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Lawmakers Consider Driver's License Bill

Mar 3, 2016

Alabama lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to open driver's license offices in every county at least two days a week.  The Decatur Daily reports that the Senate General Fund committee on Wednesday said the bill still needed some revisions, but gave it a favorable report and sent it on to the full Senate.  Sen. Hank Sanders, a Democrat from Selma, says driver's licenses are crucial not only for driving, but for identification purposes.  ALEA estimates that expanding days of operation in many counties will cost up to $1.35 million a year.

MPD Officer Arrested in Deadly Shooting

Mar 3, 2016

A Montgomery police officer was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the death of Gregory Gunn.  Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey made the announcement.  Gunn was shot to death a week ago during an altercation with officer Aaron Smith as he was walking home in the Mobile Heights community.  Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange urged residents to let the investigation take its course.  Officer Smith has reportedly already posted a $150,000 bond.

Alabama's Last Dry County Goes Wet

Mar 2, 2016

Residents in the Clay County cities of Ashland and Lineville voted Tuesday to legalize alcohol sales.  Alcohol sales will still be illegal outside the cities.  But the vote means alcohol can now be sold legally in at least part of each of Alabama's 67 counties.  Opponents argued against legalizing alcohol sales on moral and public-safety grounds.  But supporters say the move will held stimulate business.  Bootleggers have operated in Clay County for years, and possession of small amounts of alcohol in the county has been legal.

The Alabama Senate Tuesday debated legislation that would prohibit the removal of historical monuments from public property without lawmakers' prior approval.  The legislation doesn't specify Confederate monuments but comes after civil rights activists' push to remove markers across the South.  Birmingham is considering the removal of a Confederate statue in a downtown park.  Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa , the bill's sponsor, says he hopes it will avoid "decisions made in haste."  Democratic Sen.

Clinton and Trump Win Big in Alabama Primary

Mar 2, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton steamrolled to wins Tuesday in Alabama as GOP voters lashed out at Washington insiders and Clinton capitalized on her overwhelming support among African-American voters.  Alabama voters turned out in droves to make their picks for president on Super Tuesday in the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests.  Clinton and Trump had campaigned vigorously in the state heading into Super Tuesday.  

2016 Primary Results

Mar 2, 2016

Most of the incumbents did very well in Alabama Tuesday, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby had no trouble fending off four Republican challengers, he faces Democratic opposition in November.  Other Republican Congressional incumbents fared equally as well, Martha Roby, Mike Rogers, Bradley Byrne and Robert Aderholt all brushed aside their primary competition.  

Man Charged in 2014 Fatal Accident

Mar 1, 2016

An Alabama man has been charged with murder in a 2014 car crash that killed another motorist.  Al.com reports 54-year-old Edward Michael Sexton of McCalla was arrested Monday after a Tuscaloosa County grand jury indicted him in the death of 61-year-old Samuel Hedgemon.  The indictment charging Sexton with murder says he was intoxicated and driving at a recklessly high speed when he smashed into a vehicle driven by Hedgemon on Dec. 23, 2014.  Sexton told police he was trying to avoid another vehicle when he lost control.

House Fire Under Investigation

Mar 1, 2016

The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating a fire-related death in Autauga County from the weekend.  Volunteer fire department personnel were called to an Autrey Road residence Sunday on a report of a house fire.  Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson tells the Montgomery Advertiser that the remains of what appear to be a man were found.  No other details have been released.  

High Voter Turnout Predictions for "SEC Primary"

Mar 1, 2016

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said voter turnout in the state looks "extraordinarily high," pointing to a projected turnout as high as 60 to 70 percent in one country.  Merrill said there were a few minor problems around the state as polls opened Tuesday morning, but nothing that directly affected voting or voter participation.  

Alabama Education Superintendent Retiring

Mar 1, 2016

Alabama Education Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice is resigning.  Bice made the announcement Tuesday at a press conference.  61-year-old Bice says he felt it was the right time to retire after the department met graduation and other goals.  Bice said he will join the Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation as its education director later this spring.  Bice said he will leave the department at the end of the month.