Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery County Commission Chairman Todd Strange garnered 53 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election securing a win in the special election to name Montgomery's next mayor.

During his acceptance speech, Strange said he would, "rule this city with a benevolent policy, one that will be inclusive and one that will unify all of the city".

Political newcomer, Michael Briddell, earned 33 percent of the ballots cast by voters.

Geneva, Alabama – It's being called worst crime spree in Alabama's immediate history; 28 year old Michael Kenneth McLendon killed ten people in South Alabama during a one hour shooting spree covering two communities. Alabama Department of Public Safety Colonel J. Christopher Murphy says McLendon allegedly began by killing his 52 year old mother, Lisa White McLendon, leaving her body in a burning home.

Montgomery, Alabama – By the end of the day, Montgomery could have a new mayor elect.

Voters are heading to the polls today making a selection for mayor from six candidates: Michael Briddell, Willie Cook, Jon Dow, Jay King, Scott Simmons and Todd Strange.

The special election is being held to fill the seat left vacant when Bobby Bright resigned to become Alabama's U.S. Representative in the Second Congressional District.

Charles Jinright, a city council member, has served as interim mayor.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery resident Sean Travis Howard must serve life in prison for the murder of a 3 year old boy two years ago.

The 23 year old Howard was convicted last month of reckless murder after being convicted of shooting the little boy who played in his yard in a South Montgomery neighborhood.

Prosecutors argued Howard was shooting at someone else when a stray bullet struck and killed little Sequoyah Jackson.

Selma, Alabama – Events are underway in Selma commemorating the historic voting rights Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.

It's called Bloody Sunday because marchers were beaten and attacked by Alabama State Troopers wielding dogs and tear gas as the marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7,1965.

The Reverend Jermiah Wright, the former minister of President Barack Obama, was guest speaker at the meeting held last night at Tabernacle Baptist Church, the site of the first mass meeting in Selma in 1963.

Montgomery, Alabama – The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is scheduled to speak at an event tonight kicking off an annual event in Selma commemorating Bloody Sunday.

Wright will speak at Tabernacle Baptist Church beginning at 5:30 p.m. You may recall that Wright,the former minister for President Barack Obama, grabbed national headlines during the Presidential election.

U.S. Attorney General Eric holder is scheduled to speak Sunday at two locations during the annual bridge Crossing Jubilee.

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley's administration has launched a state Web site that details state spending, including contracts, leases and bids that have been awarded.
Riley says the Web site ( is another step in bringing greater transparency to government spending.
The site includes thousands of expenditures. The spending is not yet searchable by topic, but Riley says that feature will be added by Sept. 1.
The Web site also provides links to other sites that provide

Huntsville, Alabama –
(AP) - State Rep. Laura Hall has scored an easy
victory in the Democratic primary to choose a new District 7 state
senator, while attorney Sam Givhan led on the Republican side but
was headed for a runoff.
Hall took about 80 percent of the vote against Alabama A&M
graduate student Anthony Daniels, the other Democratic candidate.
There were six Republican candidates in the contest to succeed
Democrat Parker Griffith of Huntsville, who won a congressional
seat last November.

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Tuesday, the ninth meeting day of the regular
-Debated, but did not vote on a bill to place stiffer penalties
on truck drivers and companies that don't properly tie down steel
coils on the back of trucks.
-Passed a bill to require DNA testing of all suspects arrested
on felony charges. Goes to Senate.
-Approved a bill that allows gourmet beers with higher alcohol
contents to be sold in Alabama. Goes to Senate.