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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.

Hyles Files: Never Tired of Bacon

Jan 10, 2018

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.

The 43rd Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

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December 1,2008 –
On this date, December1,1955, a Black Montgomery seamstress, Mrs. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a White man. Four days later, on December 5th, the Montgomery Improvement Association was formed and elected 26 year old Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. to serve as its president and spokesman. MIA led the city on a 381 day standoff with the City of Montgomery over its segregated public bus system.

December 1,2008 – Calls by WVAS News to the Birmingham attorney representing Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford are being met with no comment. Attorney Thomas Baddley is expected to release a written statement later today concerning Mayor Langford's indictment. Langford is charged with bribery, fraud, and other federal charges in connection with multi-million dollar sewer bond deals made while Langford was president of the Jefferson County Commission.

November 27,2008 – Alabama State University is preparing for the big showdown as the ASU Hornets tackle the Tuskegee Golden Tigers in the 85th Annual Turkey Day Classic. Kickoff is 1:00 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.

Two state rainy day savings accounts took effect after a state canvassing board certified the results from the general election. The accounts went into effect Tuesday. The accounts could provide as much as $620 million to lessen or prevent state budget cuts this year.

November 27,2008 – NOVEMBER 27,2008 (2008-11-27) Alabama State University is preparing for the big showdown as the ASU Hornets tackle the Tuskegee Golden Tigers in the 85th Annual Turkey Day Classic. Kickoff is 1:00 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.

November 27,2008 – Alabama State University is preparing for the big showdown as the ASU Hornets tackle the Tuskegee Golden Tigers in the 85th Annual Turkey Day Classic. Kickoff is 1:00 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.

Two state rainy day savings accounts took effect after a state canvassing board certified the results from the general election. The accounts went into effect Tuesday. The accounts could provide as much as $620 million to lessen or prevent state budget cuts this year.

November 26, 2008 – The Southern Poverty Law Center Director of the Intelligence Projects, Mark Potok, says his group has seen an increase in racially threatening internet postings and activities targeting President-elect Barack Obama.

November 25,2008 – A local economics professor agrees with President-elect Barack Obama's pick for Treasury Secretary. Professor Kevin Deravi, of Auburn Montgomery, says Timothy Geithner has the experience need to handle the task ahead and calm jitters on Wall Street.

An Alabama man is among the 14 people who have received pardons from President George W. Bush. Robert Earl Mohon, Jr. of Grant, Alabama was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

November 24,2008 – Gas prices continue to drop just in time for Thanksgiving motorists who will be hitting the roadways this week. AAA Alabama is reporting Monday's fuel prices ringing up at 1.87 per gallon statewide.

November 21,2008 –
The State Finance Director says steps are being taken to ensure that any possible funding cuts do not impact Education.


Alabama Democrats are pushing to eliminate the state's 4 percent sales tax on groceries.


Gasoline prices around the state continue to tumble with AAA Alabama reporting prices being cut in half since the record $4.00 per gallon mark back in July.

November 20,2008 – It's a sad reflection of the economy; more people are losing their homes to foreclosure in Alabama. Attorney Jim Smith works with the Mortgage Foreclosure Task force which offers free assistance to residents. He says most residents are unaware that they can lose their homes in as little as 21 days. The toll free hot line for free help aimed at preventing foreclosure is -1-877-393-2333.

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