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Record Rain Falls on Montgomery Saturday

23 hours ago

   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.

Tensions over redistricting are straining the final days of the legislative session. The Republican majority is poised to give final approval to new legislative districts over the objections of Democrats. The Legislative Black Caucus on Tuesday said the Republican majority has not treated Democrats fairly and the proposed map is racially gerrymandered to entrench GOP dominance. Black lawmakers promised to slow down House and Senate debate. Filibusters are one of the few maneuvers the minority party has to influence legislation.

   Civil rights activist Dr. Gwendolyn Patton will be remembered this week at several services. Patton passed away last week at the age of 73. The Freedom Fighter championed numerous causes in her life as an activist. She became the first female student government association president at Tuskegee University. She was a founding member of the Alabama Democratic Conference, the National Rainbow Coalition, the National Anti-War, Anti-Draft Union and the National Association of Black Students.

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Giving new moms face-to-face education about safe sleep practices — and providing them with a cardboard "baby box" where their newborns can sleep right when they get home — reduces the incidence of bed sharing, a significant risk factor for SIDS and other unexpected sleep-related deaths, a study from Temple University in Philadelphia has found.

Building a better battery is the holy grail for people who want better technology. Now researchers at the University of Texas, Austin say they may have found that battery — or something close. But their claims have sparked controversy.

At the center of this debate is a towering figure in the world of science — John Goodenough, who teaches material science at the university.

Nicky Hayden, a champion motorcycle racer, died at an Italian hospital Monday, five days after being struck by a car while bicycling as part of his training on the Rimini coast.

The 35-year-old had suffered trauma to his head, chest and abdomen after colliding with the car's windshield, leaving him in critical condition at Maurizio Bufalino Hospital in Cesena.

The hospital confirmed Monday that he died "following a very serious polytrauma."

Picture a kaleidoscope of color and a medley of vivid African print cloth surging forward amid screams and weeping — for joy.

That was the magnificent and moving scene, Saturday, in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, as 82 former Chibok schoolgirls — now young women — were reunited with their mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and other family members, after three years in Boko Haram captivity. Tears were streaming down their faces and gave way to broad smiles of happiness and relief after years of torment and trauma and missing their families.

One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities.

Food banks that serve these areas are also feeling the squeeze, as surplus food supplies dwindle but the lines of people seeking help remain long.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has extended for six months a program that has allowed tens of thousands of Haitians to remain in the U.S. following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

But Trump administration officials say they believe conditions are improving on the Caribbean island and that Haitians should make plans to return to their home country.

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The ransomware attack on worldwide computer networks earlier this month largely spared those of the federal government. While the government dodged a bullet this time, experts say, its systems are still vulnerable — although perhaps less so than in the past.

When the global malware attack — dubbed "WannaCry" — was first detected, a government cybersecurity response group moved quickly.

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There are a lot of threads to the story of Ford Motor Company over the last several years. It avoided bankruptcy during the financial collapse. In the last few years, the company has enjoyed record sales and, with that, record profits.

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