December 5,2008 – Governor bob Riley says he will make a decision, soon, about whether to declare proration in the state's education budget. Doing so would allow state officials to dip into a "rainy day" fund to help balance the budget. Meanwhile, state representative John Knight Chairs the House Appropriations Committee, and he is concerned about shortfalls int he general fund budget,too.

Montgomery resident Winston Brent Springford. Springford was found guilty Thursday of five counts of capital murder in the deaths of his parents, Winston and Charlotte Springford. The couple was beaten and stabbed to death in November 2004. In a videotaped confession, Springford admitted killing his parents because he said they were "killing" their relationship by threating to cut off their financial support of him.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Project is responding to post Presidential election reports of racism and bigotry. Teaching Tolerance Senior Editor, Timothy Lockett, says his group has placed lesson plans on their website to help teachers engage in discussions about race.

The Montgomery Improvement Association will gather this evening for its 53rd observance of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Reverend Robert Greatz, an active member of the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture at Alabama State University, says this year's observations will hold special meaning for him because of the election of Barack Obama as President.
Back in 1955, the Reverend Greatz,who is White, supported his all Black congregation in the Bus Boycott. The 53rd observance of the Montgomery Bus Boycott anniversary will be held at St. Paul AME Church beginning at 6:30. It is free and open to the public.