Alabama's parole board has approved of granting posthumous pardons in the "Scottsboro Boys" rape case. The board made the decision Thursday for three black men whose convictions were never overturned in the 1930's case. Nine black males were wrongly accused of raping two white women in northeast Alabama in 1931. The men were convicted and all but the youngest were sentenced to death. Five of the cases were overturned in 1937, and one received a pardon before his death in 1976.
Boeing is considering Huntsville, Alabama for a new aircraft assembly plant. Governor Robert Bentley met with Boeing executives Tuesday as the company looks for a location to build the 777x. The state is already home to aircraft manufacturer Airbus's first U.S. based production facility in Mobile. Even though Airbus is a Boeing competitor, Governor Bentley believes there's room for both in the state. Other states are also in contention for the assembly plant. An announcement could come by early next year.
The city of Montgomery is cracking down on unlicensed drivers. The Montgomery City Council, on an 8-1 vote last night, approved a so-called towing ordinance. The new city law would allow Montgomery police to tow the vehicle of unlicensed drivers who are involved in traffic accidents. Individuals who are cited would be responsible for all fees. The towing ordinance also applies to motorists whose drivers licenses are canceled, suspended and revoked. The towing ordinance goes into effect in January.
The Save Ourselves Movement for Democracy and Justice hosted a rally Tuesday asking Governor Robert Bentley to expand Medicaid in the state. Johnny Ford, Mayor of Tuskegee says the fight for healthcare is a universal issue. The S.O.S movement claims less-fortunate people of all races will suffer if Medicaid is not extended. Governor Bentley has repeatedly contended that the state cannot afford to expand the program.
Voters in parts of the city of Montgomery will decide the outcome of a Republican runoff in House District 74 between Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos and Charlotte Meadows, the former president of the Montgomery County School Board. The polling places close at 7 p.m.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he used his trip to Japan to strengthen existing relationships with Japan to strengthen existing relationships with Japanese companies. Bentley told reporters that his five-day trip focused mostly on relationship building, but also included some economic development and recruitment opportunities. Bentley says he met with top executives from Honda and Toyota, both of which have operations in Alabama.
Six Montgomery Public Schools educators accused of participating in a district-wide grade changing scheme are facing state trials. The district's former assistant superintendent, two principals, an assistant principal and two teachers are expected to appear before an administrative law judge in December. The educators could lose their certificates. The grade-changing scheme lead to an investigation into the district's grading procedures.
The State Board of Education Thursday approved the department's budget request for fiscal 2015. Chief of Staff for the Department of Education Dr. Craig Pouncey said the $4.1 billion dollar spending plan has four priorities. Dr. Pouncey said the budget request for the next year is about $216 million dollars more than the current one. The spending plan was adopted on a unanimous vote.
Governor Robert Bentley's first day in Japan included a meeting with a top trade official. Bentley's work with Japanese business leaders won't end when he returns to Alabama on Friday. A spokesman said the governor will be in Biloxi, Mississippi, for the annual Southeastern U.S. Japan Association conference this weekend.
Few details are available on the city's latest homicide. Montgomery Police are investigating the shooting death of 34-year old Anthony Bailey of Greenville. Bailey was found shot in the 1900 block of Hilldale Drive Monday night at about 8:40. He was transported to Baptist Medical Center South where he was later pronounced dead. Circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation. Police are asking for anyone with information on this incident to call them at (334) 625-2831 or the Secret Witness line at (334) 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.