Montgomerians will pay more for garbage collection fees next year. The hikes are contained in the new city budget approved at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The final vote was 6-2. Garbage fees will rise $4 a month for residential users and $16 for businesses. Councilman C.C. Calhoun said the city budget has issues, but in the end he decided to cast a yes vote. Councilman Arch Lee joined Glenn Pruitt to vote no. Lee contends the budget process needs to be changed. The Montgomery City Budget for 2015 is $228 million dollars.
Governor Robert Bentley says the General Fund budget will need another $150 to $250 million to maintain the status quo in the next fiscal year. He revealed those numbers Tuesday as he addressed a convention of retired and active state employees in Montgomery. The governor was asked about a lottery as a revenue-generating mechanism. If Alabama residents voted in favor of such a referendum, Bentley says he would like to see a significant portion of the revenue go to the general fund. Governor Bentley expects to hear from legislators over the next two months on a variety of proposals to in
Governor Robert Bentley and Democratic challenger Parker Griffith won't be speaking to the same audience at the same time, but they will be speaking on consecutive days. Bentley is scheduled to address a convention of active and retired public employees today in downtown Montgomery, and then Griffith talks to the group Wednesday.
Five proposed constitutional amendments will be on Alabama's ballot November 4th, and for the first time, a commission has written ballot language to describe them in plain words. The chairman of the new Fair Ballot Commission, Will Sellers, says the Legislature created the commission because wording on the ballot was sometimes written in legal or technical terms and was confusing. He still recommends reading the summaries before arriving at the polls. The entire summaries are at least a page each and will be available at voting precincts, but will not be printed in their entirety on the
It's been a week-long celebration leading to today's inauguration for Alabama State University's first female president, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd. Luminaries, including 22 university presidents, from across the nation are in Montgomery for the 11 a.m. ceremony at the ASU Acadome. WVAS-FM will broadcast today's inauguration of Dr. Boyd.
A ground breaking ceremony was held Thursday for the Selma to Montgomery March National Parks Service Interpretive Center that will be built on the Alabama State University campus. The National Park Service said the ASU site will become the third interpretive center to be built along the Montgomery Voting Rights Trail, joining others in Selma and White Hall in Lowndes County. The ASU Interpretive Center will be constructed near the new football stadium.
A Montgomery school principal is pleading with Montgomery's mayor and City Council to make changes at the intersection of Oak Street and Fairview Avenue. Gary Hall, the principal of Carver High School, says the traffic signal does not have a left turn arrow and he fears for the safety of his students. A Carver student sustained minor injuries Wednesday morning after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection. Hall said he wants the problem addressed after a student was critically injured last week near Capitol Heights Middle School.
Local authorities are investing a possible murder-suicide in Montgomery and Wetumpka. Montgomery Police report that a man told an off-duty officer that he had killed his wife just before taking his own life. During his confession, the unidentified man told police where to find his wife's body. She was discovered in the 5100 block of Carmichael Road. The man's body was later found in Wetumpka. Montgomery Police have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to handle the case due to its relation to the death investigation in a different jurisdiction.
A former Montgomery nightclub, the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill was part of the discussion at Tuesday's Montgomery City Council meeting. Three mothers of people who were shot at the nightclub pleaded with the City Council not to allow another nightclub at the building on Highland Avenue. Shirley Scott, mother of the slain rapper, known as Doe B, made it clear that she will fight any efforts to reopen the club.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is showing an increase part of the state under abnormally dry conditions. Some pockets have advanced to moderate drought status, bus so far no area of Alabama are in severe drought or worse. Fire Operations Chief for the Alabama Forestry Commission Balsie Butler says if dry conditions persist the chance for wildfires will increase. Butler is asking anyone conducting outdoor burns to use extreme caution.