Alabama to Stop Giving ACT Aspire Test

Jun 22, 2017

Alabama will stop giving the ACT Aspire test to students. The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday not to renew the contract with the company. Superintendent Michael Sentance said there were "several issues" with the last administration of the test. He said test results were delayed and when the state received them some of the data was bad. Alabama in 2014 began using the ACT Aspire system as the annual reading and math assessment for grades three through eight in public schools. The transition came with years of disappointing scores.

Tropical Storm Cindy Saturates the Gulf Coast

Jun 21, 2017

   From the Florida Panhandle to eastern Texas, residents and government officials along the northern Gulf Coast are keeping an eye on slow-moving Tropical Storm Cindy, which the National Weather Service said posed a threat of "life-threatening flash flooding."Rain bands from the weather disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico began pushing ashore Tuesday. Cindy is on a lumbering track taking its center toward southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas.

Montgomery Police Charge Man in Sunday Homicide

Jun 20, 2017

   A Montgomery man has been charged with murder in a weekend shooting death. Police say they took 38 year old Frank Pollard Jr. into custody yesterday. He is alleged to have fatally shot 23 year old Deunte Rogers early Sunday morning in the 500 block of East South Boulevard. Investigators have determined that an argument between the two men led to the incident. Pollard was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.

   A man was fatally shot in Montgomery early this morning. Police say the incident occurred in the 58-hundred block of Eagle Circle at around 12:30 am. It is being handled as a homicide. An adult male was found at the scene with a lethal gunshot wound. It is still very early in the investigation and police have not released any details of the shooting or an identity of the victim. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police at 625-2831 or the Secret Witness Line which is 625-4000 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP. 

Montgomery Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

Jun 15, 2017

   A Montgomery man lost his life in a single-vehicle crash in Elmore County last night. State Troopers are reporting the wreck happened on U-S Highway 31 about a half mile from Prattville. According to the release, a car left the roadway and overturned, killing the driver – identified as 29 year old Larry Michael Montgomery Junior. The preliminary investigation indicates that Montgomery was not wearing a seat belt and that speed may have been a factor. The investigation continues.

   Alabama has improved its ranking in a new report on child well-being, but it still lags behind most of the country overall. The national assessment is compiled each year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation using 16 indicators ranging from children in poverty to teen pregnancy rate to single-parent households. Policy and Research Director at Voices for Alabama’s Children says the significant improvements for Alabama in this report came in the economic domain.

A hearing request to move a police officer’s murder trial out of Montgomery and to another city was held Tuesday morning. Alabama Judge Greg Griffin denied a motion filed by defense attorneys for Montgomery, Police Officer Aaron “Cody” Smith requesting that Griffin move his trial to a different city. 

     Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's office is hiring an outside firm to do communications and public relations work. The governor's office will use state funds to pay $46,000 to Direct Response LLC over the next six months. The contract description says the firm will do "communications and public relations support, external affairs development." The Alabama governor's office has its own press office that sends out news releases.

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, City and County leaders delivered updates on the Montgomery Internet Exchange, MGMix and the tech economic development on Wednesday afternoon. Less than 18 months ago, Montgomery became home to the State’s only internet exchange and now leaders have announced an upgrade to the capacity of the Internet Exchange to handle 100 Gigabits of traffic per second. Mayor Todd Strange says the new status has a significant meaning for Montgomery.

   State and federal law enforcement agencies are conducting a joint investigation into current and past employees of the Selma Police Department after guns and other items disappeared from the department's evidence vault. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Tuesday that his office is assisting in the investigation that also involves the city police department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The investigation comes after an evidence technician was fired for allegedly stealing guns from the evidence vault.