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Thu July 17, 2014
WVAS Local

Montgomery Public Schools Survey

Alabama State University's Center for Leadership and Public Policy released a survey Thursday on the public perception of Montgomery Public Schools and Board of Education.  Among the findings, 28.6 percent of 518 respondents rated the school system good or excellent, nearly 32 percent rated it as bad.  Senior Demographer Myles Mayberry said 30 percent of the participants said Superintendent Margaret Allen was doing a good or excellent job and another 37 percent said they liked her ideas.  The survey also showed 2.3 percent said Allen was doing a poor job.  The survey was conducted from March 3rd through April 24th of this year. 

Palmer Wins

Gary Palmer handily defeated Paul DeMarco Tuesday night in the Republican runoff for U.S. House District 6.  Palmer won 64 percent of the vote to DeMarco's 36 percent.  He was in Montgomery Thursday for an event at the State Farmer's Market.  He told WVAS News that the margin of victory was the result of his positive message.  Palmer is the Chief Development Officer for the Alabama Policy Institute, which is a conservative think tank.  He will face Democrat Avery Vice in the General Election to decide who will replace the retiring Congressman Spencer Bachus. 

Hughes New Job

Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes is resigning his office to become the state's assistant director of homeland security.  Hughes said his last day as sheriff in Dothan will be Aug. 17th and he will start his new job in Montgomery on Aug. 18th. He will work alongside Spencer Collier, the secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. 

Sentencing Rescheduling

A judge has delayed sentencing for 10 people from four states who pleaded guilty in a federal dog fighting investigation.  The judge originally had scheduled sentencing for Aug. 12th in Montgomery.  He issued an order Thursday rescheduled it for Oct. 29-31st.