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School board rejects budget for fiscal year 2018

Oct 27, 2017

   On a 4 to 3 vote, the Montgomery County Board of Education yesterday rejected a budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year. At issue is the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School to the town of Pike Road– a majority of board members are against it. Mary Briers says she would have voted for an alternative spending plan that Chief Education Officer Reginald Eggleston refused to bring up. The sale of the school to Pike Road would drum up almost 10 million dollars. But Briers and other members would like to see the money raised by other means.

   A witness in an attempted murder case was shot to death outside the Montgomery Courthouse Monday just moments after testifying. Now the judge in the case has declared a mistrial. Montgomery police say 31 year old Kelvin Cooley was fatally shot after leaving the courthouse on South Lawrence street Monday by 25 year old Jocephus Boone. Cooley had just completed testimony in the trial of Jacquees Boone, accused of killing Cooley’s brother Alondre in 2014. The two Boones are also brothers. Jocephus Boone is now charged with capital murder in Monday’s shooting.

   A law going into effect in November makes it mandatory for Alabama drivers to have liability insurance. A spokesperson with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says the law allows the department to verify if a driver’s insurance was valid during a traffic stop or an accident. It imposes fines of 200 dollars for the first offense, 300 for the second and 400 dollars for the third. Drivers who fail to pay fines can have their licenses suspended. The Alabama Legislature passed the law in 2016 hoping to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on the road. 

Every week on WVAS, we bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 52 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney files this report… 

The Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization (SAYNO) and local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the annual Kids and Cops Day on Saturday. The event, which is also being hosted by the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission, was designed to allow children an opportunity to interact with law enforcement and learn about their equipment and technology in a positive atmosphere. Executive Director of SAYNO, Inc. Anderson Graves says the indoor festival will include interactive activities, police-related scenarios, and other fun activities.

Qualifying has closed for the Alabama Democratic and Republican parties in the race for state’s Senate District 26 seat, which Quinton Ross just vacated to take over as President of Alabama State University. Five candidates have qualified on the Democratic side while just one is running from the Republican Party. Democratic candidates include Deborah Anthony, Fred Bell, David Burkette, Tony Cobb Jr. and John Knight. DJ Johnson is the GOP’s nominee. The special primary election is set for Dec. 12. A runoff would be held Feb. 27 if needed. 

Making Contact: Mrs. Hamer, Echoes Airs Tonight

Oct 9, 2017
Library System at Howard University

Tonight's regularly scheduled program Biz Talk MGM is taking a break for the Columbus Day holiday. In place of it, WVAS will broadcast a half-hour special "Mrs. Hamer, Echoes" part of the Making Contact series, a weekly magazine/documentary style public affairs program distributed through Public Radio Exchange. The program examines the words and brief context of the life of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer,  who would have turned 100 on October 6.

Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage left by a series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks. In Central Alabama the damage came in the form of downed trees and power outages. Some of those downed trees hit structures, but fortunately there have been no reports of injuries or loss of life from the storm in Alabama. At its peak, the storm caused outages to more than 14-thousand homes in this part of the state.

   A change of leadership in the Athletics Department at Alabama State University. Director of Athletics Melvin Hines has officially resigned from the position. President Quinton Ross last night issued a statement announcing that Deputy Director of Athletics Jennifer Lynne Williams will take over as interim director. She will begin her new duties immediately. In his statement, Dr. Ross said the university is fortunate to have someone of Williams’s caliber to step in.

Montgomery City Council passes budget

Oct 4, 2017

 Montgomery finally has a budget for the new fiscal year. The Montgomery City Council approved the 245 million dollar spending plan at its meeting last night by a vote of 5 to 4. The budget does include a one percent increase in the lodging tax, which is why some council members voted against it. Mayor Todd Strange was both satisfied and relieved with the budget’s passage. The budget allows the city to put one million dollars in its reserves and also provides for merit raises.