in an attempted murder case was shot to death outside the Montgomery Courthouse Monday just moments after testifying. Now the judge in the case has declared a mistrial. Montgomery police say 31 year old Kelvin Cooley was fatally shot after leaving the courthouse on South Lawrence street Monday by 25 year old Jocephus Boone. Cooley had just completed testimony in the trial of Jacquees Boone, accused of killing Cooley’s brother Alondre in 2014. The two Boones are also brothers. Jocephus Boone is now charged with capital murder in Monday’s shooting.

   A law going into effect in November makes it mandatory for Alabama drivers to have liability insurance. A spokesperson with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says the law allows the department to verify if a driver’s insurance was valid during a traffic stop or an accident. It imposes fines of 200 dollars for the first offense, 300 for the second and 400 dollars for the third. Drivers who fail to pay fines can have their licenses suspended. The Alabama Legislature passed the law in 2016 hoping to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on the road. 

Every week on WVAS, we bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 52 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report… 

The Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization (SAYNO) and local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the annual Kids and Cops Day on Saturday. The event, which is also being hosted by the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission, was designed to allow children an opportunity to interact with law enforcement and learn about their equipment and technology in a positive atmosphere. Executive Director of SAYNO, Inc. Anderson Graves says the indoor festival will include interactive activities, police-related scenarios, and other fun activities.

Qualifying has closed for the Alabama Democratic and Republican parties in the race for state’s Senate District 26 seat, which Quinton Ross just vacated to take over as President of Alabama State University. Five candidates have qualified on the Democratic side while just one is running from the Republican Party. Democratic candidates include Deborah Anthony, Fred Bell, David Burkette, Tony Cobb Jr. and John Knight. DJ Johnson is the GOP’s nominee. The special primary election is set for Dec. 12. A runoff would be held Feb. 27 if needed. 

Making Contact: Mrs. Hamer, Echoes Airs Tonight

Oct 9, 2017
Library System at Howard University

Tonight's regularly scheduled program Biz Talk MGM is taking a break for the Columbus Day holiday. In place of it, WVAS will broadcast a half-hour special "Mrs. Hamer, Echoes" part of the Making Contact series, a weekly magazine/documentary style public affairs program distributed through Public Radio Exchange. The program examines the words and brief context of the life of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer,  who would have turned 100 on October 6.