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The Dale County school bus driver slain at the beginning of a nearly week long hostage drama was remembered Sunday for his acts of kindness, especially for trying to protect the children on his school bus last Tuesday. A funeral for Charles Poland Jr. was held on Sunday in Ozark. The hostage ordeal is now in its seventh day. The FBI said authorities continue to communicate with Dykes.
The city of Montgomery today is observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks with a public art project at 51 Dexter Avenue. A 96-foot by 40-foot wall is covered in chalkboard paint and has space for people to complete the sentence "Before I die I want to. Also, Troy University Montgomery will celebrate Rosa Parks 100th birthday today with an evening of art, poetry and the unveiling of a commemorative Rosa Parks stamp. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. in the Gold Room is Whitely Hall at Troy's downtown campus.
When the Alabama Legislature begins work on a new budget this week, state agencies could end up with less money for operations despite a voter-approved shift of $437 million dollars over three years from a state savings account to the General Fund. Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr says it will be difficult to craft the new budget that will take effect October 1st. Legislative leaders say state agencies are being asked to prepare operating plans with reductions of five percent to ten percent.