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Montgomery to Kick Off College Football Season

Mar 22, 2017

A new college football game is coming to Montgomery; officials announced Tuesday that the Montgomery Kickoff Classic will officially jumpstart college football season.  The game will feature two of the current top-ranked FCS teams in the nation, Jacksonville State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President, ESPN Events says the Montgomery community has been very supportive and successful in hosting our events.

Montgomery Police Initiate Homicide Investigation

Mar 22, 2017

 Montgomery police are conducting a homicide investigation into a weekend shooting. Investigators say 20 year old Brittany Young was found with a gunshot wound in the 57-hundred block of Express Drive Sunday morning. She was taken to a local hospital where she died the following night. Investigators continue to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting. Police do ask individuals with knowledge of the incident to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000, or the Montgomery Police Department at 652-2831. 

   A fatal accident that occurred last week has resulted in the arrest of a Deatsville woman. State Troopers say an SUV driving through a construction zone on Autauga County Road 85 last Thursday fatally struck a worker on the site. The driver of that SUV, identified as 35 year old Kelly Nicole Dingler, has now been charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Authorities say Dingler was placed in the Autauga County Jail under 15-thousand dollars bond. 

Nation's Top Commander of U.S. Air Force visit ASU

Mar 15, 2017

The nation's top commander of all U.S. Air Force recruiting activities, both in America and abroad, paid a special visit to Alabama State University on Monday. Major General Garrett Harencak serves as the commander of U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Harencak’s message focused on “Leading, Serving and Empowering”, he says his message is a great opportunity for students to get motivated about being the next generation of leaders.

U-S Attorney for Montgomery District Resigns

Mar 14, 2017

The remaining two U.S. attorneys who were appointed by former President Barack Obama in Alabama have stepped down. U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown of Mobile has resigned and is being replaced on an interim basis by his top assistant, Steve Butler. Brown had served in the position since 2009. George Beck has resigned after six years as the top prosecutor in Montgomery. His top assistant, A. Clark Morris, becomes the acting U.S. attorney. Both Brown and Beck stepped aside after a White House decision to replace all remaining U.S. attorneys appointed by Obama.

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By a largely party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that repeals Obama-era hunting restrictions on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The House already voted last month to abolish those restrictions — which were instituted by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 to protect predator species from hunters — and so the bill now heads to the desk of President Trump, who is widely expected to sign it.

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British authorities have made eight arrests in their investigation into Wednesday's attack in London, police said Thursday morning.

Mark Rowley, the national lead for counterterrorism policing, told reporters that there were four dead, including the attacker, and 29 people have been treated in hospitals. Seven people are in critical condition, he said.

Police had earlier said there were five dead including the attacker.

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School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, "appropriately ambitious" progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.

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Montgomery to Kick Off College Football Season

Mar 22, 2017

A new college football game is coming to Montgomery; officials announced Tuesday that the Montgomery Kickoff Classic will officially jumpstart college football season.  The game will feature two of the current top-ranked FCS teams in the nation, Jacksonville State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President, ESPN Events says the Montgomery community has been very supportive and successful in hosting our events.

A Russian billionaire paid former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort millions of dollars to boost the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Associated Press reports. The new allegations arise months after Manafort resigned from the campaign amid concerns over his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

Late last year, India sought to force people with large amounts of cash stashed away to deposit it in bank accounts. It was a tax-collecting exercise to get people to disclose unreported wealth and pay up.

The government credits the move for a 12 percent increase in tax collections from the previous year.

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