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Montgomery Homicide Investigation

Apr 29, 2016

A shooting death from Wednesday in Montgomery is now being handled as a homicide.  Police say 24-year-old Jordan Wilson of Montgomery was found with a gunshot wound in the 3200 block of Virginia Pines Lane at around 10:30 Wednesday night.  He was taken to a local hospital where he died the next day.  The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation, and no arrests have been made.  Police ask that anyone with information on this murder to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, the Secret Witness line at 262-4000, or the Montgomery Police Department at 625-2831.  

Debate Continues on Prison Construction Proposal

Apr 29, 2016

The House of Representatives is in lengthy debate on Gov. Robert Bentley's $800 million prison construction proposal.  Lawmakers discussed the legislation for more than four hours Thursday.  Some lawmakers said the building project would solve safety and financial problems in the state prisons, while opposed lawmakers suggested it might compound them.  Bentley is seeking to borrow $800 to build three new mega prisons for men, that will house up to 4,000 inmates each and one new prison for women.  Most existing prisons would be closed.  Rep.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says a judicial ethics panel should dismiss complaints against him that were filed against him as he fought to keep gays and lesbians from marrying in the state.  Moore in January told probate judges that a state court order remained in effect telling judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.  

Health Department Reports a Rise in Syphilis Cases

Apr 28, 2016

Officials with the Alabama Department of Public Health say syphilis is on the rise in the state.  According to the department there were 532 cases reported in 2015.  ADPH Sexually Transmitted Disease Director Anthony Merriweather says most of the cases involve men who have sex with men.  Merriweather says syphilis can be treated and cured.  

House Committee Approves Compromise Bill

Apr 28, 2016

The House budget committee has approved a compromise bill dividing state settlement money from the BP oil spill, using the money to pay off state debts and pay for road projects in costal counties.  The proposal would also help close most of the gap in next year's Medicaid budget.  Much of the money, nearly $450 million, would pay back money borrowed during past budget shortfalls.  An estimated $191 million would go for road projects at the coast.  Budget chairman Steve Clouse says it is a fair compromise that keeps the focus on repaying debts.

Second-Trimester Bill

Apr 27, 2016

A bill to prohibit a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure has advanced in the Alabama Legislature.  The legislation would prohibit a procedure called dilation and evacuation, or "D&E."  The bill would allow the procedure in the event of a "serious health risk to the mother."  The bill's supporters describe the procedure as "heinous" and "barbaric."  Democratic Sen. Rodger Smitherman says he doesn't support the procedure but believes the "root" of the issue is a personal choice.  Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a similar bill into law earlier this month.

Legislature Crafts Impeachment Process

Apr 27, 2016

An impeachment process was carved out by the House of Representatives yesterday.  The legislation that passed on a 79 to 14 vote would have the Judiciary Committee investigate impeachment grounds if 21 legislators sign impeachment articles against a state official.  The bill could actually sideline a current effort to impeach Governor Robert Bentley.  Eleven legislators filed articles against Bentley recently, not enough to meet the requirement passed yesterday.  Rep. Mac McCutcheon says the signature will give the articles credibility.  Rep.

2011 Tornado Victims Remembered Today

Apr 27, 2016

It was five years ago today that a series of tornadoes ripped through Alabama and several other states killing hundreds of people and leaving a swath of destruction in their wake.  It was one of the deadliest outbreaks in U.S. history, with some 120 tornadoes reported.  Alabama was the hardest hit, suffering more than 250 fatalities.  To commemorate the anniversary, Governor Robert Bentley will visit Hackleburg, Alabama today, a city that was decimated by the storms.  He will check on the progress the Marion County city has made in the last five years.

Alexander City Council Fistfight

Apr 26, 2016

A heated exchange about finances at a city council meeting in Alexander City turned into a fistfight between the mayor and a council member.  The Alexander City Outlook reports that during Monday night's city council meeting, Mayor Charles Shaw and Councilman Tony Goss argued about the city's finances.  As the argument escalated into a shouting match, Councilman Bob Howard moved quickly to adjourn the meeting.  Shaw then rushed toward Goss and punched him in the side of the face.  Goss retreated and started defending himself.  Those gathered at the meeting worked to break up the fight.

Montgomery Partners with Cenergistic

Apr 26, 2016

The city of Montgomery and Mayor Todd Strange announced a partnership between energy conservation consulting company Cenergistic.  The new initiative is an effort to reduce the city's annual consumption usage on utilities.  Mayor Strange says the city expects the partnership to focus on changing habits.  Cenergistic is also working with Mobile and Baldwin County schools and met with Alabama State University.