Hundreds gathered last night for the 59th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott at the First Baptist Church on North Ripley Street. Keynote speaker for the event was the Rev. Dr. Clarence P. Noble, pastor of the Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Tuskegee. The commemoration was part of the Ralph D. Abernathy Civil Rights Lecture Series, sponsored by the Montgomery Improvement Association and the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University.
An Alabama minister was back in court Monday, fighting to keep his job after confessing he had affairs with several church members and did not tell them he has AIDS. Circuit Judge Charles Price says he'll rule within a week on whether the Rev. Juan McFarland can return to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery or whether a temporary ban from the church will become permanent.
At least five people lost their lives in traffic accidents over the long Thanksgiving Holiday period in central Alabama. It all started Thanksgiving day when two people died in a crash at a Montgomery intersection. Police say 78-year-old Loubertha Phyfier and 62-year-old Marion Lewis were killed when the car they were driving was struck by another vehicle at the corner of Rosa Parks Avenue and West Edgemont Avenue. 40-year-old Marquis Coleman of Montgomery has been charged with reckless murder and DUI in connection with the accident.
Alabama highways will be congested over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. State Troopers say they will enforce traffic laws and motorists can expect to encounter roadway checkpoints. Trooper Sgt. Steve Jarrett says a special emphasis will be placed on seatbelt and child restraint laws. Sgt. Jarrett said of the 11 people killed in traffic crashes last weekend, seven were not wearing a seatbelt.
Each year at this time, Alabama State Troopers remind motorists to buckle up as they head out to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family. But each year, traffic accidents claim lives or cause serious injury to people not using seatbelts. Sgt. Steve Jarrett with the Alabama law Enforcement Agency says the reasons people give for not strapping in run the gamut. Just this past weekend, 11 people were killed in crashes. Of those victims, seven were not wearing a seat belt. Sgt.
The looting, fires and street violence looks like a repeat of August, only worse, according to the police chief of St. Louis County, Missouri. The violence erupted after last night's announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Alabama State University Criminal Justice professor, Karen Taylor said a grand jury proceeding is suppose to be a secret process, but Taylor said it appeared the governor knew there would be no indictment.
Authorities say a car full of teenagers collided head-on with a police car in Elmore County last night, killing three teens and a sheriff's deputy. Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said the crash happened around 7:45 p.m. on Firetower Road about four miles east of Wetumpka. Authorities say a car driven by 16-year-old Austin Ryan Augustine collided with a cruiser being driven by Deputy James Bart Hart. Both drivers were killed along with two passengers, identified as 16-year-old Dylan Bieber and 16-year-old Hoyt Hardin.
Governor Robert Bentley says he wants to be upfront with voters. The state is facing a budget crisis and fixing it the right way will require changes that some people probably won't like. The governor said taxes are a last resort, but he believed the state would re-examine current tax deductions. That includes a tax break that only Alabama and a few other states give. Residents can now deduct their federal income taxes and FICA taxes that they pay when calculating their state income tax.
Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent, but it remains above the national average. Gov. Robert Bentley announced Alabama's rate declined from 6.6 percent in September to 6.3 percent in October. That's the same rate Alabama recorded a year ago. The October rate is higher than the national figure of 5.8 percent.
Two days after record cold temperatures were set in eight Alabama cities and towns, including Montgomery. The National Weather Service says we're in for a warming trend over the next few days. The warmer air is expected to bring a change of strong severe storms to the southern portions of central Alabama late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, forecasters say there is a threat of severe storms, including tornadoes, from 3 a.m. through noon on Sunday.