A preliminary budget was presented at a working session of the state Board of Education Thursday. The operating expenses alone are expected to reach over $200 million dollars. State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice says board members and legislators will have to figure out where to direct the available funds. The largest request increases come in the areas of health insurance, transportation and support personnel. The board will take up the budget at its next regular meeting in November.
A horrific crash on a Montgomery area interstate left one person dead and three others injured Wednesday afternoon. Montgomery police said a car cross the median on Interstate 85 north, just past the Perry Hill Road overpass. Police said the driver was killed when he crashed into a sport utility vehicle traveling on I-85 South. Three passengers in the SUP were treated for injuries that were not considered life threatening. The accident shut down all traffic on I-85 South from Ann Street to East Boulevard for several hours. The identity of the deceased driver and the people injured has
Alabama's teacher of the year for 2013 was in Washington D.C. Wednesday speaking at a symposium on Common Core standards. Suzanne Culbreath is a supporter of the standards, particularly Alabama's version-called Alabama College and Career Ready standards. Culbreath was an outspoken advocate of the standards during an attempt to repeal them during this year's state legislative session. Opponents worry that the standards represent a federal intrusion into the curriculum of individual states.
Alabama's Secretary of State want to ensure that all registered voters have the proper identification for next year's elections. Jim Bennett issued his final rules Tuesday for implementing the photo ID law in 2014. Bennett says his office will make free ID cards available through mobile vans, county board of registrars' offices and the state Department of Senior Services. Those are expected to be available by January. The new law requires that voters show a photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport or student ID from a university.
Two men are behind bars today in connection with Monday's fatal shooting of 36-year-old Clem Hill of Montgomery. Montgomery Police Detectives have charged 34-year-old Ryshawn London and 27-year-old George Cole, both of Montgomery, with one count each of murder. Hill was shot to death Monday afternoon outside a Liberty gas station on West Edgemont Avenue. Authorities said the shooting stemmed from an argument and ongoing dispute between the victim and the two suspects. London and Cole were placed in the Montgomery County Jail. Bond was set at $75,000.
Montgomery police are asking for the public's help in the city's latest homicide. Emergency personnel responded to the 900 block of West Edgemont Avenue at around 1:45 Monday afternoon on a report of a subject shot. An adult male was pronounced dead at the scene. The preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed from an argument. No arrests have been made. Police are asking anyone with information of the homicide to call them at 625-2831 or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP. This is Montgomery's 41st murder of the year.
State health and law enforcement officials are asking the public to get rid of potentially dangerous prescription drugs that are expired, unused or unwanted. They are working with police and sheriffs' department in many towns to set up drop-off points for Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26th. Officials say the program is free and anonymous. A list of drop-off sites is available on the state health department's website.
Of the 565 people that have been tested for Tuberculosis at Alabama State University over the last week, nine tested positive for the disease, according to public health officials. But none of those are believed to be an active case like the one that triggered the screenings of almost 600 students and faculty deemed to have come into close contact with student. Director of the Tuberculosis Control Division of the Alabama Department of Public Health Pam Fortner says it's no uncommon for a small percentage of the population to carry TB in a dormant form. Fortner says only 25 individuals re
A judge in Dothan has ruled that gambling machines that were seized from Center Stage are illegal. The ruling allows that state to destroy the 691 machines and to keep the nearly $289,000 in cash that was seized in a raid last year. The operators of Center State had argued they were legal electronic bingo machines. But Circuit Judge Michael Conaway issued a ruling Thursday siding with Attorney General Luther Strange's argument that they were illegal.
The barriers have come down at federal memorials and national parks and furloughed federal workers have returned to work today after 16 days off the job. Only two members of the Alabama Congressional delegation, Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell, supported a bill to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's debt ceiling.