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Organizers are calling today "National Voting Rights Day." Its an effort to highlight the importance of the law. Activities will be held in Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville and other cities across the nation. State Senator Hank Sanders of Selma said efforts to stymie voter participation began soon after the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision in the voting rights law. It was on this day 48 years ago when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.
National Night Out
Dozens of Alabama cities and towns will participate in National Night Out events this evening. National Night Out is an annual initiative designed to heighten awareness of anti-crime programs. Dozens of neighborhoods in Montgomery, Prattville and Pike Road will participate. WVAS will join the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department at the Pike Road Town Hall. Sheriff's Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham said the Montgomery County event will start at 6 p.m. The Prattville event begins at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Target store.
Teen Murder Suspect
Authorities in Tallapoosa County say a Notaulga man has been charged with murder. Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said 19-year-old Zachary Hatchett is accused in the stabbing death of 20-year-old Daryl Woodall. Authorities said the victim died early Sunday morning in a Montgomery hospital. The Sheriff said the stabbing occurred at a residence on Hayes Mill Road in Notasulga Saturday night. Hatchett was placed in the Tallapoosa County Jail pending a bond hearing.
Purple Heart City
The city of Prattville will celebrate a special designation today. Prattville has been named a Purple Heart City. The military medal is awarded to personnel wounded in the line of duty. Also, Mayor Bill Gillespie will designate Wednesday, August 7th as National Purple Heart Day in the city. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Prattville City Hall.