Traffic along U.S. 231 in Wetumpka could be congested at times today because large crowds are expected to flock to Alabama's largest casino. The Wind Creek Wetumpka officially opens today. The Poarch Creek Indians said the $246 million dollar casino features huge casino space, five restaurants and a 20 story hotel and a 16,000 gallon shark tank. The facility is larger than the tribe's casino in Atmore. It will employ around 1,100 people.
The state teacher's organization, a mining company and an Indian tribe that operates casinos are among the top campaign contributions in Alabama for next year's elections. Campaign finance records show the Alabama Education Association has donated $770,000 to candidates since June. AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry said the group is donating to Democrats and Republicans who support public education. The Birmingham -based Drummond Co.
Police in Auburn are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 20-year-old Opelika man. Officers were called to the scene early Sunday morning around 2:15 a .m., in response to a call about a multiple shooting at Jackie Lee's Karaoke Bar and Grill on South College Street. Officers found two men, a 22-year-old from Auburn and a 19-year-old Loachapoka resident, had sustained gunshot wounds in the parking lot. Both were taken to East Alabama Medical Center. The two males were treated and released. Auburn police said 20-year-old Marquez Patrick of Opelika died at the hospital fro
Alabama State University trustees will soon vote on the next president of the university. ASU trustees are scheduled to take up the matter at a meeting set for next Friday, December 20th. A notice from the Alabama Secretary of State indicates that the board will meet to vote on the next president. The three finalists for the job are; state Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery; Gwendolyn Boyd of John Hopkins University; and retired Brigadier General Samuel Nichols of Virginia.
The life and legacy of Nelson Mandela was celebrated Thursday in the Levi Watkins Learning Center at Alabama State University. The program, sponsored by the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture, allowed community members to come together and honor the global civil rights icon. Guests were invited to sign a book in honor of the leader that will be delivered to the South African government.
State Department of Education officials say they've open to allowing city school districts to charge students transportation fees. The department's Chief of Staff, Craig Pouncy says unlike county school districts, city districts are not required to provide transportation for students. Officials says although they're open to considering school transportation fees, they have concerns over how the costs could potentially impact families of low-income students.
The Montgomery County School Board has approved a process for choosing a permanent school superintendent. At last night's meeting, board members voted unanimously to end the search for a new school chief by mid-January. At least two members of the school board, Eleanor Dawkins and Melissa Snowden have said that interim Superintendent Margaret Allen is the ideal person to lead the Montgomery Public School system. The school board will meet again on January 14th.
President Obama remembered the late Nelson Mandela as the great liberator of the 20th century. Mandela was honored at a memorial service in Soweto, South Africa. Thursday, Alabama State University will hold a city-wide memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the Levi Watkins Learning Center. The service will start at noon.
Governor Robert Bentley says the state will be submit its proposal for a new Boeing aircraft manufacturing plant Monday. Huntsville is one of several locations being considered for a new assembly plant. Governor Bentley says the presence of Airbus in the state shouldn't be a hindrance to landing the facility. It's being reported Boeing could choose to build two facilities, one for fuselage and final assembly and one for wing assembly.