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Flag Removal Stirs Emotions

May 18, 2015

An African-American attorney and former state Senator has sparked a debate by removing Confederate battle flags from the graves of Civil War veterans.  Myron Penn said he and his family removed the flags and brought them to the city in Union Springs.  Penn said the stars and bars battle flag is a divisive symbol that represents oppression.  Since removing the flags, some have called for Penn to be arrested and disbarred.  The cemetery is owned and maintained by the Union Springs city government.  Mayor Saint Thomas Jr.

Alabama lawmakers could consider a bill that would remove the state Board of Education from the process of confirming a commission that will oversee new charter schools.  Republican Representative Terri Collins filed the bill Thursday after several board members declined to confirm a number of nominees.  Collins says the bill is necessary to make sure the commission is in place by the June 1st deadline.   

Suspect Hospitalized

Reports of Wasteful Spending at VA

May 15, 2015

Republican Congresswoman Martha Roby of Montgomery said she's troubled after hearing a senior official at the Department of Veterans Affair says the agency is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies that are being purchased outside of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts.  Roby, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Oversight committee, said she is preparing legislation that would compel the VA secretary to take VA systems, including the Central Alabama Health Care Facility that fail to meet basic standards.  

House Budget Committee Approves Austere Budget

May 14, 2015

A House budget committee has approved a general fund budget with deep cuts to state agencies.  The spending plan was approved Thursday after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on proposed tax bills to fill a shortfall of more than $200 million.  After the committee's action, Governor Robert Bentley visited the Alabama Statehouse to voice his displeasure promising to veto if the the House Budget make it to his desk in its current state.  

Casino and Lottery Bill

Missing Montgomery Woman Found In Florida

May 13, 2015

A missing Montgomery woman has been found safe in Miami.  Police had issued a missing person bulletin Tuesday on Kadiajah Williams after she didn't show up for work.  Her family was concerned that she might be with her boyfriend Anthony Bell.  Family members say he has been physically abusive in the past.  Investigators say Miami police conducted a welfare check and found Williams to be okay.  Police now identify her as Kadiajah Williams-Bell.  No other details have been released.  

Safe Location

Governor To Legislators, Time Is Running Out

May 13, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley is warning legislators that they are running out of time in this session to address a budget shortfall.  The governor made the comments Tuesday after the Alabama House delayed debate on several Republican backed tax bills aimed at solving the General fund budget crisis.  The largest of the revenue plan is a 25 cent per  pack cigarette tax hike.  Some Republican lawmakers have said they will vote to reject the tax bills that were introduced by their caucus.  

Missing Mother

Casino Hearing Brings Supporters and Opponents

May 12, 2015

Gambling foes and proponents squared off at a public hearing in the Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee Tuesday.  Eighteen people expressed their opinion on a bill to authorize a state lottery and casinos at four dog tracks.  Houston County resident Stanley Davis says the state needs more attractions.

Taxes and Gambling Bills Up for Vote Today

May 12, 2015

It could be contentious day at the Alabama Statehouse.  Lawmakers are scheduled to cast votes on taxes and gambling bills. The Alabama House will consider proposals to raise the state cigarette tax, increase the title fee on automobiles and a measure that would raise the business privilege tax on large businesses. In the Alabama Senate, a committee will hold a public hearing and vote on gambling legislation to allow a statewide lottery and casinos.  

Elderly Woman Attacked

Another Arrest in Montgomery Weekend Homicide

May 11, 2015

A second man has now been charged in a murder from this weekend in Montgomery.  33-year-old Clarence Lamar of Montgomery has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 25-year-old Cordarryl Foxhall, Saturday in the 1900 block of Hilldale Drive.  Lamar was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.  Police had already charged Lamar's cousin, 39-year-old Demetrius Lamar, with murder.  No word on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.  

Fatal Shooting

Truck Driver Identified in Fiery Crash

May 11, 2015

A Georgia trucker was killed Friday night in a fiery crash at the interchange of Interstate 85 southbound to Interstate 65 northbound.  Witnesses said the 18-wheeler plunged off the interchange ramp and onto the street below and exploded into flames.  The driver of the 18-wheeler, 41-year-old Donald Clark of Georgia, was killed.  The accident occurred Friday just after 7:30 p.m.  

Child Porn Arrests