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A work session of the State Board of Education Thursday focused on school safety. In the wake of last month's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, Alabama school officials are reviewing plans for various emergency scenarios, including an active shooter situation. State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice cautioned the board that no plan is foolproof. Bice says an assessment of safety plans at all schools in the state is underway and recommendations are forthcoming, however he contends Alabama has some of the most comprehensive security measures in the country for its schools.
Montgomery police say two teens suspected in a home invasion robbery at a residence on Glade Park Drive have been arrested in the death of their 20-year-old accomplice who was fatally shot during the incident. 19-year-old Keyon Butler and 17-year-old Orlando Bowen were arrested Wednesday, and have been charged with robbery and murder in the death of 20-year-old Deandre Robertson. Police say the three were involved in a January 13th home invasion robbery and a homeowner shot Robertson in self-defense. Butler and Bowen are being held on bonds totaling $135,000 dollars each.
Federal prosecutors say nine people from Montgomery and Elmore counties have been arrested in a drug bust for their involvement in a crack cocaine distribution ring. Authorities said five people were already in custody for their involvement in the drug trafficking ring when the other nine were arrested Thursday. A 57-count indictment charges them with intent to distribute over 280 grams of crack cocaine. Authorities say eight of the suspects have also been charged with distributing powder cocaine. Officials say if convicted, the suspects each face up to 10 years in prison.
The U.S. Education Department says students with disablilities must be given a fair shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues. Officials plan to issue a directive to the nation's schools. Department officials say students with disabilities should be able to join traditional teams if "reasonable modifications" can be made to accommodate them. There's no deadline for schools to comply.
ASU President Search
A 15- member committee has been formed to select a new president for Alabama State University. The ASU Trustee Board met Thursday afternoon at the Acadome and voted unanimously to approve the search committee. Governor Robert Bentley said the panel does not have a timetable to find a new president.