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Montgomery Police are investigating the city's 35th murder of the year. Emergency personnel were called to the 3400 block of Crescent Road at about 10:30 Sunday night where they found 19-year-old Dontavious McCall with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South and later pronounced dead. No word on the circumstances surrounding the shooting and no arrests at this time. Police ask anyone with information on this homicide to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, the Secret Witness Line at 262-4000 or the Montgomery Police Department at 625-2831.
Alabama residents who receive help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see cuts in the coming months. An increase under the stimulus package passed by Congress in 2009 will expire November 1st, cutting federal funding to Alabama by $98 million dollars in 2014. Kimble Forrister, State Coordinator of Alabama Arise, predicts this decrease in federal funding will severely hurt families who depend on the program. Alabama has over 420,000 households who currently receive SNAP benefits.
A piece of Montgomery's history is being removed from the landscape. Demolition of the old State House Inn on Madison Avenue began Monday by the Virginia Wrecking Company. Montgomery Development officials hope the building will eventually be replaced by a hotel or retail establishment that will complement improvements being made at nearby facilities. Demolition is expected to be complete within 150 days.
The chairman of the Alabama Minority GOP is running for the state Public Service Commission against Republican incumbent Terry Dunn. Phillip Brown of Birmingham announced his candidacy in Mobile. Brown said he would be a strong conservative voice for the rate payer, not someone who speaks for environmental interests or special interests. Brown leads a statewide organization for racial minorities involved in the Alabama Republican Party. Former Greene County Commissioner Chris "Chip" Beeker is also seeking the seat in addition to Dunn and Brown.