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Muscogee Nation Against Proposed Gaming Agreement

Jun 12, 2015

The descendants of Alabama Creeks forced to walk the Trail of Tears are urging Alabama's governor not to sign a gaming agreement with a tribe they say built a casino on sacred land.  The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma sent Gov. Robert Bentley a letter in June urging him never to sign a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.  

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Autisum ID Cards Available

Jun 12, 2015

Alabama residents who have been diagnosed with autism can apply to receive an identification card that can be used to better communicate with first responders and law enforcement officers during potentially stressful situations.  A statement from the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday says the card explains to others that the person may have difficulty communicating or understanding directions.  The billfold-size card also says the person may become agitated if touched.

Downtown Alliance Seeks EPA Plume Deferral

Jun 11, 2015

The City of Montgomery has entered into an Alliance with the county, state and the Advertiser newspaper.  It's an effort to remove the Environmental Protection Agency's oversight of the so-called Capitol City Plume.  In 1993, the EPA found groundwater tainted with chemicals and petroleum products.  EPA's Administrator for the Southeast, Heather McTeer Toney, says the proposal requires the Alliance to oversee cleanup and repay EPA $2.6 million.  Mayor Todd Strange said the proposed agreement would prevent EPA from placing a section of the downtown district on a "Superfund" list.  

SEC Presidential Primary

Jun 10, 2015

A ceremonial signing was held Wednesday by Governor Robert Bentley for a bill that would move Alabama's presidential primary to March 1st, 2016.  Alabama now joins the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia on that date, creating what's being labeled the SEC presidential primary.  Secretary of State John Merrill says the state will benefit both politically and economically.  Merrill is also hopeful the earlier primary date will spur voter interest and encourage more residents to vote.

Housing Scam

Talladega Woman Killed Working in Afghanistan

Jun 9, 2015

The Department of Defense says an Alabama woman has been killed in Afghanistan.  54-year-old Krissie Davis of Talladega died Monday during an indirect fire attack on Bagram Air Force Base near Afghanistan's capital city.  The Pentagon said Davis was a veteran civil servant for three decades.  She is the first civilian deployer with the Defense Logistics Agency in Anniston to die from combat-related injuries.  

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Governor Pushes for New Revenue in Special Session

Jun 9, 2015

Alabama's governor continues to make the case for new revenue to shore up the financially-strapped General Fund budget.  Robert Bentley said he's optimistic about getting a budget agreement in a special session this summer despite the gridlock that plagued lawmakers in the regular session.  On Monday, Bentley said many legislators have already voted for local tax bills or allowed agencies to raise fees.  Last week, Governor Bentley rejected a General Fund budget that would have cut $200 million from state agencies.  

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MPD Continues Homicide Investigation

Jun 5, 2015

The Montgomery Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation after 44-year-old Luke Nelson was found shot to death Wednesday night.  Officials found Nelson shot around 9:25 after receiving a report of a subject in the road.  Nelson became the city's 20th death and its designated 17th homicide.  No arrests have been made.  Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000.  

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Bentley Vetos General Fund Budget

Jun 5, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley has vetoed a general fund budget that he said would hurt the people of Alabama.  Bentley says the budget approved by lawmakers Thursday night is unworkable and will hurt the state.  He vowed to bring lawmakers back into special session this summer.  The budget cuts $200 million from state agencies after lawmakers failed to agree on tax increases or revenue.  The House of Representatives overrode Bentley's veto, but the Senate had adjourned for the session so the action was meaningless.

Police Charge Montgomery Man with Murder

Jun 4, 2015

Police have made an arrest in a murder that took place last Thursday.  20-year-old Reo Davis of Montgomery has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Kendre Williams.  Davis was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday in Clarke County.  The incident reportedly occurred in the 3800 block of South Court Street at around noon May 28th.  Investigators say the shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute.  Davis is in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under $250,000 bond.  

Memorial Day Arrests

Renaming Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge

Jun 3, 2015

Alabama senators are seeking to rename Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, a historic site in the voting rights movement that also bears the name of a Ku Klux Klan officer.  Senators on Wednesday approved a resolution to rename it the "Journey to Freedom Bridge."  The bridge became a symbol of the fight for voting rights after marchers were beaten by state Troopers in 1965.  The Alabama House of Representatives has not voted on the idea.  

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