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Civil Rights Icon Statue

Jun 7, 2016

The city of Montgomery is getting closer to receiving a statue of one of its most prominent leaders, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastor Cromwell Handy, of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, is asking the Montgomery County Commission to financially support the project in hopes of getting it off the ground.  Handy said the life-size statue will stand at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Center, across the street from the Southern Poverty Law Center.  

ASU 2016 Skycap

Jun 7, 2016

Alabama State University is holding its annual Skycap program for youth in grades 1 through 12.  Around 250 students are expected to participate in the June session then another 200 or so for the July session.  Associate Dean for the College of Mathematics, Science and Technology Dr. Carl Pettis says the enrichment program provides both academic and extracurricular courses.  Registration information is available at the University's website by going to the Continuing Education page or you can call (334) 229-4686.  

Boxing Great Memorial Preparations

Jun 7, 2016

Preparations continue for memorial services honoring Muhammad Ali Thursday and Friday.  The mourning of his death has been both global and local.  Former Montgomery boxer and coach Eddie Haynes shared his reaction with WVAS News.  A private ceremony for family is set for Thursday.  A public memorial will be held Friday.  Actor Will Smith, who portrayed Muhammad Ali in the movie "Ali," and former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis are among eight pallbearers for the service in Louisville.  

Riley's Testimony Continues in Ethics Trial

Jun 7, 2016

Former Gov. Rob Riley and a state prosecutor exchanged testy remarks Monday as Riley's testimony continued in House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics trial.  Prosecutor Matt Hart on Monday morning stopped Riley from elaborating at length on his answers.  Riley accused Hart of asking questions without context when Hart asked if he had ever warned Hubbard about running afoul of the state ethics law.  The former governor testified that he and Hubbard often talked about Hubbard's deteriorating financial situation.  Riley's testimony continues Tuesday.  Hubbard maintains his innocence.  

Historic Season For ASU Baseball

Jun 6, 2016

The season has ended for the Alabama State University baseball team.  The Hornets lost to South Alabama in an NCAA elimination game Saturday in the Tallahassee Regional.  The final score was 6 to 3.  The team had already lost to Florida State in its first NCAA game 18 to 6 Friday.  The loss brings to a close a historic season for the Hornets, who won their first SWAC Championship and going unbeaten in 28 conference games.  ASU also set a school record for wins with an overall record of 38 and 17.  

A group of college students in Montgomery including several from Alabama State University helped a record 9,000 low-income families receive more than $17 million in refunds through a free tax preparation program.  The SaveFirst for Impact Alabama Director, Lynn Groft says the IRS certified program trains college students to prepare tax returns for low-income families in the state.  Groft says the program is a partnership between colleges, universities and community volunteers.  

Eufaula Shooting Spree Suspect Dies

Jun 6, 2016

Authorities say police fatally shot a man accused of going on a shooting rampage injuring three people including a toddler.  Eufaula Police tell multiple news media that 35-year-old Demarco Rhymes was shot to death after gunfight with police early Saturday.  Police say Rhymes shot a 2-year-old in the leg at the Level Acres Mobile Home Park.  Rhymes left the mobile park and shot a 42-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man.  

Former Governor Returns to the Witness Stand

Jun 6, 2016

Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is back on the witness stand today in the ethics trial of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.  Under questioning Friday Riley said Hubbard emailed him several times seeking a job, but said some of the conversations were merely banter.  Prosecutors asked Riley about multiple emails from Hubbard, who said how much he wanted to work for Riley's new lobbying and consulting firm, Bob Riley & Associates.

ACLU Challenges Alabama Abortion Restrictions

Jun 3, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging two new Alabama abortion restrictions, one banning clinics near schools and another banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure.  The complaint filed Thursday said the location restriction would force two of the state's five abortion clinics to close.  Alabama lawmakers voted earlier this spring to ban abortion within 2,000 feet of a public K-8 schools.  They also banned a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure know as dilation and evacuation.

Testimony Resumes in Hubbard Trial

Jun 3, 2016

Testimony resumes today in the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard.  Prosecutors have accused Hubbard of using his positions as GOP party chairman and house speaker to generate $2.3 million in work and investments for his companies.  Hubbard has maintained his innocence and argued the transactions were within the bounds of the state ethics law that includes exemptions for normal business dealings and longstanding friendships.