Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson said the medical condition of a 9-year-old boy who shot Thursday afternoon is improving in a Birmingham hospital. Chief Thompson issued a statement stating the bullet missed the boy's vital organs and the child is stable. Prattville Police have decline to reveal where the shooting occurred or the circumstances that led to the incident. Chief Thompson said he is withholding the information is out of respect for both families. He also called the shooting a tragic event for all involved. Prattville Police say the shooting appears to be an accident.
The Alabama House of Representatives have voted to create a state database to enforce existing limits on payday loans. Birmingham Representative Patricia Todd called the creation of the database a good first step in the regulation of the payday loan industry. House lawmakers approved the bill Thursday on a 93-1 vote. It now moves to the Alabama Senate.
The Alabama secretary of state's office is planning to have staff traveling the state starting Monday to provide photo IDs to voters who need them for the upcoming elections. Secretary of State Jim Bennett says the mobile site visits are in addition to the IDs being available in his Montgomery office and at county boards of registrars. The other approved IDs include an Alabama driver's license, a non-driver ID issued by the state, military IDs and Alabama college IDs.
The House Ways and Means Education Committee approved an education budget Wednesday that removes the one percent pay bonus to teachers. Committee Chairman, Republican Representative Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa, says there is not enough money to do everything they wanted. Governor Robert Bentley maintains the education budget that he supports does ensure funding for both a raise for educators and full funding of the PEEHIP program. Governor Bentley has said he will not sign the budget if he does not agree with the final proposal.
Legislation allowing a marijuana derivative to be used to treat severe epileptic seizures won unanimous approval Tuesday night in the Alabama Senate. It authorizes the University of Alabama at Birmingham to do research on the use of Cannabidoil, or CBD oil, to treat severe seizures. The bill now goes to the House where its sponsor, state Representative Mike Hall said passing any legislation involving marijuana is a challenge. The bill is known as Carly's Law because of the work by Carly Chandler's family to pass it.
Montgomery Police believe robbery was the motive. Detectives have charged two 19-year-old males with capital murder in the death of a night manager at the Atlanta Highway Taco Bell. MPD said Kenneth Temple and Rendauldous Chisolm are accused of killing 43-year-old Vettia Roche early Monday morning. Police said Temple and Chisolm are employed at the fast food restaurant. The two males were arrested Monday afternoon and are being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond.
Montgomery police are conducting a homicide investigation after the body of an unidentified female was found behind a fast food restaurant on Atlanta Highway Monday. Lt. Regina Duckett, a police spokeswoman said officers and fire medics responded to the 5300 block of Atlanta Highway around 7:30 a.m. where they discovered an adult female who had sustained fatal injuries. The deceased woman's name was withheld and no arrests were made.
State fire officials say more Alabamians died this winter because of improper use of heating appliances and other issues. Spokesman for the Alabama Fire Marshal's Office Steve Holmes tells the Anniston Star that 49 people in the state died in fires between December and February. The number is up from 39 during the same period in 2012. Holmes attributes the additional deaths to colder than normal weather and people taking extreme measures trying to stay warm. Spokesman for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Brandon Avila says the poor are disproportionately impacted by winter
Organizers say Sunday's Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma is the start of a new campaign to lobby Congress to restore a section of the Voting Rights Act that was removed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Last year justices abolished the preclearance provision that required deep South states to get federal approval of their election laws. Organizers expect next year's Bridge Crossing Jubilee to attract a larger crowd to celebrate the event's 50th anniversary.
A national charity evaluator has awarded the Montgomery Area Food Bank with a 4-Star Quality rating. Charity Navigator has recognized the local non profit for its financial stewardship and day-to-day operations. Grant writer with the Montgomery Area Food Bank, Al Bloom, says the recognition will continue to build contributors' faith in the organization. The Montgomery Area Food Bank is partnering with Alabama State University on March 15th for the empty bowls project to feed families across the River Region.