City Approved Ordinances

May 21, 2014

The Montgomery City Council approved ordinances at its Tuesday meeting that allows nightclubs to employ armed security guards.  The new city law goes into in 90 days.  The ordinance had been under debate since a fatal shooting last December at the now-closed Centennial Hill Bar and Grill on Highland Avenue. 

Council members also approved a city law to regulate the location of future title pawn and payday loan stores in Montgomery. 

A third issue was rejected by the full city council.  It involved a proposal by Councilman Tracy Larkin to move the Interpretive Center for the Montgomery to Selma Voting Rights Trail away from the Alabama State campus. 

Two ASU professors, Dr. Howard Robinson and Dr. Dorothy Autrey, said the school played a key role in the 1965 Voting Rights March and the civil rights movement. 

Safety Problems

Federal regulators are investigating complaints about safety problems at an automotive parts plant in Selma.  The Selma Times- Journal reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reviewing operations at seat maker Renosol.  The investigation is based partly on a list of employee complaints.  A public relations firm representing the workers says about three-quarters of the plant's 90 workers have respiratory problems associated with a chemical used in the manufacturing process. 

Moore Trial

A defense lawyer is urging a Lee County judge to dismiss perjury charged against Republican state Representative Barry Moore of Enterprise.  At a court hearing Tuesday in Opelika, attorney Bill Baxley said the indictment was vague and improperly constructed.  Baxley also questioned if Acting Attorney General Van Davis was legally appointed after Attorney General Luther Strange stepped aside from the case.  Deputy Attorney General Michael Duffy called the subpoena a defense fishing expedition.  Circuit Judge Jacob Walker did not indicate when he would issue a ruling. 

Two Vehicle Crash

State Troopers say a two-vehicle crash in Chilton claimed the life of a Jemison woman.  Troopers said 37-year-old Tommie Sue Robinson was killed Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision that occurred on Alabama 145, about eight miles northeast of Clanton.  The crash happened around 4 p.m.