Friends and Family Remember Beverly Ross

Aug 21, 2015

A beloved member of the Montgomery County School Board and longtime educator has died.  Beverly Ross passed away Thursday afternoon.  She was 65.  Ross represented District 7 on the county school board.  She also served as vice president of student affairs at Trenholm State Community College.  Fellow school board member Mary Briers said she admired Ross' dedication to helping students.  Funeral services for Beverly Ross will be held tomorrow at 12 noon at Resurrection Catholic Church.  

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MPS Confirms The Passing of Beverly Ross

Aug 20, 2015

District Seven School Board Representative Beverly Ross has passed away, that's according to a statement from the Montgomery Public Schools System.  Friends say she suffered a sudden illness this week and was hospitalized until her death Thursday afternoon.  Ross was first elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010.  She served as board President from 2008 to 2010.  She was also dean of students at Trenholm State Community College.  Ross earned two degrees from Alabama State University.

Three Counties Host Voter Registration Events

Aug 20, 2015

As the November elections draw near, the Alabama Secretary of State's Office say voter registration events are being hosted in the coming weeks in St. Clair, Green and Dale counties.  Secretary of State John Merrill also announced that over the next week five of the 17 Republican presidential candidates will be in Alabama to campaign.  Donald Trump will make a campaign stop in Mobile Friday night.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will address the Alabama Republican Party summer luncheon on Saturday.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz will attend the Lincoln/Reagan Dinner on August 25th.  Dr.

Bentley Plans to call Special Session in September

Aug 19, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley plans to call a special session sometime in September.  He says he will promote essentially the same tax proposals as he did in the last session.  But he told reporters Wednesday that he will not accept a shift in use tax funds from the Education Trust Fund without a plan to replenish that money.  The governor spoke to a meeting of the Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force Wednesday.  He urged them to contact their local senators and representatives on behalf of his budget plan.  

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Clean Up After Storms Roll Through Montgomery

Aug 19, 2015

Severe storms moved over parts of Montgomery early Tuesday evening knocking out electricity to an estimated 5,000 customers, according to Alabama Power Company.  The utility said a majority of the outages have been restored.  Power lines, trees and limbs were downed in the Cloverdale and County Downs neighborhoods.  Also, the storms dumped torrential rain causing some flooding near Atlanta Highway and Coliseum Boulevard.  

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Major Drug Arrests

Aug 18, 2015

Alabama authorities say 25 people have been arrested on federal and state charges following a five month investigation into drug trafficking in Montgomery.  State Attorney General Luther Strange says the state charges are severe.  Court documents indicate that authorities confiscated approximately $800,000 in cash, 11 vehicles, 10 firearms and around 9 kilograms of cocaine.  The operation reportedly moved large amounts of narcotics from Atlanta to Central Alabama.  

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Non Profits Oppose Tax-Exemption Bill

Aug 17, 2015

Lawmakers passed a bill on the last day of the recent special session that adds new regulations to non-profit organizations in the state.  The bill's sponsors say the charitable groups should have to file a report of all their tax exempt transactions and obtain a tax exemption certificate on an annual basis.  Leaders of some of the state's largest non-profits are criticizing the legislation.  Jimmy Hill, President and CEO of the River Region United Way.

Julian Bond Civil Rights Activist Dies

Aug 17, 2015

Julian Bond,  a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, has died.  The Southern Poverty Law Center says in a statement that Bond died Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness.  The Nashville native was considered a symbol and icon of the 1960s civil rights movement.  Bond helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.  He was on the front lines of protests that led to the nation's landmark civil rights laws.  

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Abortion Regulation Blocked By Federal Judge

Aug 14, 2015

A federal judge has blocked an Alabama abortion regulation that could have permanently closed the state's busiest abortion clinic, saying the rule was unnecessary to protect women.  U.S. District Myron Thompson issued a temporary restraining order last week blocking the regulation concerning the West Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa.  He followed up with an 81-page opinion issued Thursday.  The 2007 health regulation requires clinics to hire a physician with hospital-admitting privileges to handle patient complications.  The clinic filed a lawsuit challenging it.

Public Hearing at State School Board Meeting

Aug 14, 2015

A public hearing at Wednesday's State School Board meeting attracted unanimous support for adoption of the Science State Course of Study in Alabama's Public School System.  The standards promote a hands-on approach to science, with less emphasis on memorization.  Board members will vote on the standards at its September meeting.  If approved, teachers would undergo a year of professional development before the program is implemented.  

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