The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has launched a new television ad urging the state to enter into a gambling compact with the tribe. The ad features people discussing the state budget crisis. They say a compact would generate revenue to benefit "you and me" and that, "Poarch can fix this deficit mess." The commercial debuted this week after legislators began a special session on a projected budget shortfall. The tribe has said it would like exclusive rights to run gambling in Alabama.
The deaths of three pedestrians on Montgomery streets this year has prompted police to urge people to exercise common sense at busy intersections. Montgomery Police Sgt. Brian Champlin says a pedestrian must remember that drivers are easily distracted. Sgt. Champlin also says a pedestrian who illegally crosses a street could face a disorderly conduct charge.
Alabama is seeking to proceed with executions after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a drug that the state plans to begin using in lethal injections. The state attorney general's office asked a federal judge in U.S. District Court filing Monday to dismiss a death row inmate's lawsuit claiming the sedative Midazolam is ineffective. A divided Supreme Court last month ruled 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the same drug can be used in executions without violating the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
A state senator wants to see the Education and General fund budgets unified into one, with all earmarks removed from revenue streams. Republican Paul Bussman of Cullman says he will file legislation to that effect during the special session that resumes in August. His plan also including spending caps on Medicaid and Corrections, which he says should assure education supporters that a raid on the ETF wouldn't be the end result. Additionally, the plan would make changes to the Rolling Reserve Act and establish scheduled reviews of state agency spending.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the state must solve a budget crisis to avoid deep cuts in government services. Bentley says he is seeking "fair minimal taxes" including a cigarette tax increase, changes to business privilege taxes, and either a soft drink tax or small changes to a state income tax deduction. Bentley says he believes voters are adamantly opposed to the funding cuts in state parks, Medicaid and mental health that will happen Oct. 1st without new revenue.
June is National Black Music Month. WVAS-FM celebrated by producing a series of live jazz every evening in the month. We closed out our series The Freedom Sounds - Live Jazz featuring Eric Perkins performing live outside the Alumni House on the campus of Alabama State University.
The Freedom Sounds - Live Jazz is produced by Milton Shirdan in the studios of WVAS-FM on the campus of Alabama State University.