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Rosa Parks Day to be celebrated in Montgomery

Nov 30, 2018

   More than 60 years ago Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Tomorrow her legacy will be remembered with the first Rosa Parks Day in Alabama. Earlier this year the state legislature unanimously passed a bill to make the first day in December of each year Rosa Parks Day. It was signed by the governor in April. A day-long schedule of events is set for tomorrow in Montgomery. Alabama State University’s National Center Director Dr. Janice Franklin says ASU is holding a tribute at noon at Tullibody Hall.

Larry Watkins to be enshrined in SWAC Hall of Fame

Nov 29, 2018

   The Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame will add the name of a former Alabama State University player and coach to its annals Friday. Larry Watkins played centerfield for ASU’s baseball team in the early 70s and was a part of the first ASU team to make the NCAA playoffs. He then coached the program for more than 30 years.   Watkins won SWAC Coach of the Year in 1991 and is currently ASU’s special assistant to the athletic director. The induction ceremony is set for 6pm at the Sheraton in Birmingham on Friday.

Alabama State Athletics

   Alabama State University’s women’s volleyball team has found out their opponent in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Lady Hornets will face top-seeded Stanford on Friday at the Stanford Regional. ASU makes the tournament for the third-straight season and the fifth time in the past six. Thirty-two conferences were awarded an automatic qualification, while the remaining 32 positions were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. ASU at Stanford will start at 9 PM Eastern on Friday.

Turkey Day Classic week is here!

Nov 19, 2018

   This is Turkey Day Classic and Hornet Homecoming week at Alabama State University. As usual, a full schedule of events can be enjoyed. Wednesday is particularly busy with the Alumni Brunch at 10am in the Student Center Ballroom and the Hornet Club Meeting at 12:30 in the Acadome Sky Lounge. Two conferences take place that day – the National Alumni Association Mini Conference at 12:30, followed by the I Support Athletic Program Conference at 3pm. The First Family Alumni Reception opens at 5:30pm at the President’s House.

 Two Hayneville Police officers have been placed on administrative leave following a fatal shooting Wednesday night. The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to handle the case. An investigator with SBI says the officers were called to the home of 55 year old George Crenshaw Wednesday to serve multiple warrants against him. During that process, the investigator says Crenshaw came at the men with a large kitchen knife. Witnesses are being quoted as saying the officers gave verbal commands for Crenshaw to drop the knife before shots were fired. His injuries prove to be fatal.

Alabama's infant mortality rate lowest ever

Nov 15, 2018

     State health officials say Alabama's infant death rate has fallen to an all-time low just a year after it was among the worst in the nation. The Alabama Department of Public Health says new figures show the state's infant mortality rate declined to 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017. That means 435 infants died before reaching their first birthday compared with 537 infant deaths in 2016. The death rate that year was 9.1 deaths per 1,000 births. Officials say the improvement could be linked to fewer teen pregnancies and fewer women smoking while they are pregnant.

Town hall meeting draws crowd

Nov 9, 2018

   Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore spoke to a room full of parents and teachers at a town hall meeting last night. The audience was able to submit questions on note cards that Dr. Moore answered before the group. Reactions to the meeting were positive. Most of the questions focused on the state’s intervention of Montgomery Public Schools, the accreditation process, and the need for increased funding. More town hall meetings are likely if the demand is there.

It's Election Day!

Nov 6, 2018

   Polls are open all across the state for today’s General Election. A full slate of statewide offices is on the ballot, from Governor and Lt. Governor to Attorney General and Secretary of State, on down. The Republicans have certainly held the edge in Alabama for years now. No Democrat holds statewide office, and Alabama's nine-member delegation to Washington includes seven Republicans. But Democrats are optimistic going into today’s election. There are more Democrats running in statewide races than in 2014. Party candidates are contesting nine statewide offices.

Montgomery named as a top smart city

Nov 5, 2018

   Montgomery has been named as one of the country’s top smart cities. The Center for Digital Government announced that Montgomery won the 2018 Digital Cities Survey, along with several other U.S. cities. The Capital city was ranked eighth in the nation for a city its size. The award was given to cities excelling in leveraging technology, boosting cybersecurity, and improving the overall quality of the life of its residents. A factor in the win, according to officials with the Center for Digital Government, was the city’s open data portal. 

   Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says almost 302-thousand voters in the state are listed as inactive. That’s approximately one out of every ten voters. Merrill points out that people can still cast ballots on Tuesday, even if listed as inactive, however those folks will need to fill out a form at the polling place and update their address.  The bulk of voters being declared inactive happened during roll maintenance when the state was unable to reach residents with mailed postcards.