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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.

Montgomery Minority Business helps rebuild Downtown

Mar 13, 2017

Montgomery’s Minority Business Initiative spotlighted the success of a local company during a special event on Thursday at the Kress Building site downtown. Thomas Construction Company is one of the participants in the Minority Business program and is assisting in the revitalization of Dexter Avenue.

Monuments Bill Passes the Alabama Senate

Mar 10, 2017

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that bars changes from being made to Confederate or long-standing monuments in the state. The measure passed 24-7 Thursday after more than two hours of debate. Critics argued the bill is offensive to African-Americans. The legislation forbids changes to public monuments that have stood for more than 20 years. Tuscaloosa Republican Sen. Gerald Allen is sponsoring the legislation. He says that it is intended to preserve history. The original bill would have stopped changes to markers more than 50-years-old.

Carol Villa Residents Call for Action

Mar 8, 2017

   An incident in which shots were fired at a party in Carol Villa this weekend has local residents on edge. A large contingent of neighborhood residents attended last night’s Montgomery City Council meeting calling for action. The group is disturbed that no arrests were made early Sunday morning when the incident occurred or since that time. The incident reportedly happened at a house in the area of Carol Villa Drive and Handel Court. While police say they have questioned numerous people, no arrests have been reported. 

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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.

November 13,2008 – Consumers are enjoying lower gas prices with regular unleaded gasoline at its lowest amounts around the state since 2006. AAA Alabama is offering tips to get the best mileage possible.

Perspectives

November 12 – The Perspectives show recorded on November 12th with host Robb Taylor

November 12,2008 – Alabama Congressman Artur Davis says the rumors are just that, rumors, and he is not considering serving as U.S. Attorney General. Davis says he will announce early next year definitive plans on whether he will run for Governor of Alabama. On another note, Davis will participate in an upcoming Time magazine panel discussion this weekend about the publication's "Person of the Year".

November 11,2008 – Alabama Congressman Artur Davis tells WVAS news he will have an announcement to make early next year. That response when we questioned Davis about reported plans to run for Governor. Selma based Zeigler is recalling its more than 28,000 pounds of hot dogs fearing contamination. Zeigler officials say the hot dogs produced on September 22nd may be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause a potentially deadly disease called Listeriosis.

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