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   A Celebration of the life of Lucy Baxley is planned for Wednesday in Montgomery. The former Lt. Governor died Friday at the age of 78.  It's been announced that visitation is taking place at two locations on two different days. The first occurs Tuesday evening in Pelham from 6 to 8 o’clock. Then on Wednesday, visitation is set for 9 to 11am in Montgomery at Frazer United Methodist Church on the Atlanta Highway. That is also where a Celebration Service in honor of Baxley is being held immediately following visitation. Lucy Baxley was Alabama’s first female lt. governor.

The acting head of the Alabama Supreme Court has asked suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove his personal items from the state courthouse and turn in his building keys. Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart asked Moore to remove his items and return his keys by Oct. 18. The Supreme Court letterhead also appeared to have had Moore's name removed from the list of justices. A judicial panel suspended Moore for the remainder of his term after finding he urged state probate judges to defy the federal courts on gay marriage. Moore's attorney released the letters Thursday.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley joined state education experts Thursday to announce the annual Alabama’s College Readiness and Advance Placement program.  According to the Alabama State Department of Education and A+ College Ready, Alabama ranks number one in percent growth in qualifying scores in AP courses over the last eight years.  Education experts say more Alabama high school students are challenging themselves in all AP courses. 

Kwast speaks at Eggs and Issues

Oct 13, 2016

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce presented its Eggs and Issues Breakfast this morning at the RSA Activities Center, General Steven Kwast, Commander and President of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base discussed the national security challenges facing the nation. Kwast says because of the recent cyber innovations in the city, the River Region can stay ahead of cyber enemies. Since the launch of the Internet Exchange, the City of Montgomery has become the fastest internet connection. 

Auburn Man Dies After Being Hit by SUV

Oct 13, 2016

Auburn police are looking into a fatal accident involving a pedestrian. The wreck happened around 7:40 Wednesday night on South College Street near Harmon Drive.  Investigators tell local media that a 51 year old Auburn man was struck by an SUV as he crossed South College Street. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The 33 year old driver of the SUV is said to have remained on the scene until police arrived. The victim’s name has not been released while police contact next of kin.

Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a "No Burn Order," prohibiting all outdoor burning for 46 counties in north and central Alabama.  The No Burn Order makes it illegal for anyone to start a fire or have an open flame, including something as a campfire, in any forest, grassy area or wooded area.  Anyone caught starting a fire in one of the 46 counties could be charged by police and face a fine of $250-$500.  There is also a possibility that the person could face a 6-month jail sentence.  

Donations of sneakers are being accepted for recycling at Alabama State University.  The environmental awareness initiative is host by the campus chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, ASU's Health Physical Education Recreation and Nike's Reuse program.  The deadline for donations is October 27th; sneakers can be dropped off inside ASU's Dunn-Oliver Acadome near room 239.  

   Alabama State University has announced a full slate of events for the 93rd Turkey Day Classic. The Classic and the Hornet Homecoming celebration will offer some favorite traditions as well as new events. Making debuts this year is a Celebrity Golf Tournament, Entrepreneur Summit and the Steve Harvey “Bobby-Que” contest. Of course the Turkey Day Classic Parade is back as well as concerts, alumni events and the football game itself. Among those performing during the week of November 19 thru the 24th, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and KEM and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

Fire Alert Issued for 46 Counties in Alabama

Oct 11, 2016

Forestry officials are banning outside burning across most of Alabama because of the threat of wildfires. Coleen Vansant of the Alabama Forestry Commission says the fire alert took effect Monday and covers 46 of the state's 67 counties. The fire alert means no outside fires are allowed in the region. Officials hope it will stem the spread of wildfires in drought-plagued areas of the state. Vansant says the ban will remain in effect until Alabama receives the substantial amount of rain that will be needed to reduce the threat of wildfires.

Investigation Launched into Alabama's Prison System

Oct 7, 2016

   The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into conditions within Alabama's troubled prison system. The department says its investigation will focus on safety in men's prisons and whether inmates are protected from physical harm and abuse. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said in a statement that the U.S. Constitution requires humane conditions for prisoners. Alabama's prison system has come under criticism for crowding and recent outbreaks of violence. State prisons house nearly twice the number of inmates they were originally designed to hold.