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     The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a revision of the state's "Stand Your Ground" law to specify that deadly force can be used to defend someone in a church. The Houses of Representatives approved the bill Thursday on a 40-16 vote. It now moves to the Alabama Senate. Republican Rep. Lynn Greer of Rogersville cited deadly church shootings in Tennessee and South Carolina. Greer said church members need the legal protection to "shoot back" if someone comes into a church to harm people. Democratic Rep.

State Senator Hank Sanders bowing out of race

Feb 12, 2018

   Longtime Democratic state senator Hank Sanders announced Saturday that he will not run for re-election. Sanders has served nine terms in the state senate and had qualified to run for office this year. But, in a statement, The Selma senator said recent time with family made him realize it was time to back away. He said he has asked his daughter Malika Sanders-Fortier to qualify and run for the Senate District 22 seat and she has agreed. Sanders does plan to serve out the almost nine months left in his term.

   Legislators got their first look at the proposed state education budget yesterday during a meeting of the House Ways and Means Education Committee. The 6.7 billion dollar spending plan is one of the largest in state history. Interim State Schools Superintendent Ed Richardson calls it an excellent budget.

Millbrook man arrested in child porn video

Feb 6, 2018

   The man suspected of criminal sexual misconduct in a child porn video has been taken into custody. Central Alabama CrimeStoppers reports that 44 year old Germaine Moore turned himself in to police around 2:30 this morning. The Millbrook man faces 11 counts of sexual misconduct related to a video that has been distributed nationally and globally, depicting him in a sex act with a child under the age of 13. Later today, Moore will be transported to the Elmore County Detention Facility. He is also wanted in Detroit on sexual assault charges of three girls.

Two murders in Montgomery over the weekend

Feb 5, 2018

   Montgomery police are looking into two murders that happened over the weekend. The first took place early Saturday morning in the 2-thousand block of East South Boulevard. Investigators say that 30 year old Sidney Johnson the Fourth was found shot to death at that location. During the investigation, 19 year old Leviticus Fuller was developed as a suspect. He turned himself in Sunday and is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a murder charge. Detectives believe the two men got into a verbal dispute, which led to the shooting.

     The Alabama Department of Education has released the first report cards assigning letter grades to schools and school systems. The department said Thursday that 76 percent of the state's 137 school systems received an A, B or C. Montgomery Public Schools was one of 19 systems receiving a D. No school systems in the state scored an F.

Devil sign on Alabama interstate coming back

Jan 31, 2018

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A collapsed sign along an Alabama highway saying "Go To Church or the Devil Will Get You!" will be erected again. AL.com reported Monday the family that owns the sign depicting a red-tailed Satan will post another, likely with the exact wording as the original. It stood for decades along Interstate 65 north of Prattville before a storm toppled it in fall 2016. The sign stands on private property owned by W.S. "Bill" Newell and his sons took over its maintenance after he died in 2009.

   Absentee voting is open for the run-off election in District 26 next month. The run-off for the democratic nomination for the senate seat is between Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette and State Representative John Knight. It is set for Tuesday, February 27.  Absentee voting will run through February 22. Montgomery County Circuit Clerk Tiffany McCord told media that absentee voting has been slow so far. The winner of the run-off will face Republican Darrell "DJ" Johnson in the general election, which is set for May 15.

Police make arrest in fatal accident from October

Jan 26, 2018

   A fatal crash that happened in October of last year has resulted in the arrest of a Louisiana man. On October 31, three members of a transportation department survey crew were struck by a car in the 4-thousand block of Atlanta Highway. One of those men, 62 year old Leo Fournier of Montgomery, died from his injuries. Police say they have now charged 46 year old James Overstreet with murder in the case.

New list of failing schools in Alabama is out

Jan 25, 2018

   The latest list of “failing” Alabama public schools was released yesterday on the State Department of Education’s website. The results were drawn from the state’s standardized test in the spring of 2017. Out of 1,325 public schools in Alabama, 75 landed on the list of those performing in the lowest 6 percent in math and reading on the ACT Aspire exam.

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