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Two Prisons on Lockdown After Inmates Refuse to Work

21 hours ago

Alabama Department of Corrections officials say two prisons are on lockdown after inmates began refusing assigned jobs.  A statement from the department says inmates at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore and the Elmore Correctional Facility first refused to help staff prepare breakfast on Sunday.  It says the inmates also didn't report to assigned jobs on Monday.  The inmates reportedly haven't made any demands.  The department says both facilities are secure.  

Two Bodies Found Near Talladega Superspeedway

21 hours ago

The bodies of two men have been found on the campgrounds of Talladega Superspeedway.  Talladega County Coroner Shaddix Murphy says the bodies of 19-year-old Joshua Doiun and 48-year-old James Cook were found Sunday in a camper.  He says both bodies have been sent to the state forensics lab to determine the cause of death.  Foul play is not suspected.  

Bentley's No Show at Hearing

21 hours ago

As Governor Robert Bentley had indicated, he did not attend a hearing in the office of Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler yesterday.  Zeigler had issued a summons for the governor to appear before him and answer questions regarding his relationship with a former political aide.  The auditor has cited a state law that gives him the power to compel testimony under oath.  It has not been used by any previous auditor.  With Governor Bentley a no-show, Zeigler says he will proceed to the next step.  WVAS News talked with historian Richard Bailey about the case.

Small Business Week in Montgomery

May 2, 2016

Tools to aid small business owners are the focus of Small Business Week in Montgomery.  All this week activities are taking place designed to help local business owners increase and serve their customers.  Start-up small business owner Boyd Stephens will conduct several  of the workshops.  This year's theme is "Dream Big, Start Small."  For more information on Small Business Week activities in the region contact the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.  

Lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the final two days of the 2016 legislative session.  Legislators have a number of high-profile bills left to consider before sine die, but may noteworthy bills have already met the chopping block.  Though Gov. Robert Bentley in March said he though Alabama voters would overwhelmingly approve a state lottery if given the chance, a variety of lottery and gambling legislation failed to gain traction during the 2016 session. A proposal to raise the state's gasoline tax to pay for road and bridge construction failed to make it out of the House.

MPD Arrests Six for Contraband

May 2, 2016

The Montgomery Police Department announced six arrests on federal charges related to the attempted delivery of contraband in to the Montgomery City Jail.  The indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by the United States Marshals Service.  U.S. Marshal Danta Gordon says cell phones have become popular in jails.  This case was investigated by the United Sates Marshals Service and the Montgomery Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney's Curtis Ivy and Rand Neely are prosecuting the case.  

Voting on State Official Cake

Apr 29, 2016

Alabama has an official state bird, nut, fruit and even crustacean.  The state might soon have an official state cake, a lane cake.  The House of Representatives voted Thursday night to name lane cake as the official state cake.  The bill now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature.  The layered confection made with pecans, flaked coconut and sometimes a splash of bourbon is said to have been invented by a woman from Clayton.  Sen. Beasley of Clayton has been on a multi-year quest to add the dessert to the long list of state emblems.

Montgomery Homicide Investigation

Apr 29, 2016

A shooting death from Wednesday in Montgomery is now being handled as a homicide.  Police say 24-year-old Jordan Wilson of Montgomery was found with a gunshot wound in the 3200 block of Virginia Pines Lane at around 10:30 Wednesday night.  He was taken to a local hospital where he died the next day.  The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation, and no arrests have been made.  Police ask that anyone with information on this murder to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, the Secret Witness line at 262-4000, or the Montgomery Police Department at 625-2831.  

Debate Continues on Prison Construction Proposal

Apr 29, 2016

The House of Representatives is in lengthy debate on Gov. Robert Bentley's $800 million prison construction proposal.  Lawmakers discussed the legislation for more than four hours Thursday.  Some lawmakers said the building project would solve safety and financial problems in the state prisons, while opposed lawmakers suggested it might compound them.  Bentley is seeking to borrow $800 to build three new mega prisons for men, that will house up to 4,000 inmates each and one new prison for women.  Most existing prisons would be closed.  Rep.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says a judicial ethics panel should dismiss complaints against him that were filed against him as he fought to keep gays and lesbians from marrying in the state.  Moore in January told probate judges that a state court order remained in effect telling judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.