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The nation's veterans will be honored and remembered for their sacrifices. Several Alabama cities, including Montgomery and Prattville, are planning parades, memorial services and other events for Veterans Day weekend.
On Monday, the city of Montgomery will host the 3rd Annual Veterans Day program and concert on the steps of the State Capitol at 10 a.m. In Prattville, city officials will join the American Legion Post 122 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1349 for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Autauga County Courthouse at 11 a.m. Monday.
Tributes are pouring in from across the nation for Retired Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Carter, who died Wednesday at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. Colonel Carter was 95-years-old. He was one of the original 33 Tuskegee Airmen. Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford said Carter was a local and national hero. Ford ordered flags in Tuskegee to be flown at half-staff as a tribute to Colonel Carter.
Jacoby Esco is now behind bars today. A Montgomery police spokeswoman said the burglary suspect turned himself in Thursday evening. Police issued a public safety alert about Esco Thursday afternoon. Escos is charged with one count of first-degree burglary and one count of third-degree burglary. He is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a $90,000 dollar bond.
A budget recommendation of 4.1 billion dollars for K-12 schools was approved Thursday by the Alabama Board of Education. In presenting the budget recommendation to the board, Deputy Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey says some pre-recession cuts can be restored. Nearly 1,400 teaching positions were eliminated during the recession. Next year's overall state education budget is expected to increase by almost $408 million dollars to 5 .9 billion dollars. The board is not recommending a specific cost-of-living increase. The board is leaving that decision to the governor andlegislature.