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Montgomery Police Make an Arrest in Traffic Fatality

Oct 21, 2015

Montgomery Police have made an arrest in the October 21st traffic death of 31-year-old Nicole Baldwin of Cowarts following an early morning crash on Interstate 85.  Police have charged 28-year-old Wesley Welch of Montgomery with one count of reckless murder.  Welch was the driver of the vehicle in which Baldwin was a passenger.  He was taken into custody in the 2100 block of East South Boulevard.  He was placed in the county jail under a $50,000 bond.

Governor Hints at Medicaid Expansion

Oct 21, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley hinted Tuesday that his administration is considering expanding Medicaid in Alabama.  Bentley has previously opposed expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  The governor said Tuesday that he is "nudging toward expansion."  Proponents have argued that expanding Medicaid would add millions of federal dollars to the state's health care programs especially in rural counties.  

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Clinton Endorsement from African-American Mayors

Oct 20, 2015

The mayors of Birmingham and Tuskegee and the former mayor of Selma are among more than 50 African-American mayors so far who are endorsing ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.  Clinton visited Alabama on Saturday to give a speech to the Alabama Democratic Conference, a predominately black organization, in which she criticized Alabama's voter ID laws and the decision to close 31 driver's license satellite offices in the state.  

Silver-Haired Legislature

Rural Offices Slated to Reopen in November

Oct 20, 2015

The head of the state Law Enforcement Agency says 31 driver's license offices in 31 rural counties will reopen one day per month beginning November first.  ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier announced the time-frame Monday.  The changes come after a backlash over a state decision to close the satellite offices.  A legislator who heads the Rural Caucus in the Alabama House, David Standridge of Blount County, says its unfair for rural counties to be targeted because of budget cuts.  

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Montgomery Robbery Suspect in Custody

Oct 16, 2015

An arrest has been made in the robbery and shooting that occurred on October 4th in Montgomery.  Police say 35-year-old Nurodney McWilliams is charged with two counts of robbery and attempted murder.  He is accused of holding up a couple on Dobbs Circle and shooting one of the victims in the neck.  The injuries were described as life-threatening.  McWilliams is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a $60,000 bond.  

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Child Predator Jailed

Oct 16, 2015

Sex crimes against children have landed an Elmore County man in state prison.  At a Thursday hearing, Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds ordered 58-year-old Jon Fey of Coosada to serve 40 years in a state lockup.  Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston said Fey was convicted of multiple sex abuse offenses committed in September of 2014 against three girls between the ages of 4 and 17.  The DA said said the crimes occurred at Fey's residence in Coosada.  

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State Park Takeovers Begin

Oct 15, 2015

Even as five state parks in Alabama are scheduled to close Thursday, local authorities are making plans to take over three of them.  In Florala, for example, ownership of the state park there will revert back to the city.  A development that Florala Mayor Robert Williamson is excited about.  He says crews will begin Friday improving the landscaping of the park and the city will begin promoting the Rodney J. Evans Conference Center which is also part of the property.  Two other parks slated for closure, Paul M.

No Benefit Increase for Social Security

Oct 15, 2015

The federal government says there will be no benefit increase next year for millions of Social Security recipients disabled veterans and federal retirees.  It's just the third time in 40 years that benefits will remain flat.  The main reason for no increase next year is low gas prices.  By law, the annual cost of living adjustment or COLA is based on a government measure of inflation.  

Deadly Standoff

Montgomery City Council Members

Oct 14, 2015

Montgomery Probate Judge Stephen Reed says results from the Montgomery municipal and runoff elections have been officially certified.  Fred Bell, Brantley Lyons and William Green will officially take their seats on the City Council next month.  During Tuesday's city council meeting, Mayor Todd Strange said a orientation session starts Wednesday's morning.  Montgomery City Council members Tuesday night heard from activist Rose McCall, a member of the Montgomery Transportation Coalition.  McCall is urging city officials to consider adding routes to the VA Hospital and the Hyundai auto plant.

Closed Driver's License Offices May Reopen

Oct 13, 2015

The Bentley administration is considering a plan that would reopen 31 driver's license offices in rural counties.  The media website Al.com reports Governor Robert Bentley is seeking input from legislators on a proposal called a bridge loan that would take money from the governor's emergency fund to pay for staffing at offices that were closed by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.  The driver's licenses office closing have come under fire from black lawmakers who say 11 of the 31 offices targeted are located in Black Belt counties.  

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