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10:27am

Fri November 14, 2014
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Fixing the General Fund Budget

Governor Robert Bentley says the state's General Fund budget will be the biggest problem before legislators next year.  Lawmakers say they will have a hole of at least $200 million in the budget.  The governor says he and lawmakers have been meeting about possible solutions.  The governor said last week that legalized gambling, either with a lottery of compact with the Poarch Creek Indians, is on the table for discussion.  

Warming Shelters

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11:06am

Thu November 13, 2014
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Sewell Pushes for Possible Impeachment

Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell is urging members of the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the possibility of impeachment of federal Judge Mark Fuller.  On Wednesday, Sewell sent a letter to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member John Conyers asking them to investigate whether Congress should impeach Fuller.  In September, Sewell gave Fuller a Nov. 12th  deadline to resign after his Aug. 9th domestic violence arrest.  All of Alabama's congressional delegation, including senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, called for Fuller's resignation.

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6:38pm

Wed November 12, 2014
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Alabama's Redistricting Case

The Supreme Court is considering a dispute over the use of race to redraw political districts.  Alabama told the justices in arguments Wednesday that it had no choice but to concentrate black voters in some legislative districts, making the neighboring seats more white and apt to elect Republicans.  African-Americans challenging the state's Republican-drawn maps argue that black voters should have been somewhat dispersed to increase their influence in elections.  

Troy Highway Murder

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10:18am

Wed November 12, 2014
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Alabama's Freezing Forecast

Forecasters have issued a freeze warning for a large part of Alabama in advance of bitterly cold air expected to soon push into the state.  The National Weather Service said the coldest temperatures so far this season are expected to filter into the central part of the state Thursday night into early Friday morning.  Forecasters say that several hours of below-freezing temperatures are expected in several counties.  The freeze warning covers an area from Hamilton and Gadsden in north to Demopolis and Troy to the south.  It includes the Birmingham and Montgomery areas.

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6:32pm

Tue November 11, 2014
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Prison Report Released

The Equal Justice Initiative is releasing more findings of abuse, corruption and misconduct in a new report on Alabama prisons.  The report cites nearly a dozen instances of inmates being stripped and beaten by officers at Elmore Correctional Facility.  EJI Executive Director Bryan Stevenson says the Alabama Department of Corrections hasn't done enough to reform the system.  The Alabama Department of Corrections has not yet responded to this latest report.  

ASU Awards

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10:32am

Tue November 11, 2014
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Veterans Day Activities

Today is Veterans Day and parades, tributes and other events are planned across the River Region and across Alabama.  Governor Robert Bentley is scheduled to speak at a Veterans Day event in Tuscaloosa.  

In Montgomery at 11 a.m., a parade will be held downtown, followed by a concert of patriotic music at City Hall.  A Veterans Day program will be held at the Cleveland Avenue YMCA on Rosa Parks Avenue, it starts at 11 a.m. 

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5:56pm

Mon November 10, 2014
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Kwast Becomes Air University's New Commander

A change of command ceremony was held at Maxwell Air Force Base Monday as the facility welcomed a new Commander and President of Air University.  Lt. General Steven Kwast assumes command from the outgoing Lt. General David Fadok.  General Kwast has served as military aide to the Vice President.  General Fadok has plans to retire to Fairhope, Alabama.  

Roby Comments

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10:16am

Mon November 10, 2014
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Three People Charged in Fatal Shooting in Montgomery

Two Montgomery women and a Montgomery man remain behind bars today, all are charged with capital murder in connection with last Wednesday's fatal shooting of 26-year-old Xavier Moses.  According to Montgomery Police, 19-year-old Stephen Gordon, 20-year-old Quaniesha Carter and 26-year-old Tchernavia McWilliams are each charged with a single count of capital murder.  Police said the three suspects, who are being held without bond, allegedly conspired to rob and shoot the victim on Calmar Drive.  

New Commander

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6:32pm

Fri November 7, 2014
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Hubbard's Not Guilty Plea

After waiving a Thursday arraignment that would have been his first courtroom appearance, Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard has entered a not guilty plea in a court filing Friday.  He was indicted last month on 23 ethics charges accusing him of using his public office to obtain business for his companies and for other financial rewards.  His lawyer, Mark White, has asked for the December trial date to be delayed citing the complexity of the case.  White is also asking the attorney general's office to produce a wide range of material, including witness statements.

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10:16am

Fri November 7, 2014
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More Alabama Children Receiving Health Insurance

Alabama is leading the South in providing health insurance to children, so says a study by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute.  The study found that Alabama had nearly 11,000 fewer uninsured children in 2013 than in 2011.  The main sources of coverages are the All Kids program, Medicaid and private health insurance.  Alabama ranked 10th Best among the states.  The director of the Georgetown study said Alabama is the star of the south when it comes to providing health care to its children.  

Children Recovering

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