4:31pm

Tue August 6, 2013
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Montgomery Police say a bicycle rider was killed in a collision with a sport utility vehicle Monday night.  Police said 42-year-old Timothy Odom was taken to Baptist Medical Center South where he later died.  The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Mobile Road.  Police said the driver of the SUV was not injured.  It's the 11th traffic fatality in Montgomery this year. 

Successful Weekend

By almost all accounts, Alabama conducted another successful sales tax-free weekend.  This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday the state sales tax was removed from back-to-school items to allow parents to stock up for the coming school year.  Nancy Dennis with the Alabama Retail Association says early word from merchants is positive.  Dennis said top sellers included clothing, computers and books.  The 8th annual event also had record participation from cities and counties in the state subtracting local sales taxes from back-to-school merchandise. 

More Schools

So far, 36 private schools have signed up to participate in Alabama's new private school tax credit program with less than two weeks to go before most schools start classes.  The state Revenue Department said the 36 schools range statewide.  Alabama's new Accountability Act provides state tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to participating private schools.  The Revenue Department has a public hearing Thursday in Montgomery on its proposed rules for implementing the Accountability Act. 

National Voting Rights Day

Supporters of the federal Voting Rights Act held events in Alabama highlighting the importance of the law.  Organizers celebrated "National Voting Rights Day" with activities in Selma, Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham and other cities.