According to the American Farm Bureau Federation the coast of a classic Thanksgiving meal this year is just over $49 dollars. That's a decrease of nearly 44 cents from last year which Federation economist John Anderson says is almost completely attributable to the price of the turkey. Anderson says stable energy prices and a year without drought has helped hold prices in check.
Sheriff's Department officials in Pike County have been searching for the suspect who fatally shot a gas station clerk during an armed robbery in the town of Spring Hill. According to Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas, Deputies responded to the Hill Mart Gas Station on Highway 167 Saturday night just after 8 p.m.
Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the burning of Flip's Uptown Grill on the Atlanta Highway last month. Investigators say the three males, two 16 and one 17, have each been charged with arson and burglary. The juveniles are believed to have set the fire to cover up the burglary. They've all been placed in the Montgomery County Youth Detention Facility. The restaurant was just weeks away from celebrating its 20th anniversary at that location when the fire occurred. The owner tells the Montgomery Advertiser he does plan to reopen.
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy's life was cut short by an assassin's bullet, Alabama State University will mark the day with a solemn ceremony at the ASU Library off North University Drive. Today's citywide commemoration will feature remarks by Boston native, Father Thomas McQuillen, pastor of St. Jude Church.
Alabama's parole board has approved of granting posthumous pardons in the "Scottsboro Boys" rape case. The board made the decision Thursday for three black men whose convictions were never overturned in the 1930's case. Nine black males were wrongly accused of raping two white women in northeast Alabama in 1931. The men were convicted and all but the youngest were sentenced to death. Five of the cases were overturned in 1937, and one received a pardon before his death in 1976.
Boeing is considering Huntsville, Alabama for a new aircraft assembly plant. Governor Robert Bentley met with Boeing executives Tuesday as the company looks for a location to build the 777x. The state is already home to aircraft manufacturer Airbus's first U.S. based production facility in Mobile. Even though Airbus is a Boeing competitor, Governor Bentley believes there's room for both in the state. Other states are also in contention for the assembly plant. An announcement could come by early next year.
The city of Montgomery is cracking down on unlicensed drivers. The Montgomery City Council, on an 8-1 vote last night, approved a so-called towing ordinance. The new city law would allow Montgomery police to tow the vehicle of unlicensed drivers who are involved in traffic accidents. Individuals who are cited would be responsible for all fees. The towing ordinance also applies to motorists whose drivers licenses are canceled, suspended and revoked. The towing ordinance goes into effect in January.
The Save Ourselves Movement for Democracy and Justice hosted a rally Tuesday asking Governor Robert Bentley to expand Medicaid in the state. Johnny Ford, Mayor of Tuskegee says the fight for healthcare is a universal issue. The S.O.S movement claims less-fortunate people of all races will suffer if Medicaid is not extended. Governor Bentley has repeatedly contended that the state cannot afford to expand the program.
Voters in parts of the city of Montgomery will decide the outcome of a Republican runoff in House District 74 between Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos and Charlotte Meadows, the former president of the Montgomery County School Board. The polling places close at 7 p.m.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he used his trip to Japan to strengthen existing relationships with Japan to strengthen existing relationships with Japanese companies. Bentley told reporters that his five-day trip focused mostly on relationship building, but also included some economic development and recruitment opportunities. Bentley says he met with top executives from Honda and Toyota, both of which have operations in Alabama.