Alabama State University Interim-President Dr. Leon C. Wilson, leadership members and staff visited the birth place of ASU on Wednesday. The former school was founded on July 17, 1867 in Marion; and is widely seen as the site where nine former slaves collected $500 to establish Lincoln Normal School, which is now Alabama State University. “This is our 150th year of existence and in this very spot is where it all started with nine brave people who decided that they were going to start an educational institution,” said Wilson.
Alabama will stop giving the ACT Aspire test to students. The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday not to renew the contract with the company. Superintendent Michael Sentance said there were "several issues" with the last administration of the test. He said test results were delayed and when the state received them some of the data was bad. Alabama in 2014 began using the ACT Aspire system as the annual reading and math assessment for grades three through eight in public schools. The transition came with years of disappointing scores.
From the Florida Panhandle to eastern Texas, residents and government officials along the northern Gulf Coast are keeping an eye on slow-moving Tropical Storm Cindy, which the National Weather Service said posed a threat of "life-threatening flash flooding."Rain bands from the weather disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico began pushing ashore Tuesday. Cindy is on a lumbering track taking its center toward southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas.
A Montgomery man has been charged with murder in a weekend shooting death. Police say they took 38 year old Frank Pollard Jr. into custody yesterday. He is alleged to have fatally shot 23 year old Deunte Rogers early Sunday morning in the 500 block of East South Boulevard. Investigators have determined that an argument between the two men led to the incident. Pollard was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.
A two-time Grammy winner, bassist Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for more than four decades. He has held down rhythm sections and set the groove for some of the heavyweights of jazz — from Bill Evans to Miles Davis to Chick Corea.
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