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Law Enforcement Attends Missing Persons Seminar

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and Montgomery District Attorney Daryl Bailey held a missing persons seminar for law enforcement and families Tuesday on the campus of Auburn University Montgomery.  The day-long training offer officials the opportunity to learn about new techniques to follow leads.  Strange says the seminar provides national and state resources to local law enforcement.  Statistics show one in six missing persons come home as a result of photos and posters seen on websites.  

Fat Tuesday Celebrations

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Thousands of revelers will spend Fat Tuesday partying in Mobile and New Orleans.  New Orleans is better known as a Mardi Gras destination.  But Alabama's port city also is alive with parades, a ball and neighborhood festivities to mark the coming of the season of Lent.  The first of four parades through downtown Mobile begins at mid-morning.  Parades also are planned for Tuesday in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  More than 50 groups put on parades and balls on the Alabama Coast during the Carnival season.  

iHeart Prom Drive

7 hours ago

The iHeart Prom Drive is collecting new or gently used prom dresses for its giveaway showcase in Montgomery.  Donations can be dropped off at any Jim Massey's Cleaners in the area until February 29th.  The Montgomery Public School System is one of the participants; Mona Davis Public Information Manager says the event is aimed at helping teens make their prom day special.  Davis says dresses size 14 and up are needed.  The dresses will be cleaned and made available to teens at the showcase to be held on March 12th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the City of Saint Jude gymnasium.  

2016 Bridge Crossing Jubilee

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The 2016 Bridge Crossing Jubilee celebrating the Selma to Montgomery march is scheduled for next month in Selma.  This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Bloody Sunday event in 1965.  It comes a year after the massive 50th celebration which saw around 200,000 people attend.  Frank Barragon with the Alabama Coalition of Immigrant Justice says the commemoration inspires all races.  More than 40 activities are planned from March 3rd to Sunday, March 6th.  

Former State Democratic Party Chairman Dies

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A former chairman of the Alabama's Democratic Party passed away on Sunday.  Redding Pitt served as chairman from 2011 to 2005 after serving as U.S. Attorney in Montgomery for seven years.  His law partner Ken Riley gave notice of Pitt's death.  Current Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley says the party has lost a staunch supporter.  Worley says Pitt was currently serving as a vice chairman of the state organization.  He had also been with the Birmingham-based law firm of Farris, Riley and Pitt since 2001.  

Montgomery Water Safety

Feb 8, 2016

If the Flint, Michigan water crisis has you wondering about the safety of Montgomery's water, fear not.  The latest quality report from Montgomery Water Works found no lead in the city's water.  Water Works General Manager Buddy Morgan tells the Montgomery Advertiser that 100 samples are taken from local residences, 50 to test for lead and 50 to test for copper.  He says a tinge of copper is detected once in a while, but only trace amounts well below action levels.

Governor Tours Rural West Alabama

Feb 8, 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley visited rural west Alabama this weekend to discuss the state's response to storms that caused significant damage in several areas.  Gov. Bentley toured Pickens County on Saturday and discussed the importance of storm shelters.  The National Weather Service has said two tornadoes touched down in Pickens County Tuesday night and two others also hit Lamar and Fayette counties.  Officials say the tornadoes that hit Pickens County had peak wind speed of 135 mph and 85 mph.

Deadly Shooting at Greentrack Casino

Feb 8, 2016

Authorities say one person is dead and two are critically injured after a shooting at the Greenetrack Casino in Eutaw.  Lt. Jeremy Rancher of the Greene County Sheriff's Office said at a news conference that deputies responded to a call at the casino Saturday afternoon.  He declined to got into detail about whether the shooting occurred inside the casino or outside.  Rancher says one person was fatally shot and one critically shot.  The other person was wounded in the course of the incident but not shot.  No other details have been released.  

Accidental Shooting Kills Irondale Girl

Feb 8, 2016

Police say a 3-year-old Alabama boy has accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old sister.  Irondale Police Chief Ken Atkinson tells Al.com that the shooting took place Saturday afternoon at their grandparents' house in a Birmingham suburb.  He says the boy found a loaded pistol on a bedroom nightstand and shot his sister in the head with it.  Atkinson says the incident seems to be a "tragic accident" but an investigation is underway.  The girl was flown with life-threatening injuries to Children's of Alabama, where she later died.  

Senator Ross Supports "Ban the Box" Legislation

Feb 5, 2016

So far 19 states and more than 100 cities and counties have adopted so-called "ban the box" policies that block employers from asking applicants about their criminal history during the initial application process.  State Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery will sponsor similar legislation in the current regular session.  Ross made his comments on the WVAS Perspectives talk show this week.

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