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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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A South African professional hunter died Friday after being crushed by an elephant after the animal was fatally shot on a game reserve in Zimbabwe.

51-year-old Theunis Botha was leading a hunting group when they stumbled upon a breeding herd of elephants at the Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park, Zimparks spokesman Simukai Nyasha tells The Telegraph.

Refugees make headlines. Internally displaced people don't.

Maybe their plight eludes the limelight because, unlike refugees, they don't cross international borders ... or seek to enter the United States or Western Europe, where people debate how many of them to let in ... or undertake harrowing voyages across the Mediterranean.

And maybe it's because of their official label. "Internally displaced persons" (also known as IDPs) sounds vague and a bit confusing, as if they were lost inside themselves.

In November 1969, Richard Oakes and dozens of his fellow Native American activists came ashore at Alcatraz. The little island in San Francisco Bay had lain dormant since 1963, when its infamous federal prison had been shut down, and the group Oakes led set out to claim the land as its own.

Four people died on Mount Everest in the past week, bringing the number of climbers killed on the mountain during the current spring climbing season to six.

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