The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a plan that will allow the Loveless Academic Magnet Program and the Montgomery Technical Education Center to move to the former Montgomery Mall over the next two years. LAMP will occupy the old Parisian's building and MTEC will call the former JC Penny's site home. The Central Office Operations Complex is also moving to the location. The 20-acre site will include physical education facilities , a baseball field, green spaces and parking.
Jim Bennett was sworn in as Alabama's new Secretary of State Wednesday. It marks the fourth time he's been through the ceremony. This time he's taking over for Beth Chapman, who's leaving to take a job with the Alabama Farmer's Federation. Bennett says he has no plans to run for the office in 2014.
Possible Smoking Ban
The president of Alabama State University says he's looking to implement a temporary smoking ban. University President William Harris says that he's going to use executive authority to temporarily ban the uses of all tobacco products on campus. He says science has proven" that smoking causes grave difficulties to health," and university officials want students and staff to be as healthy as possible.