Thousands of people form all backgrounds and races descended on the Alabama Capitol Wednesday afternoon. The crowd estimated at 3,000 or more gathered at the Capitol steps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the final leg of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The marchers, escorted by dozens of Montgomery police officers on motorcycles, retraced the final three mile route from Saint Jude Catholic Church on Dexter Avenue. The huge crowd heard remarks from dozens of elected officials. The keynote address delivered by the Reverend Dr.
All the preparations have been made, and now the city of Montgomery is ready to commemorate the final leg of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The city has announced street closings along the march route. Oak Street between Fairview Avenue and West Jefferson Davis Avenue. West Jefferson Davis Avenue between Oak and South Holt Street. South Holt Street between West Jefferson Davis Avenue and Day Street. Day Street from Holt Street to Mobile Street. Mobile Street to Five Points, Montgomery Street to Dexter Avenue and all of Dexter Avenue.
Montgomery police say a motorcycle rider was killed in a two-vehicle crash early Monday morning. According to Police Sgt. Denise Barnes, officers and Firemedics responded about 12:45 a.m. in the Troy Highway, Virginia Loop Road area. Sgt. Barnes said the crash resulted in a single fatality. Authorities say 32-year-old Micah Chappell of Montgomery was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver wanted for ramming a car into an apartment building and killing a 6-year-old boy is now in the custody of Montgomery police. 28-year-old Juan Daniels was arrested March 5th in Gwinnett County, Georgia, by the U.S. Marshals Service. He is being held on a $500,000 cash bond at the Montgomery County Detention Facility. 6-year-old Aiden Howard was visiting a relative on February 12th when the crash happened at the Plaza at Centennial Hill Apartments.
Alabama's public schools system will undergo changes in coming months. On Thursday, Governor Robert Bentley signed the Charter Schools bill into law. There was no ceremony. The state legislature approved the Republican-supported bill on Wednesday. The legislation calls for the state department of education to establish up to 10 charter schools annually for the next five years. Also, a statewide commission will have the final say over whether a school board can reject a charter school. The first schools could be open in the fall of 2016.
The child at the center of a state-wide Amber Alert issued Thursday has been found safe. According to authorities, 5-year-old Aaliyah Linton was found safe in South Carolina. Linton was abducted around 8:40 Thursday morning from her school in Bullock County. Investigators say Linton's aunt and grandmother took her from Union Springs Elementary School before fleeing in a maroon van. The names of the aunt and grandmother have not yet been released but they will face kidnapping charges.
Public education in Alabama is taking a new direction. The state Legislature, voting along mostly party lines, has given final approval to a bill allow charter schools in the state. The Alabama House passed the legislation Wednesday. The measure was sent to Governor Robert Bentley who has indicated he will sign the bill into law. No timetable was given.
Montgomery Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide. Authorities say the bodies of an adult male and adult female were found in a residence late Tuesday night at about 11:45 p.m. Montgomery Police did not reveal the address but said the two victims died of gunshot wounds. Authorities said the investigation indicated the adult male fatally shot his wife, then took his own life. The victims' names were not released.
Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped from 6.1 percent in December to 6 percent in January, but it remains above the national average. Governor Robert Bentley says this is the 14th straight month that Alabama has gone without any increase in unemployment.
The Lady Hornets basketball team will travel to Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday to take on Florida State. The Alabama State University women's squad is a number 15 seed in the NCAA tournament. ASU earned its first appearance in the tournament since 2003. Students, alumni and supporters held a Welcome Home rally Monday afternoon for the Lady Hornets. Connecticut, Notre Dame and South Carolina and Maryland are the top seeded teams in the Women's NCAA tournament.