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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.

   An announcement for the new home of a U-S trainer jet facility could come in the next four months. That was part of an update provided by Joe Turnham, the Executive Director for the Macon County Economic Development Authority to a Montgomery civic club yesterday. Tuskegee is among three finalist cities to land the T-100 trainer jet project. Leonardo DRS has chosen Tuskegee as the site for a 250 million dollar manufacturing facility, should it be chosen for the contract. Turnham says the recent decision by the Air Force to bring the F-35 fighter jet to Montgomery can only help.

Local third-grader dies from flu

Jan 19, 2018

   A local elementary student has died from the flu, becoming one of 20 pediatric deaths due to influenza nationwide. The third grader was a student at Pike Road School. Superintendent Dr. Charles Ledbetter confirmed with reporters yesterday 8 year old Zainab Momin died Tuesday night at a local hospital. Grief counselors will be provided for students when classes resume on Monday.

   It is one day after a major winter storm hit the South yesterday, draping snow over all of Central Alabama. While road conditions have improved, don’t be deceived into thinking things are back to normal. Dangerous patches of ice still exist which can send vehicles off the roadway. Most County emergency management agencies in the river region are still reporting impassable roadways. Montgomery City officials say Interstates 85 and 65 are now passable, but great caution should be used while traveling.

Central Alabama braces for more winter weather

Jan 16, 2018

   A combination of frigid temperatures and snowfall are coming together today to create hazardous conditions. A state of emergency has been issued by Governor Kay Ivey as emergency officials prepare for what could be icy roads late this afternoon through tonight. The National Weather Service is calling for Central Alabama to get as much as two inches of snow and that includes the Montgomery area. Because of that, the Montgomery County Public School System has announced the school will close two hours early today.

Governor declares state of emergency over flu virus

Jan 12, 2018

   Governor Kay Ivey Thursday declared a State Public Health Emergency as the flu virus continues to spread across the state. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, emergency departments and outpatient clinics are seeing very high volumes of patients. The statement notes that this is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu outbreak. Governor Ivey has implemented the Public Health Emergency where healthcare facilities can follow emergency operation plans and administer alternative standards of care if necessary.

      A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Alabama's requirement to show photo identification at the polls. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler on Wednesday ruled the provision does not violate the Voting Rights Act. Alabama in 2014 began requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls.

 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, in her first State of the State address since scandal catapulted her into the governor's office, told legislators Tuesday that the state has turned the page after a cloud of controversy covered state government for much of the past two years. Amid a rosier budget projection, Ivey's speech focused on the state's economic recovery and laid out a legislative agenda that included pay raises for teachers and state employees, increased funding for state prisons to avert a federal takeover of the state system, and developing rural broadband.

Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery to begin the 2018 legislative session. Legislators convene at noon today to begin a session under an election year backdrop. Lawmakers and state offices are up for election in 2018. The session will be dominated by two major budgetary issues: prisons and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Alabama is facing a court order to improve mental health care in prisons. The state will have to pick up some of the cost of the insurance program if Congress does not renew funding.

Three men shot in Montgomery, two fatally

Jan 8, 2018

   A death investigation is underway in Montgomery after two men were found shot to death Saturday. Just before 4 pm that day police and fire medics were called to the 400-block of Maury Street in reference to subjects shot. Police say they found two men with fatal gunshot wounds at the scene. A third adult male was taken to a local hospital with a non life-threatening bullet wound. The initial investigation indicates the people involved may have known each other and that this was not a random act. No arrests have been made.