Tuskegee Arrest

Apr 18, 2016

Police have arrested a man wanted for shooting two Tuskegee University students early Saturday morning.  The two students were shot while sitting in a vehicle in a residence hall parking lot.  Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.  Police have placed Ras Hodari Ankanbi Jacobs-El in custody for the shooting.  He is also a student at Tuskegee University.  Officials say Jacobs El was arguing with the two victims off campus and followed them back to the university where the shooting occurred.  He faces charges of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

2016 Tax Deadline

Apr 18, 2016

Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline today to file their tax returns, while millions of others will ask for more time, a six-month extension.  There was a three-day delay beyond the traditional April 15 deadline.  Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.  It was Emancipation Day, which commemorates President Abraham Lincoln's signing of an act that freed more than 3,000 enslaved people in the district and compensated their owners.  More than 150 million tax returns are expected to be filed in 2016.  As of April 8, almost 82 million refunds have been issued.

More Tourism Dollars Flowing into Alabama

Apr 15, 2016

According to a report from the Alabama Tourism Department, travelers spend around $777 million in Montgomery County last year and were responsible for almost 12,000 jobs.  That placed Montgomery among the top five counties in the state with the largest travel-related expenditures.  Baldwin County came in first, collecting $3.9 billion dollars in travel dollars.  Next came Jefferson County with $1.8 billion, then Madison, Mobile and Montgomery counties.

Legislators Work to Decriminalize Marijuana Oil Bill

Apr 15, 2016

The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to decriminalize non-high inducing marijuana oil in a bid to help people coping with debilitating seizures.  House members Wednesday voted unanimously for the bill.  It now goes to the Alabama Senate.  Cannabidiol, which doesn't cause a high like marijuana, is being explored as a treatment for seizures.  The bill would give people a defense from drug possession charges if they are using the oil to help with seizures.  The legislation is named "Leni's Law" for 4-year-old Leni Young.  Her family moved from Alabama to Oregon to get cannabidiol.

Bank Robbery Sentences

Apr 15, 2016

Two men received sentences Wednesday for a bank robbery they committed in July of last year.  According to the U.S. Attorney's office 50-year-old Edward Hundley of Birmingham and 39-year-old Richard Freeman of Montgomery were sentenced to federal prison.  Hundley got seven years, while Freeman received four.  The men pled guilty to robbing the U.S. AmeriBank on Atlanta Highway of $7,000.  They were later arrested in Atlanta.  

This has been "Week of the Young Child" in Montgomery.  The week of activities was highlighted Thursday during Mayor Todd Strange's weekly press briefing.  The focus has been on improving early learning opportunities for young children.  The mayor also used his platform to promote the Joy to Life annual Walk for Breast Cancer.  Marketing Director for the Joy to Life Foundation Denise Green says the lion's share of its donations come from Saturday's event which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in downtown Montgomery.  

Teens in Custody After West Alabama Car Chase

Apr 14, 2016

Authorities in west Alabama say two Ohio teenagers are in custody after a car chase ended with police shooting and injuring one of the teens.  Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood tells a local news outlet authorities responding to a 911 call Wednesday night pursued a vehicle into two nearby counties.  Underwood says the car was occupied by 19-year-old McKinney Alexander and driven by a 17-year-old female, both from Youngstown, Ohio.

Dr. Phillip Cleveland, Deputy State Superintendent for Career and Technical Education, is now the new interim state superintendent.  The Alabama Department of Education made the announcement during Thursday's meeting.  Governor Robert Bentley attended the meeting, he said  he's pleased with the selection of Dr. Cleveland.  Dr. Cleveland will serve up to six months as an interim superintendent until a new state superintendent is nominated.  

ALEA Secretary Defends Use of Aircraft

Apr 14, 2016

The head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says a state aircraft was used in 2014 to deliver Gov. Robert Bentley's forgotten wallet to him at the beach, but that Bentley did not request the air delivery method.  Law Enforcement Secretary Stan Stabler made the statement Wednesday in response to reports that state resources were used to deliver the governor's wallet.  Stabler, in defending the move, said it is the job of the dignitary protection unit to make sure public officials they protect are equipped to carry out their constitutional duties.

Alabama Operation Lifesaver

Apr 13, 2016

Alabama Operation Lifesaver is trying to curb railroad deaths and collisions by hitting the road for a 40-city tour across the state.  Alabama ranked sixth nationally in train/motor vehicle collisions in 2015 with 90 collisions, according to ALOL.  Five of those resulted in deaths.  Operation Lifesaver Executive Director Nancy Hudson says the tour will emphasize pedestrian safety.  Alabama has about 3,500 miles of tracks, and roadway meets railway at more than 6,000 intersections along those tracks.