Authorities in Elmore County have identified the young man who drowned in the Coosa River Wednesday. They say 15-year-old Shalom Nowden, a 10th grader at Wetumpka High School was apparently overcome by a strong current while swimming in the Corn Creek area. Witnesses say several other people tried to pull him to safety, but to no avail. Authorities are calling it an accidental drowning.
It looks as though drivers will have to dig deeper into their pockets for gas money. Violence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher during a time of year they usually decline. AAA reports the national average price $3.67 per gallon is the highest for this time of year since 2008. Fortunately, gas price statewide are a bit lower, according to AAA Alabama, today's average statewide price for a gallon of regular is $3.42. Midgrade fuel costs $3.63 while premium gas averages $3.83 per gallon.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced plans to move forward with a lawsuit against Alabama's prison system. Attorney Maria Morris with the SPLC said inadequate medical care has resulted in inmate suffering and deaths. Morris says solving the prison overcrowding issue is vital to raise the standards to a humane level. Attorneys with the SPLC said state officials have long known about the problems plaguing the prisons across the state but have failed to resolve them. The Alabama Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas said last week that the SPLC's accusations are inaccurate and incom
The Montgomery Police Department and CrimeStoppers are appealing for assistance in finding the male suspect who robbed a jewelry store on June 5th. According to CrimeStoppers, the holdup occurred at Cronier's Jewelry on the East Boulevard. The suspect is between 5'10'' to 6' and weighed 200 to 230 pounds. The male robber wore an Army fatigue baseball cap, white t-shirt and dark colored jeans. If you can identify or know where the suspect can be found, call Montgomery Police or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, your tip could lead to a cash reward.
Civil and gay-rights advocates are calling an appeals court ruling Monday a step in the right direction. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has unanimously overturned the state's anti-sodomy law. The judges said it was the first time the law's constitutionality had been addressed since the U.S.
The director of the Veterans Administration Health Services in Central Alabama says he has eliminated paper waiting lists, added staff and worked to bring stability to an operation that has some of the longest patient waiting lists in the country. A recent VA audit report of the Montgomery and Tuskegee facilities shows an average wait time of 7 days. James Talton attributes the waiting time, in part to difficulties recruiting physicians and the VA salary cap. He said the Central Alabama VA has added 85 positions to improve services. Talton has served as director of the Central Alabama V
More than 300 high school girls welcomed Governor Robert Bentley to their 2014 Girls State Inauguration Thursday. Bentley spoke to the young ladies about education, leadership and current government issues. Bentley encouraged the participants to strive for excellence while enjoying life. The goal of the program is to teach students more about the functions of local and state government.
The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System has announced new steps to improve access to veterans. They include expanding tele-medical programs; revamping medical appointment procedures; hiring additional physicians; and expanding clinics hours to include Saturday clinics for primary care.
Governor Robert Bentley is urging sweeping prison reform across the state. Many of the state's prisons have been criticized for overcrowding, sexual abuse and deplorable conditions. Bryan Stevenson, executive director of Montgomery's Equal Justice Initiative said the state's alarming prison overcrowding issue stems from several main factors, he says the state adopted excessive sentences for low-level nonviolent crimes, passed three-strike laws and made drug abuse and addiction a crime problem instead of a healthcare problem. The state has a limited amount of time to fix its prison issues
Alabama's seven member House Delegation joined the majority in approving legislation to address military veterans' long waits for care at VA hospitals. The U.S. House unanimously approved the bill Tuesday to make it easier for veterans enduring lengthy delays for initial visits to get VA paid treatment from local doctors instead. The U.S. Senate is taking up a similar bill.