The Salvation Army officially kicked off its annual Kettle Campaign Wednesday from the steps of the state capitol. The Salvation Army's Captain Mark Gillum says money placed into the kettles goes to the organization's feeding and shelter program. The kettles and their bell ringers can be seen at retail outlets throughout the region.
Forecasters say powerful wind gusts and cold temperatures are expected across much of Alabama today. A wind advisory is in effect for central Alabama through 5 p.m. Forecasters say the winds will make it feel all the colder since high temperatures are predicted to reach only the 30s. Parts of north Alabama received snow flurries overnight, and schools are closed in Hoover and Blount County because of the possibility of snow.
The Montgomery Police Department has made an arrest in the early morning shooting death of 19-year-old Roy Buskey of Montgomery. Police charged 27-year-old Enrico Cornley of Montgomery with one count of capital murder. Cornley was taken into custody Tuesday morning and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond. The circumstances surrounding the shooting were initially unknown, but further investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed from a dispute over a cell phone. Buskey's death is Montgomery's 45th homicide of 2013.
Sheriff's Investigators in Pike County have turned to the public for assistance in solving Saturday night's robbery-slaying of a convenience store clerk. 51-year-old Mike Mills of Troy was gunned down at the Hill Mart store in the town of Spring Hill. Investigators believe the fatal shooting occurred between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. No arrests have been made. A $2,500 dollar reward is being offered for information that leads to a arrest and conviction. The governor's office is also expected to add to the reward.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation the coast of a classic Thanksgiving meal this year is just over $49 dollars. That's a decrease of nearly 44 cents from last year which Federation economist John Anderson says is almost completely attributable to the price of the turkey. Anderson says stable energy prices and a year without drought has helped hold prices in check.
Sheriff's Department officials in Pike County have been searching for the suspect who fatally shot a gas station clerk during an armed robbery in the town of Spring Hill. According to Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas, Deputies responded to the Hill Mart Gas Station on Highway 167 Saturday night just after 8 p.m.
Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the burning of Flip's Uptown Grill on the Atlanta Highway last month. Investigators say the three males, two 16 and one 17, have each been charged with arson and burglary. The juveniles are believed to have set the fire to cover up the burglary. They've all been placed in the Montgomery County Youth Detention Facility. The restaurant was just weeks away from celebrating its 20th anniversary at that location when the fire occurred. The owner tells the Montgomery Advertiser he does plan to reopen.
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy's life was cut short by an assassin's bullet, Alabama State University will mark the day with a solemn ceremony at the ASU Library off North University Drive. Today's citywide commemoration will feature remarks by Boston native, Father Thomas McQuillen, pastor of St. Jude Church.
Alabama's parole board has approved of granting posthumous pardons in the "Scottsboro Boys" rape case. The board made the decision Thursday for three black men whose convictions were never overturned in the 1930's case. Nine black males were wrongly accused of raping two white women in northeast Alabama in 1931. The men were convicted and all but the youngest were sentenced to death. Five of the cases were overturned in 1937, and one received a pardon before his death in 1976.
Boeing is considering Huntsville, Alabama for a new aircraft assembly plant. Governor Robert Bentley met with Boeing executives Tuesday as the company looks for a location to build the 777x. The state is already home to aircraft manufacturer Airbus's first U.S. based production facility in Mobile. Even though Airbus is a Boeing competitor, Governor Bentley believes there's room for both in the state. Other states are also in contention for the assembly plant. An announcement could come by early next year.