Tax Credit Fight

May 30, 2014

The two sides involved in a legal squabble over a controversial state law that allows school tax credits are gearing up for the appeals process.  On Wednesday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional.  Attorneys representing state officials and two families that use the law filed a request Thursday for the judge to put the ruling on hold while they appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.  Democratic state Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery said the judge made the proper ruling.  Senator Ross said he's cautiously optimistic that a higher court will uphold the ruling. 

SWAC Commissioner's Cup

Alabama State University is the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Best Athletic program for 2013-2014.  It's the first time the Hornets have won the SWAC Commissioner's Cup award.  The trophy was presented to university president, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd.  ASU won a second straight Women's All-Sports trophy and its first Men's All-Sports trophy. 

New Leadership

Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex have a new commander.  The 42nd Air Base Wing Commander, Colonel Trent Edwards passed command to Colonel Andrea Tullos.  Edwards has been reassigned to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. 

New Equipment

The Autauga County Sheriff's Office has a new tool, it's a 20 foot boat equipped with blue lights, spotlights, a siren and sophisticated depth finder and sonar.  Sheriff's Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger said the boat was delivered Thursday and was paid for by a grant from the federal Homeland Security Department.  Sedinger said the 20 foot vessel will be used to patrol the Alabama River and for water rescue and recovery operations.