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Moderate drought conditions over in Central Alabama

Jun 8, 2018

   According to the latest U-S Drought Monitor, the moderate drought conditions that had existed in Central Alabama have come to an end. Rainfall totals during the past two weeks reached three to five inches across that part of the state with higher amounts in localized areas. The rain significantly improved the dry conditions that had been present. The report also indicates that soil moisture values are running near normal for Central Alabama, though periodic rainfall will be needed to maintain near or above normal levels.

   State Schools Superintendent Eric Mackey weighed in yesterday on the accreditation report given to Montgomery Public Schools earlier this week. Mackey labeled the review by accrediting agency AdvancED as “one of the worst he’s ever seen.” 

   The accrediting body AdvanED made its presentation to the Montgomery County Board of Education yesterday as it revealed to the board that the system’s status has been changed to “under review.” A six-member team has been reviewing the Montgomery County Public School System for several months as well as compiling the report presented yesterday. In that report it is revealed that 31 performance standards were measured in 3 categories. Those categories are Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity and Resource Capacity.

Alberto churns through the state

May 29, 2018
Daily Express

   Alberto is now a subtropical depression as it plows through Alabama today. For several hours this morning the storm spilled copious amounts of rainfall on the state. Flash flooding occurred in several counties earlier this morning.  A flash flood watch does remain in effect until this evening. The saturating rainfall coupled with strong winds has resulted in trees toppling over – and that means downed power lines.  Alabama Power Company says at one point today almost 12-thousand residents were without electricity in Central Alabama.

A tropical system looms in the Gulf of Mexico

May 24, 2018
Science Daily

   No relief in sight from recent heavy rains and in fact, a tropical system in the western Caribbean bears watching in the coming days. Flash flooding has been a problem in several southeastern states this week including Lee County, Alabama. Emergency management officials there say at least two bridges have collapsed and several roads were barricaded because of the high water. 

   

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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.

November 19,2008 – Montgomery resident, Brent Springford, Jr. , has plead guilty in the beating deaths of his. Springford was charged in the Thanksgiving 2004 murders of his parents, Winston and Charlotte Springford, both 62. Even though Springford plead guilty to five counts of capital murder in the case, he must still stand trial on December 3rd.

November 18,2008 – It's cold and Flu season, and public health officials are encouraging residents to take precautions and get their Flu shots. The Alabama Department of Public Health reports on average, 226,000 people are hospitalized each year nationwide because of Influenza.

November 17,2008 – Alabama Senator Richard Shelby plans to fight a Democratic proposal to bail out U. S. automakers to the tune of 25 BILLION dollars. Shelby, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, says such a bailout would only postpone the inevitable.

November 14,2008 – Alabama congressman Artur Davis is up in arms over a panel formed by the Alabama Democratic Party to recommend federal appointees for President- elect Barack Obama. Davis says the panel has no legitimacy, but party officials disagree.

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