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Supporters of immigration reform gathered on the steps of the Alabama Statehouse Wednesday in Montgomery.  The "Reason for Reform" immigration campaign featured education, small business and immigrant advocacy leaders giving their perspectives on immigration.  The event was hosted by several organizations including the "Partnership for a New Economy."  

Governor is Optimistic Lottery Will Pass

Aug 3, 2016

   Governor Robert Bentley says he is cautiously optimistic that his proposal for a state lottery will pass in an upcoming special session. The governor made his remarks at a cabinet meeting on children’s issues today. Bentley admits he is not a fan of lotteries, but says too many state services are at stake.  The governor says he will push for a simple lottery bill that does not include casino gambling. He fears that if casinos are included, the legislation will die. Since it is a constitutional amendment, the proposal needs to pass both chambers by at least 60 percent.

The Alabama parole board denied the last surviving Birmingham church bomber's first attempt to get out of prison. Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., an 86-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman is serving a life sentence for the Sept. 15, 1963 bombing that killed four young black girls in Birmingham, Alabama. Killed that morning as they primped after Sunday school class were Denise McNair, 11, and Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, all 14. The hearing Wednesday was attended by several people including the older sister of Carole Robertson, Edwina Diana Robertson Braddock.

Fatal Stabbing in Montgomery

Aug 3, 2016

Police are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred yesterday morning in Montgomery. The unidentified male victim was found in the 25-hundred block of Highland Avenue around 10:20 am. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances surrounding the stabbing have not been released. No arrests have been made. 

Caucus Nominates McCutcheon for Speaker

Aug 3, 2016

The Alabama House Republican Caucus is supporting state Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Monrovia to replace ousted House Speaker Mike Hubbard. A statement from the group says the 70 members decided unanimously Tuesday to back McCutcheon for the position when legislators begin a special session on Aug. 15. The move virtually guarantees that McCutcheon will succeed Hubbard, who was automatically removed from office after being convicted of multiple felony ethics charges.

Alabama State University's Director of University Relations, Kenneth Mullinax says Wednesday he will keep a promise he made 15 years ago to appear before the parole hearing of Thomas Blanton; the man convicted in the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama.  Blanton was convicted of murder for his part in the bombing that killed four little girls.  Mullinax says in 1990, he met and became friends with Alpha Robertson, the mother of Carole Robertson, one of the girls killed in the bombing.

The Town of Pike Road along with other communities in the River Region will be participating in the "National Night Out" event Tuesday.  The free event promotes community involvement against crime and drugs.  Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone says the family-centered event will also honor the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.  The free event will be  held at the Pike Road Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Pedestrian Killed in Lee County

Aug 1, 2016

 A single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian killed a man in Lee County Saturday. Authorities say a pickup truck struck the victim on U-S Highway 280 near the 122 mile marker around 2:30am. The pedestrian has been identified as 37 year old Timojin Weaver of Pineville, North Carolina. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the truck remained at the scene. No charges have been filed, though the wreck is still under investigation.

Authorities say a high-ranking school official in one of Alabama's largest counties has been indicted on federal charges of child enticement and child pornography. The indictment of Jefferson County Schools' personnel director Brett William Kirkham was announced Friday by federal prosecutors.

Two employees of the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors have been indicted on charges of ethics violations and possession of forged instruments. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says 51-year-old Nancy Saffo and 47-year-old Christy Easterling were arrested earlier in the week. Strange says Saffo and Easterling used their positions to obtain checks and currency for personal gain.