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Impeachment Proposal in the Legislature

Apr 6, 2016

Embattled Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley faces a call for his impeachment two weeks after admitting sexually charged remarks to a female aide.  Republican Rep. Ed Henry introduced the articles of impeachment Tuesday in the Alabama Legislature.  The impeachment effort is considered a longshot endeavor.  House Rules Committee Chairman Mac McCutcheon says the committee will vet the proposal to see whether there are grounds for impeachment.  McCutcheon says he doubted the process would be complete before the legislative session ends next month.

State Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto

Apr 6, 2016

State lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Robert Bentley's veto on the General Fund budget.  Senators voted 22-10 and the House of Representatives voted 71-24 Tuesday to override Bentley and enact the spending plan against his wishes.  The governor had said the budget does not give adequate funding to the state's Medicaid program, claiming the Medicaid would have to cut services to "vulnerable" citizens and reduce reimbursement rates to doctors.

Legislative Session Returns Tuesday

Apr 4, 2016

Legislators will hit the ground running as they return from spring break Tuesday.  On their plate, legislation to give teachers a pay raise, lottery bills, Governor Robert Bentley's $800 million prison construction project, proposed changes to teacher tenure and evaluations and payday loan regulations.  Not to mention Governor Bentley has said he will veto a general fund budget that he says does not provide adequate funding for Medicaid.  Lawmakers have said they intend to override the veto.

Weekend Traffic Fatalities

Apr 4, 2016

Two fatal accidents happened in Central Alabama over the weekend.  The first occurred Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 80 near the 185 mile marker.  State Troopers report that 18-year-old Rameshe Gabrielle Weaver of Phenix City was killed when the car she was driving collided with a tractor-trailer rig.  The driver of the truck was injured and taken to a local hospital.  On Saturday a single-vehicle wreck claimed the life of a Fort Payne man.  Authorities say an SUV overturned on I-65 North about one mile north of Prattville.

VictoryLand Owner Says Casino Will Reopen

Apr 4, 2016

VictoryLand officials met Monday on the grounds of the gaming complex in Macon County to announce, that doors would reopen as soon as early summer.  Last Thursday, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that it was legal for the state to seize electronic bingo machines and cash in 2013.  Milton McGregor, owner of VictoryLand says, the recent Supreme Court opinion is not the end of the gaming facility.  McGregor said he expects many of the games offered at the casino to be identical to what is played at other nearby Indian casinos.

VictoryLand Casino Ruling

Apr 1, 2016

Justices on the Alabama Supreme Court provided an emphatic opinion on electronic bingo yesterday.  The Court ruled against VictoryLand casino saying electronic gambling machines seized there in 2013 are illegal.  The Justices wrote that the electronic bingo machines, which resemble slot machines, are not what was intended by state laws allowing card and paper type bingo games.  The Court went on to state that they hoped this was the final decision in the state's protracted legal war over gambling devices.

Governor Visits Tutwiler Prison

Apr 1, 2016

Governor Robert Bentley paid a visit to Tutweiler prison in Wetumpka Thursday.  Bentley says he toured the facility two years ago and wanted to check on its progress.  The governor is pushing lawmakers to approve an $800 million bond issue that would be used to build three new men's prisons and one women's facility.  During the tour, Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn told Governor Bentley that mental health is one of the primary issues that prisons like Tutweiler have to address.

Montgomery Regional Airport Committee

Apr 1, 2016

The Montgomery Regional Airport has experienced substantial growth in the last two years.  However, city officials say they still battle misconceptions about the airport.  To remedy that, an Ad Hoc Airport Authority Committee of the Montgomery City Council has embarked on a campaign to change those perceptions.  Chip Gentry is the Vice President of air service development for the airport.  Gentry says the committee is also focused on keeping the 187th Fighter Wing in Montgomery and have plans to secure additional property for a second runway.  

Montgomery Teen Charged in Homicide

Apr 1, 2016

An arrest has been made in the Monday homicide of a 16-year-old Montgomery youth.  Police report that 19-year-old Floyd Burnett of Montgomery has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the shooting death of Kourtney Richardson.  Richardson was found with a gunshot wound in the 1900 block of Gibbs Drive Monday afternoon.  Detectives say it appears the shooting was triggered by a verbal altercation.  Burnett turned himself in to police yesterday and was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility where he is being held on a $150,000 bond.  

Fatal CSX Train Accident

Apr 1, 2016

Authorities have released more details on a fatal crash between a car and train last night.  State Troopers report that the car collided with a CSX train at the railroad crossing on Wares Ferry Road near McLemore Road at around 6:30.  The driver of the car, 62-year-old Annie Tarver, was killed.  An investigation into the crash continues.  

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