Mandela Memorial

Dec 10, 2013

President Obama remembered the late Nelson Mandela as the great liberator of the 20th century.  Mandela was honored at a memorial service in Soweto, South Africa.  Thursday, Alabama State University will hold a city-wide memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the Levi Watkins Learning Center.  The service will start at noon. 

Proposals Submitted

Contenders for a ne Boeing aircraft manufacturing plant must submit their proposals today.  Governor Robert Bentley says Alabama's presentation will be submitted.  Huntsville is among locations in multiple states where Boeing could build a new assembly plant for its 777 X airliner. 

New Historical Markers

New historical markers are going up in Montgomery to document the city's leading role in the slave trade before the Civil War.  The markers were dedicated by the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative.  The organization says it want to address the problems created by slavery's legacy. 

State Lottery

The Democratic leader in the Alabama House is calling for the Legislature to use its election-year session to approve a state lottery.  House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says a lottery could create as much as $250 million dollars annually for schools.  He says many Alabamians are playing lotteries in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee and he wants to keep their money at home.  House Majority Leader Micky Hammon of Decatur says the lottery issue has lost time after time.