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Hyles Files: Handling Criticism

Jul 20, 2017

Case of Mad Cow Disease Detected in Alabama

Jul 20, 2017

   Alabama was the site of a rarely seen form of mad cow disease this month. The disease was confirmed in an 11 year old beef cow that had been for sale at a stockyard. When it became sick and died, tissue samples were sent to a diagnostic lab which came back positive for atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE. The cow was not slaughtered and the meat did not enter the food chain. Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan says everyone involved followed protocol. McMillan called the case a rare and spontaneous incident, which can occur in older animals.

   Operation Southern Shield is being held all this week in five Southeastern states in an effort to cut the number of traffic accidents and deaths.The campaign by law enforcement agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee targets drivers who are speeding, impaired, distracted and not wearing seat belts. Extra patrols are being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   Operation Southern Shield is being held in July since it is one of the busiest driving months of the year.

Three People Killed in Pike County Crash

Jul 11, 2017

   State Troopers have now identified the three people killed in a Pike County pileup yesterday afternoon.  The crash occurred on U-S Highway 231 around 2:10pm about four miles north of Ariton. Troopers say a tractor-trailer rig and two cars collided, blocking traffic for hours. A woman driving one of the cars was killed. She has been identified as 61 year old Debra Myers Askew of Brundidge. Two people in the other car also died – the driver, 49 year old Robert Pecnick and his wife, 46 year old Suzette Pecnick, both from St. Augustine, Florida. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Tuskegee Murder Under Investigation

Jul 10, 2017

   Macon County authorities have made an arrest in connection with a weekend murder. Investigators are looking into the shooting death of 18 year old Jaivontavious Sellers of Union Springs. He was gunned down around 2:20am Saturday in the 200 block of East Martin Luther King Highway. One person has been arrested. Police say 18 year old Kayonna Robinson has been charged with hindering prosecution. More arrests are expected. A motive for the shooting has not been released.

   Montgomery police have now charged a juvenile male with reckless murder and assault in connection with a fatal shooting yesterday. In a press conference police revealed that a 9 year old boy was killed and a 16 year old was wounded in the incident that occurred at a home in the 17-hundred block of Coral Lane which is located near Norman Bridge Road. The 16 year old’s injuries were not life-threatening. Captain Regina Duckett says that reckless murder charges can be brought regardless of the intent. The juvenile was placed in the Montgomery County Youth Detention Facility.

   The inundation from Tropical Storm Cindy has caused significant crop losses in Alabama. As a result, Governor Kay Ivey is asking for federal assistance for farmers. The governor has requested that some Alabama counties be given a disaster declaration. The letter she sent to U-S Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue claims that a number of Alabama’s Agricultural producers have incurred great losses because of the storm.The state’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan says the cotton, corn, hay, peanuts and soybean crops were most adversely affected.

Alabama State University Interim-President Dr. Leon C. Wilson, leadership members and staff visited the birth place of ASU on Wednesday. The former school was founded on July 17, 1867 in Marion; and is widely seen as the site where nine former slaves collected $500 to establish Lincoln Normal School, which is now Alabama State University. “This is our 150th year of existence and in this very spot is where it all started with nine brave people who decided that they were going to start an educational institution,” said Wilson.

Hyles Files: Imperfect Offerings

Jun 22, 2017

Alabama to Stop Giving ACT Aspire Test

Jun 22, 2017

Alabama will stop giving the ACT Aspire test to students. The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday not to renew the contract with the company. Superintendent Michael Sentance said there were "several issues" with the last administration of the test. He said test results were delayed and when the state received them some of the data was bad. Alabama in 2014 began using the ACT Aspire system as the annual reading and math assessment for grades three through eight in public schools. The transition came with years of disappointing scores.

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