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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.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship

Feb 5, 2016

Residents of Alabama, Georgia and Kansas are no longer able to register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship after a federal elections official added the requirement without pubic notice or review by the agency's commissioners.  The move by Brian Newby, the new executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, has sparked a backlash from one of its commissioners, who is asking the changes be withdrawn.  The American Civil Liberties Union says it's a brazen move that will create additional barriers.

Suspect Dies in Shootout

Feb 5, 2016

A sheriff's sergeant in the Florida Panhandle says the search for a Missouri couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions in Alabama and Georgia ended in a shootout that killed the man and wounded the woman.  Santa Rosa County Sheriff's officials say there was a shootout early Friday morning between the suspects and law enforcement officers that left Blake Fitzgerald dead and Brittany Nicole Harper injured.  Authorities say they learned the suspected were heading into Santa Rosa County and joined the search, which ended on a road.

National Signing Day

Feb 4, 2016

Alabama State University announced a recruiting haul of 17 players Wednesday for its football team.  Hornets head football coach Brian Jenkins was enthusiastic about the signing class.  Coach Jenkins says having more time to evaluate players during the recruiting process made a tremendous difference.  Jenkins and his coaching staff arrived at ASU late in the recruiting season last year.  Unlike last year, the team will also be able to hold spring practice.  The Hornets will begin the first of 10 spring practice sessions April 2nd.

Tornado Strikes West Alabama

Feb 4, 2016

The National Weather Service says an EF2 tornado struck rural western Alabama and destroyed more than a dozen homes.  Officials say the tornado struck the town of McMullen in Pickens County Tuesday evening and destroyed 13 homes.  Of that number, 10 of the structures were mobile homes.  The Service says in all, four tornadoes struck west Alabama.  The others touched down in Ethelsville, also in Pickens County and in Lamar and Fayette counties.  Damage assessments have not been released for those locations.  

State Education Standards

Feb 4, 2016

The debate over the state's education standards has begun again with a public hearing on a bill to repeal Common Core standards in Alabama public schools.  The Senate Education Policy Committee Wednesday discussed but did not vote on the bill to do away with the state's standards applying to math and English curriculum.  The national benchmarks were adopted by the state's elected Board of Education in 2010.

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