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Missing Montgomery Woman Found In Florida

May 13, 2015

A missing Montgomery woman has been found safe in Miami.  Police had issued a missing person bulletin Tuesday on Kadiajah Williams after she didn't show up for work.  Her family was concerned that she might be with her boyfriend Anthony Bell.  Family members say he has been physically abusive in the past.  Investigators say Miami police conducted a welfare check and found Williams to be okay.  Police now identify her as Kadiajah Williams-Bell.  No other details have been released.  

Safe Location

Governor To Legislators, Time Is Running Out

May 13, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley is warning legislators that they are running out of time in this session to address a budget shortfall.  The governor made the comments Tuesday after the Alabama House delayed debate on several Republican backed tax bills aimed at solving the General fund budget crisis.  The largest of the revenue plan is a 25 cent per  pack cigarette tax hike.  Some Republican lawmakers have said they will vote to reject the tax bills that were introduced by their caucus.  

Missing Mother

Casino Hearing Brings Supporters and Opponents

May 12, 2015

Gambling foes and proponents squared off at a public hearing in the Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee Tuesday.  Eighteen people expressed their opinion on a bill to authorize a state lottery and casinos at four dog tracks.  Houston County resident Stanley Davis says the state needs more attractions.

Taxes and Gambling Bills Up for Vote Today

May 12, 2015

It could be contentious day at the Alabama Statehouse.  Lawmakers are scheduled to cast votes on taxes and gambling bills. The Alabama House will consider proposals to raise the state cigarette tax, increase the title fee on automobiles and a measure that would raise the business privilege tax on large businesses. In the Alabama Senate, a committee will hold a public hearing and vote on gambling legislation to allow a statewide lottery and casinos.  

Elderly Woman Attacked

Another Arrest in Montgomery Weekend Homicide

May 11, 2015

A second man has now been charged in a murder from this weekend in Montgomery.  33-year-old Clarence Lamar of Montgomery has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 25-year-old Cordarryl Foxhall, Saturday in the 1900 block of Hilldale Drive.  Lamar was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.  Police had already charged Lamar's cousin, 39-year-old Demetrius Lamar, with murder.  No word on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.  

Fatal Shooting

Truck Driver Identified in Fiery Crash

May 11, 2015

A Georgia trucker was killed Friday night in a fiery crash at the interchange of Interstate 85 southbound to Interstate 65 northbound.  Witnesses said the 18-wheeler plunged off the interchange ramp and onto the street below and exploded into flames.  The driver of the 18-wheeler, 41-year-old Donald Clark of Georgia, was killed.  The accident occurred Friday just after 7:30 p.m.  

Child Porn Arrests

Alabama Sues Georgia Over Water Rights

May 8, 2015

The state of Alabama is suing over a plan it says will harm water quality by holding water in a Georgia lake for recreational use.  Gov. Robert Bentley's administration says the suit asks a judge to block the U.S. Corps of Engineers from implementing a new water control plan for the Alabama-Coosa- Tallapoosa river basin.  The lawsuit claims the plan will keep water in Lake Allatoona northwest of Atlanta to help boaters and other recreational users in the fall, which, in turn will reduce water flow on the Coosa River into eastern Alabama and harm water quality.

Legislators Approve Prison Reform

May 8, 2015

The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to sweeping changes to sentencing and probation standards on an effort to relieve crowding in state prisons.  The Alabama House passed the bill on a 100-5 vote Thursday.  The state Senate went along with House changes.  The bill now goes to Governor Robert Bentley for his signature.  The bill aims to steer low-level offenders away from prison and creates a new Class D of felony.  It also seek to increase supervision of former inmates.  

Budget Proposals

Montgomery Sells Historic Webber Building

May 6, 2015

The historic Webber building, renaming Holcombe Street and a proposed moratorium on package stores were among the hot button issues addressed at Tuesday's city council meeting.  Mayor Todd Strange says the city has sold the crumbling Webber building for one dollar.  Meanwhile, members of the Bernard Whitehurst family say they will not give up on efforts to rename Holcombe Street located near the downtown district.  Stacy Whitehurst said it would mean a lot to the family.

Marsh To Introduce Lottery, Casino Legislation

May 5, 2015

The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate says he will introduce legislation to authorize a lottery and casino gambling in the state.  Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said that is is time to let the people of Alabama make a decision on gambling.  Marsh said Alabama is in a dire fiscal situation and the state needs additional revenue.  Marsh said Alabama sends money every year across state lines to casinos and lotteries in other states.  

Budget Package