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Montgomery police involved in deadly shooting

Mar 28, 2018

 An adult female is dead after being shot by Montgomery police yesterday when she reportedly tried to run over approaching officers. Police had received a report of a stolen vehicle in the Chisolm community around 11:30am

      Alabama lawmakers will hold public hearings on proposals to allow some teachers to carry concealed handguns into their schools. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing today on the bill by Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth. It would allow public school teachers and administrators, after undergoing police training, to carry a pistol on school property. It is one of a number of ideas introduced after the fatal shooting of 17 people at a Florida high school.

High school band trip ends in fatal crash in Alabama

Mar 13, 2018

(AP) — A bus carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World ran off a highway and plunged into a deep ravine before dawn Tuesday in Alabama, killing the driver and injuring many passengers. First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 to reach them, and then had to cut some of the victims free from the wreckage, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack.

 Interim State Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson told board members last week that top personnel cuts need to be made. In a board of education work session Richardson said that reducing the number of employees, known as exempt or at-will, has become necessary.

A consultant hired by the Alabama Personnel Department conducted a study in recent months to look at job tasks, titles and salaries. State lawmakers are now preparing to eliminate jobs after seeing unnecessary spending on high-ranking personnel. 

Stingray Bay opens at Montgomery Zoo

Mar 6, 2018

   The quest for a stingray exhibit at the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Center began back in 2011 with a fundraising campaign. Today, seven years later, that project becomes reality as the exhibit goes on display to the public. A 67-hundred gallon saltwater pool containing a variety of stingrays and other aquatic life is housed in a 25-hundred square foot enclosure. During viewing hours, guests will be able to reach into the pool and touch the stingrays. Viewing hours today are from 10 AM until 4 PM.

Bridge Crossing Jubilee draws thousands

Mar 5, 2018

   Thousands of people participated in the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma over the weekend. The 53rd anniversary of Bloody Sunday drew everyday citizens as well as civil rights activists. Several members of Congress were on hand for the commemoration. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia led the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge yesterday. He was among those that were beaten and injured in the original march. That violence set the stage for the Selma-to-Montgomery march, which helped build support for congressional approval of the Voting Rights Act months later.

   Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette has won the Democratic nomination in the District 26 state senate race. He garnered more than 35-hundred votes to defeat state representative John Knight, who had almost 3-thousand votes. The totals reportedly reflect 34 of 35 precincts involved in the runoff election. Provisional ballots will be counted next Tuesday. The seat was formerly occupied by Quinton Ross, now President of Alabama State University. Burkette will face Republican Darrell "DJ" Johnson in the general election May 15.

District 26 runoff is underway in Montgomery

Feb 27, 2018

   A number of voters in Montgomery are going to the polls today to decide the Democratic nomination in the District 26 state senate race. Polls opened at 7 o’clock this morning for the runoff between state representative John Knight and Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette. During the primary election back in December Knight garnered 36 percent of the vote to Burkette’s 27 percent.

   A Montgomery police officer was involved in a deadly shooting yesterday on the city’s west side. The incident began when police responded to a report of a subject shot in the 16-hundred block of Westcott Street. Emergency personnel found a victim with a serious gunshot wound. The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital. Moments later officers discovered the suspect at the intersection of Hill and Jordan Streets. During that encounter, shots were fired. Police spokesperson Capt.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is underway

Feb 20, 2018

   The next three months are known in Alabama as the primary severe weather season. That’s why the National Weather Service, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Governor Kay Ivey are designating this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state. Officials want residents to spend this time making preparations and educating themselves on severe weather threats. Each day of the week a different topic is being emphasized. The list includes severe thunderstorms, flooding and flash flooding, tornadoes, lightning and weather alerts.