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The Alabama State University family is mourning the death of one of its students, 18-year-old Jerrett Mumford. In an official statement the university offers its prayers and condolences to the family of Mumford.  Officials say Mumford was killed on Sunday in a car accident in Georgia.  ASU President, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd says “we extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.  A student-led memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Card Residence Hall, where Mumford resided on campus.  

Montgomery Police Investigate Weekend Homicide

Sep 26, 2016

   Montgomery Police have begun a homicide investigation into the death of a 19 year old male.  A department release states that around 11pm Saturday police and fire medics were called to the 600 block of Clinton Street on a report of a subject shot. The victim, Zhivago Hines of Montgomery, was located and taken to a local hospital where he later died. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still being determined. Police say no arrests have been made.

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford held a press conference Friday urging the citizens of Macon County to stand-up for their voting rights in wake of a possible shut-down.  Ford's press conference was held in response to the governor and state attorney general asking law enforcement officials to shut down the newly reopened electronic gambling operations including VictoryLand.  VictoryLand reopened on Sept. 13th.  The casino had been shut since 2013 when the state seized the casino's gambling machines.  

   Letters have been sent to the sheriffs and district attorneys of Macon and Lowndes counties by Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange asking them to shut down illegal gambling operations.     Electronic bingo casinos have recently reopened in those counties, including the Victoryland gaming center. In the letters, Strange and Bentley write that electronic bingo is "clearly disallowed" by state law. They asked to hear the enforcement plans of local law enforcement by Sept. 30. Victoryland reopened on September 13 to overflowing crowds.

Medicaid Restores Payments to Doctors

Sep 23, 2016

   Doctors who take Medicaid patients in Alabama got some good news yesterday when Governor Robert Bentley announced that enhanced payments would be returning. The Medicaid Agency payments to doctors had been reduced because of an 85 million dollar shortfall in the agency’s budget for the new fiscal year. Thanks to a special session in which legislators passed a bill to provide additional funding to Medicaid, the primary care bump has been restored. The money comes from a bond issue supported by oil spill settlement funds.

The "State of the University" address was presented Thursday by Alabama State University President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd.  Students, faculty, staff and community members packed the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.  During her presentation, Dr. Boyd addressed negative rumors; she also highlighted achievements by a number of students, student athletes and professors.  

Temporary Bypass on Leaking Pipeline Complete

Sep 21, 2016

Gasoline should begin flowing again today — through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline — after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown. The rupture led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South. That's according to an official with Colonial Pipeline. Company spokesman Steve Baker tells The Associated Press that the roughly 500-foot section of pipe serving as the bypass is now complete, but that supply disruptions may continue for days.

Members of the Montgomery County Board of Education met Tuesday to make a decision about approving a contract for the interim chief school financial officer.  Recently, MPS Chief Financial Officer Pamela Wooden was terminated by the board allegedly due to errors that led to delayed paychecks for employees.  Board Chairman Melissa Snowden says Tuesday's meeting went smoothly.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on September 27th.  

Creepy Clown Epidemic Comes to Montgomery

Sep 20, 2016

   Posts on social media by individuals dressed as sinister-looking clowns are being taken seriously by Montgomery authorities. Police say the statements on Facebook make physical threats against school children. Montgomery Police Chief Earnest Findley says the posts may be pranks, but it is no laughing matter. The trend of clown sightings or creepy clown social media posts has been sweeping the southeast. Troy police just took two teenagers in for questioning about a clown video. Mobile authorities are investigating threats from last week. 

A pipeline rupture in Alabama is being blamed for gas shortages across the South. Authorities say the shortage stems from the Colonial Pipeline Company closing a portion of the pipeline earlier this month.  Officials say nearly -250-thousand gallons of fuel spilled in rural Alabama.  Triple A Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram says the uptick in gasoline prices is only temporary.  Officials say the cause of the leak is being investigated.