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Results are in for runoff election

6 hours ago

   Looking at local races in yesterday's runoff election. There were four seats up for grabs in the Democratic Runoff for the Montgomery County Board of Education. In the most significant defeat incumbent Robert Porterfield, the chairman of the board, was ousted by challenger Claudia Mitchell in District 6. Over in District 5, Rhonda Oates came away with the victory. She will go on to combat Republican nominee Janna Bailey in November. In the closest of margins Marcus Vandiver took District One. He now looks to face incumbent Lisa Keith. District 2 went to Claire Weil.

   Alabama State University has lost one of its legends. Dr. Vivian DeShields passed away over the weekend. An obituary states

 that the veteran educator died yesterday. ASU President Dr. Quinton Ross released a statement grieving her loss. He wrote that she taught generations of Hornets in the College of Education. She was also an alumna of the University. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Altercation leads to the death of two women

Jul 12, 2018
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   Police have released the names of the two women shot to death in Montgomery Tuesday night. The incident happened at around 7:45pm in the 47-hundred block of Narrow Lane Road. Investigators say several people were at the scene when shots were fired. It’s now being reported that 41 year old Cynthia Hand and 29 year old Erica Allen received fatal gunshot wounds.

Murder on July Fourth in Montgomery

Jul 6, 2018
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   Police have made an arrest in the shooting death of a Montgomery woman from Wednesday. According to a department release, 24 year old Octavius Hampton has been charged with murder in the case. He is said to have shot his girlfriend, 20 year old Charlayne Washington in the 3-thousand block of Southmall Circle Wednesday afternoon. She was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Hampton has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond. 

Investigators say the shooting sprang from a dispute between the two.

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   Alabama just landed its highest rank ever in the Kids Count Data Book - which measures child well-being across the country – however it still lags behind most states. Alabama came in at number 42 in the annual report. The data book uses 16 indicators to come up with its rankings. One area of strength for the state is the number of teenagers in the country who abused alcohol or drugs. Alabama had the fewest of any other state at 4 percent. The state also ranked second nationally with only 2 percent of all children lacking access to health insurance.

Mighty Marching Hornets raising money for trip

Jun 21, 2018
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   A major fundraiser is taking place at Alabama State University. ASU’s Mighty Marching Hornets Band will be performing in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Funds are needed for that endeavor, so boosters of the band are asking alumni, supporters and members of the public to make contributio

  Governor Kay Ivey is warning that Alabama’s auto industry could be harmed if tariffs are imposed on U-S goods around the world. In a departure from President Donald Trump on the issue of trade, Ivey says import tariffs like those supported by the president would hurt the state. She asserts that import duties could cause retaliatory tariffs that would increase the cost of items made in Alabama and sold in other countries.

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   The latest endeavor by the Equal Justice Initiative opened to the public Wednesday. A new café and book store is now operating next to the EJI’s Legacy Museum on Coosa Street in downtown Montgomery. Starbucks is a component of the café along with baked goods from Little Red Cupcake. The bookstore contains books on racial history and social justice. Kiara Boone with EJI says the hope is that people will return from the Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Museum and gather in the bookstore and café. The Café is open daily from 7:30am to 6pm.

Moderate drought conditions over in Central Alabama

Jun 8, 2018

   According to the latest U-S Drought Monitor, the moderate drought conditions that had existed in Central Alabama have come to an end. Rainfall totals during the past two weeks reached three to five inches across that part of the state with higher amounts in localized areas. The rain significantly improved the dry conditions that had been present. The report also indicates that soil moisture values are running near normal for Central Alabama, though periodic rainfall will be needed to maintain near or above normal levels.

   State Schools Superintendent Eric Mackey weighed in yesterday on the accreditation report given to Montgomery Public Schools earlier this week. Mackey labeled the review by accrediting agency AdvancED as “one of the worst he’s ever seen.” 

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