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Burkette wins, now runs for re-election

May 16, 2018
the Tribune Democrat

   Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette won yesterday’s special general election in a landslide vote over Republican DJ Johnson for the District 26 state senate seat. The final tally was reportedly around 38-hundred votes for Burkette and just under 450 for Johnson. Burkette has very little time to celebrate as he must run for re-election in the June 5th primary.

   

Murder in North Montgomery last night

May 15, 2018
VideoHive

   Montgomery police have released more information regarding a fatal shooting from last night. In a statement, police say officers were flagged down by a motorist near the intersection of Chisholm Street and Lower Wetumpka Road around 7:30pm. The driver told police he was attempting to take a man with a gunshot wound to the hospital. Fire medics were called to the location and soon determined that the adult male had died from the injury. Investigators say the victim has been identified as 28 year old Jamichael Stokes of Montgomery.

   There is an election tomorrow for the Alabama District 26 Senate seat. Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette won the Democratic nomination earlier this year while candidate Darrell “DJ” Johnson is representing the Republican party in the race. The special election is being held to fill the seat left vacant when former Senator Quinton Ross left the position to take over as President of Alabama State University.

 Tuition is going up for Alabama's community and technical colleges. The Alabama Community College System on Wednesday approved a $10-a-credit-hour increase set to go into effect this fall. System officials say the increase brings the average tuition and fees at community colleges to $153 an hour and will generate about $14 million in additional tuition revenue each year. Half of the additional funding will be divided among the 25 community and technical colleges and half will be used for statewide college support.

Al.com

   A Montgomery teacher brought home the award for Alabama Teacher of the Year last night. The State Department of Education bestowed the title to Zestlan Simmons, an 11th grade English instructor at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School.

She will spend the next year as an ambassador for education and for teaching. Simmons will conduct workshops to various groups. By virtue of her win, she becomes a candidate for National Teacher of the Year. Simmons had also already landed the designation of AP English teacher of the year by the National Math and Science initiative.

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December 10,2008 – Severe weather threatens much of Central and South Alabama today prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Tornado Watch for the following counties: Autauga, Montgomery, Elmore, Bullock, Barbour,Coosa, Lowndes, Chambers, Lee, Macon, Russell Tallapoosa, Cleburne, Randolph, and Pike counties. This Tornado Watch continues through 2 o'clock this afternoon. Following this severe weather, there is the possibility of frozen precipitation in North Alabama tomorrow.

December 9,2008 – The Montgomery County Commission is cutting its projected spending for 2009 by 10 percent and putting a hiring freeze in place. This after recording a 9 percent decline in sales tax collections for November.


Officials say no dangerous substance was found in a suspicious letter mailed to Alabama's Capitol Monday. The letter was addressed to Governor bob Riley. Similar letters were mailed around the country to five other governors.

December 8,2008 – Alabama's Senators are speaking out against the proposed government bailout of the "Big Three" U.S. automakers. Senator Richard Shelby of Tuscaloosa says even though the bailout was trimmed down from 34 billion dollars to 15 billion dollars, it's not a good plan. Shelby calls it the "bridge loan to nowhere". Senator Jeff Sessions of Mobile says it might be better for automakers to pursue Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

December 5,2008 – Governor bob Riley says he will make a decision, soon, about whether to declare proration in the state's education budget. Doing so would allow state officials to dip into a "rainy day" fund to help balance the budget. Meanwhile, state representative John Knight Chairs the House Appropriations Committee, and he is concerned about shortfalls int he general fund budget,too.

December 4,2008 – The capital murder trial of Montgomery resident Brent Springford continues today. Springford plead guilty last month in the murder of his parents, but because he faces capital murder charges, a jury must hear the case. Springford is accused of beating to death and slashing the throats of Winston and Charlotte Springford.

Montgomery, Alabama – So you decided to go shopping,while criminals are shopping for you.

December 3,2008 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb was the guest presenter at the Bridge Builder's Lecture Series hosted by the Alabama State University Center for Leadership and Public Policy. The event was free and open to the public.

December 3,2008 – Some of the stories making headlines this hour in the WVAS newsroom:

Governor Bob Riley, back from a meeting with President-elect Barack Obama, says he finds Obama to be engaging and genuinely concerned about how the economic downturn is impacting state governments.

December 2,2008 – Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, Montgomery businessman William Blount, and lobbyist Al LaPierre are all out on bond today after being arrested Monday on federal charges. Prosecutors allege Langford, while serving as President of the Jefferson County Commission, accepted 230,000 dollars in a series of bribes from Blount. Allegedly, some of the money was funneled thought LaPierre. Attorneys for the accused maintain their innocence.

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.

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