Motorists traveling through Alabama during the long Memorial Day weekend will see extra state troopers on the road. Alabama officials announced the extra troopers are the result of the state participating in the nationwide "Click It Or Ticket" campaign to increase the use of safety belts.
Montgomery's 25th Homicide
Montgomery Police say a 24-year-old man is the city's latest homicide victim. Officers say Courtney Lawery was found dead from a gunshot wound in the 1000 block of Early Street. Officers responded to the shooting call Thursday night around 7:45 p.m. Police said an initial investigation indicated the shooting stemmed from an ongoing altercation between the victim and the suspect. The shooter was identified, but the name was withheld.
Bond Issues Signed
Governor Robert Bentley has signed two bonds issues into law, along with a bill changing Alabama's campaign finance law. A Bentley spokesman said the governor signed a $30 million bond issue to repair six schools damaged by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012. He also approved a $50 million bond issue to purchase equipment for technology programs in public schools. The other new law signed by the governor removes the limit on how much corporations can give to political candidates in Alabama. Corporate contributions are now unlimited like individual contributions. All three bills passed on the Legislature's last meeting day.
Congressional Gold Medal
Four girls killed in an Alabama church bombing during the civil rights movement are receiving the highest honor Congress gives to civilians. President Barack Obama signed legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair. The girls were killed Sept. 15, 1963, when a bomb planted by white supremacists exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. September will mark the 50th anniversary of the bombing, which helped spur passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.