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Another Lottery Proposal Being Offered

Aug 10, 2016

At least two lottery proposals are now in play for an upcoming special session of the Alabama Legislature. State Senator Jim McClendon of Springville says he will introduce a second lottery bill that would allow electronic lottery terminals at dog tracks. McClendon estimates the bill would bring in 427 million dollars annually, with most going to the general fund. The legislation would authorize Governor Robert Bentley to enter into a compact with the Poarch Creek Indians. Senator McClendon is also sponsoring Governor Bentley's lottery bill.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Wetumpka Rotary Club meeting at the Wind Creek Hotel inside the Wind Creek Casino.  Zeigler spoke to the members about the investigations surrounding Governor Robert Bentley's impeachment process.  He has asked the House Judiciary Committee to report at least one impeachment article against Governor Bentley before or during the August 15th special session.

Barbers Give Free Back to School Haircuts

Aug 9, 2016

Nearly 20 Montgomery-area barbers offered free haircuts to students preparing to go back  school.  The Jefferson Davis High School gym was transformed into a huge barbershop as dozens of kids sat down for their haircut.  The kids also received a back pack stuffed with new school supplies.  The event was sponsored by iHeartMedia.

A state panel has refused to dismiss an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, sending him to a trial-like proceeding on Sept. 28. The Court of the Judiciary on Monday denied Moore's request to dismiss the complaint that he violated ethical standards for judges with a January memo to probate judges regarding same-sex marriage. The court also denied the Judicial Inquiry's Commission's request to go ahead and remove Moore from office. Moore told probate judges in January that a March Alabama Supreme Court order to deny marriage licenses to gay couples remained in effect.

Health insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield is seeking to raise its Affordable Care Act plans by as much as 40 percent.  The insurance company released a statement Monday saying in part, that the 2017 proposed rates have been submitted to the Alabama Department of Insurance for its individual and small business plans that are compliant with the Affordable Care Act.  The statement also says the proposal does not apply to Blue Cross members with Medicare plans or employer-based plans with more than 50 workers.  The potential hike would impact nearly 200,000 people.  

WVAS 90.7 FM public radio station will be presenting its Second Annual Nat King Cole Society Jazz Festival on Sunday, Sept. 4th.  Artists will include Montgomery's Ron Handy, King Bee and headliner Maysa performing a tribute to Natalie and Nat King Cole.  The performances will be held at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in downtown Montgomery, gates open at 3 p.m. with performances starting at 4 p.m.  Tickets are $20 for adults, or $35 for festival and cruise, children 12 and under are one dollar.

Dozens of students learned about snakes Friday at the Gross Out Camp in Millbrook.  The Gross Out Camp teaches students about biology through hands on experience.  The camp at the Alabama Wildlife Federation is in partnership with Fresh Air Family, an outdoor education nonprofit agency.  The camp held at the Natureplex at the Alabama Wildlife Federation is sponsored by the Beasley Allen Law Firm.  

Federal Judge Dismisses Moore's Lawsuit

Aug 5, 2016

   U-S District Judge Harold Albritton has thrown out Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s lawsuit against the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission. The federal judge dismissed the suit in an order Thursday. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary is considering judicial ethics charges that could lead to Moore's ouster, and Albritton writes that the state process should continue without federal court interference. Moore sued the Commission in May saying it violated his rights by suspending him when it filed the ethics charges. Moore asked Albritton to let him resume work as chief justice.

The Alabama Retail Association is encouraging consumers to shop local during the back-to-school sales tax holiday.  The holiday begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday at midnight.  Alabama Retail Association Communications Manager Melissa Warnke says the "Shop Alabama Initiative" is underway.  Eligible items include clothing priced at $100 or less, school supplies at $50 or less, books at $30 or less and computers and computer equipment selling at $750 or less.    

Arrest Made in Stabbing Death

Aug 4, 2016

Montgomery police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal stabbing Tuesday. 21 year old Corwin Walker has been charged with one count of capitol murder. Police say 75 year old Thomas Shaw Jr. of Wetumpka was found stabbed to death in the 25-hundred block of Highland Avenue Tuesday morning. Investigators say it appears the incident stemmed from a robbery attempt. Walker has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond.