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Selma City Schools Superintendent Resigns

3 hours ago

   Dr. Angela Mangum has tendered her resignation as Superintendent of Selma City Schools. The school board accepted her letter of resignation. The action comes after Mangum was placed on leave recently after board members discovered she was a finalist for the superintendent position in the town of Pike Road. Selma school officials claim she failed to notify the board of her pursuit for outside employment as stipulated in her contract. Mangum did not land the Pike Road job. The board has begun making plans to find a replacement. 

New Food Vendor Chosen By Alabama State University

May 23, 2017

   The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has approved a contract with a new food vendor. The board voted yesterday to contract with the Aramark Corporation which has its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The current contract with Gourmet Food Services was not renewed and is set to expire May 31st. Board members did not specify why Aramark was chosen from five companies that were considered. A committee had reviewed the five vendors, including Gourmet Food Services, and made a recommendation to ASU’s President, who reportedly took that recommendation to the board.

Record Rain Falls on Montgomery Saturday

May 22, 2017

   Flash flood watches extend across a half-dozen states as torrential rains are expected in many areas of the South. The National Weather Service says there are flash flood watches in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Weekend rains have saturated the ground. Montgomery recorded over 8 inches of rain Saturday, which shattered the record for that date. The most rain that had fallen on May 20th before Saturday was two inches.

Montgomery Police Make Arrest in Weekend Homicide

May 19, 2017

   A Montgomery man is facing capital murder charges in a weekend homicide. Police say they have charged 32 year old Larry McCall Jr. in the shooting death of 56 year old Carl Barnes. He was found with a fatal gunshot wound in the 100 block of West Patton Avenue Saturday night. In a release, detectives say they are still investigating the case and that no other information is being made available at this time. McCall was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under no bond.

Education Budget Passes Alabama Legislature

May 18, 2017

The state education budget is on its way to Governor Kay Ivey. Lawmakers in the state Senate and House of Representatives this morning gave final approval to the $6.4 billion education trust fund. The budget, if signed into law, would keep state schools mostly funded at the same levels as this fiscal year but provides some increases for K-12 and other programs. The bill provides money to hire another 152 teachers in fourth through sixth grades. It would also give a $13 million increase to the state's pre-kindergarten program.

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Selma City Schools Superintendent Resigns

3 hours ago

   Dr. Angela Mangum has tendered her resignation as Superintendent of Selma City Schools. The school board accepted her letter of resignation. The action comes after Mangum was placed on leave recently after board members discovered she was a finalist for the superintendent position in the town of Pike Road. Selma school officials claim she failed to notify the board of her pursuit for outside employment as stipulated in her contract. Mangum did not land the Pike Road job. The board has begun making plans to find a replacement. 

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