Weather forecasters in Alabama say another blast of bone-chilling air is expected to move into the state later today, bringing temperatures as low as 10 degrees to parts of northern Alabama and high winds across most of the state. By early Friday morning, low temperatures are expected to drop to around 10 degrees across northern counties. Temperatures early Wednesday morning in Montgomery are expected to dip to 20 degrees. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for most of the state, including central counties.
The Martin Luther King Junior Holiday was filled with tributes and services to honor the late civil rights leader. A birthday celebration was held at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church in Montgomery. Citizens spoke about poverty, violence, health care and voting rights. Dr. King was born January 15, 1929 and the federal holiday is the third Monday in January.
A fatal shooting Sunday night in a north Montgomery neighborhood remains under investigation. Montgomery police are conducting a death investigation and said a suspect was detained but no charges have been filed. Police said a male in his late 30s was shot to death at a residence on West Vandiver Boulevard, that's located near the Montgomery Zoo. Authorities are withholding the victim's name.
Governor Robert Bentley and Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas have said they are working to improve conditions at Julie Tutwiler Prison after a federal investigation found evidence of inmates being sexually abused by staff and fellow prisoners. The Justice Department has declared conditions at the female-only prison in Wetumpka to be unconstitutional. DOJ also said it will expand the probe at look at medical care and mental health care for inmates. The prison commissioner has called the findings off-base.