Still no names released in the fatal shootings at UPS warehouse in Birmingham. Police are saying the man who killed two people and himself had been fired from the company just a day earlier. Lt. Sean Edwards confirmed that one of the victims had been a supervisor at the warehouse. The gunman had reportedly been wearing a UPS uniform at the time of the shooting.
Political activist Rev. William Barber was in Montgomery Monday for a rally on the steps of the State Capitol. Members from several groups including the NAACP gathered to support Medicaid expansion, immigration reform and other social change. Barber says Governor Robert Bentley dropped the ball when he chose not to expand Medicaid and that his and other's political agenda is based solely on their hatred of President Barack Obama. Barber says the fight is not against Republicans but against extremist who are trying to control government and dilute voting rights.
Gun violence in a west Montgomery neighborhood has left one person dead. Montgomery Police said the fatal shooting happened last night in the 2400 block of Sandy Street. MPD said an adult male was shot and killed last night just before 8:30 p.m. No additional information has been available regarding the circumstances behind the fatal shooting. MPD also is conducting a death investigation after two people were found dead at a residence in the 5100 block of Newbury Lane. The bodies were found Friday afternoon. Police are withholding the names of the two deceased individuals.
Alabama's unemployment rate has declined slightly. The state Labor Department said the 6.9 percent measured in August was down from 7 percent in July. But the rate was higher than the 6.5 percent recorded a year ago and higher than the national figure of 6.1 percent.
Montgomery Police have stepped up patrols following a rash of home burglaries and automobile break-ins in several local neighborhoods that includes the Cloverdale area. Interim Police Chief John Brown said Taiwan Jerome Lee was arrested Wednesday and was charged with four armed robberies. He is being held on at $270,000 bond. Chief Brown says he is confident more arrests will be made.
The search for a new police chief appears to be nearing a conclusion. Montgomery Public Safety Director Chris Murphy says the evaluation process has narrowed the list to three internal candidates. A vetting committee composed of citizens and law enforcement will interview the three candidates Monday and then make their recommendation. Director Murphy says Mayor Todd Strange will make the final decision. Murphy is optimistic that a new chief will be named within the next two weeks.
Public health officials say 12 states, including Alabama, now have respiratory illness caused by an uncommon virus, Enterovirus 68. CDC officials have 130 lab-confirmed cases. All are children. No deaths have been reported. Health investigators say it's not year clear what triggered the outbreak or whether it's worsening. The respiratory ailment prompted Montgomery school personnel to sanitize classrooms and common areas on Monday.
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby is calling for the resignation of U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller following the judge's arrest on a domestic violence charge. Shelby issues a statement saying Fuller has lost the confidence of his colleagues and the people of Alabama. Fuller was arrested last month after a fight with his wife in Atlanta. He is avoiding prosecution on a battery charge through a court diversion program. The Tuscaloosa Republican says Fuller should resign immediately.
Montgomerians will pay more for garbage collection fees next year. The hikes are contained in the new city budget approved at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The final vote was 6-2. Garbage fees will rise $4 a month for residential users and $16 for businesses. Councilman C.C. Calhoun said the city budget has issues, but in the end he decided to cast a yes vote. Councilman Arch Lee joined Glenn Pruitt to vote no. Lee contends the budget process needs to be changed. The Montgomery City Budget for 2015 is $228 million dollars.
Governor Robert Bentley says the General Fund budget will need another $150 to $250 million to maintain the status quo in the next fiscal year. He revealed those numbers Tuesday as he addressed a convention of retired and active state employees in Montgomery. The governor was asked about a lottery as a revenue-generating mechanism. If Alabama residents voted in favor of such a referendum, Bentley says he would like to see a significant portion of the revenue go to the general fund. Governor Bentley expects to hear from legislators over the next two months on a variety of proposals to in