Starting in April, more detailed tornado warnings are coming to Central and North Alabama. The National Weather Service office in Birmingham is adopting the new Impact-Based warnings after positive reviews from test areas in other parts of the country. Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the Birmingham office emphasizes that the change is in the wording only, not in warning philosophy.
Governor Robert Bentley spend much of the last week or so making speeches across the state to drum up support for his $541 million dollar tax proposal. House budget chairman Steve Clouse said legislators are responding negatively to Bentley's ideas. Clouse said Bentley's proposed tobacco tax increase has the most favorable outlook, but he doubted legislators would approve the 82 cents per pack increase Bentley is seeking. The Alabama Legislature returns from spring break Tuesday.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has promised not to accept a paycheck until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent. Governor Bentley is getting closer to collecting a salary, but he's not there yet. The state announced Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in February.
President Obama used a visit to Alabama's largest city to promote policies that he said would protect working families, including new proposed regulations for payday lenders. In a speech Thursday at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Mr. Obama said a lender should first make sure that a borrower can afford to pay the money back. The president also said proposed federal rules would protect consumers from being stuck in a cycle of debt.
Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry. In excerpts of remarks for delivery in Birmingham, President Obama praised the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its proposal to set standards on a multibillion-dollar industry that has historically been regulated only at the state level. President Obama has been speaking at Birmingham's Lawson State Community College.
Thousands of people form all backgrounds and races descended on the Alabama Capitol Wednesday afternoon. The crowd estimated at 3,000 or more gathered at the Capitol steps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the final leg of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The marchers, escorted by dozens of Montgomery police officers on motorcycles, retraced the final three mile route from Saint Jude Catholic Church on Dexter Avenue. The huge crowd heard remarks from dozens of elected officials. The keynote address delivered by the Reverend Dr.
All the preparations have been made, and now the city of Montgomery is ready to commemorate the final leg of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The city has announced street closings along the march route. Oak Street between Fairview Avenue and West Jefferson Davis Avenue. West Jefferson Davis Avenue between Oak and South Holt Street. South Holt Street between West Jefferson Davis Avenue and Day Street. Day Street from Holt Street to Mobile Street. Mobile Street to Five Points, Montgomery Street to Dexter Avenue and all of Dexter Avenue.
Montgomery police say a motorcycle rider was killed in a two-vehicle crash early Monday morning. According to Police Sgt. Denise Barnes, officers and Firemedics responded about 12:45 a.m. in the Troy Highway, Virginia Loop Road area. Sgt. Barnes said the crash resulted in a single fatality. Authorities say 32-year-old Micah Chappell of Montgomery was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver wanted for ramming a car into an apartment building and killing a 6-year-old boy is now in the custody of Montgomery police. 28-year-old Juan Daniels was arrested March 5th in Gwinnett County, Georgia, by the U.S. Marshals Service. He is being held on a $500,000 cash bond at the Montgomery County Detention Facility. 6-year-old Aiden Howard was visiting a relative on February 12th when the crash happened at the Plaza at Centennial Hill Apartments.
Alabama's public schools system will undergo changes in coming months. On Thursday, Governor Robert Bentley signed the Charter Schools bill into law. There was no ceremony. The state legislature approved the Republican-supported bill on Wednesday. The legislation calls for the state department of education to establish up to 10 charter schools annually for the next five years. Also, a statewide commission will have the final say over whether a school board can reject a charter school. The first schools could be open in the fall of 2016.