Alabama State University's first female president has assumed her duties. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd arrived at her new office today. Dr. Boyd replaces longtime President Emeritus William Harris who first joined ASU as president in 1994.
A suspicious package that briefly shut down parts of Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama contained only food. Officials at the base in Montgomery said the package was found during a routine inspection Friday and initially tested positive for explosives. Security officials opened the package and realized it contained only food. All activities on the base have returned to normal.
Alabama State Troopers say seven people have died in traffic crashes caused by icy conditions that left thousands of drivers stranded across the state. Troopers say a Montgomery man was killed Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Chilton County. Troopers say 43-year-old Desi Patterson of Montgomery died when the vehicle he was driving slid out of control on an icy road and crashed into a tree. The deadly wreck occurred about 5 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 82, four miles west of Billingsley.
A winter storm is taking shape for the deep South, another very cold arctic air mass will settle into central Alabama through Wednesday. Upper level disturbances interacting with the advancing cold air will produce some wintry precipitation which could include freezing rain and sleet, but mainly snow. Montgomery Public Works Director Chris Conway said preparations are already in place.
The South is bracing itself for a big fall today. Arctic air is expected to bring in another deep freeze and could usher in light snow, freezing raid and sleet. Forecasters say the polar blast will send wind chills plummeting in some places. The National Weather Service says it's a persistent cold pattern and not a polar vortex, a system of winds that circulate around the North Pole that will push its way into Alabama later today. Meteorologists have issues a winter storm watch for much of Alabama that begins Tuesday morning and runs through late Tuesday night. Residents are urged to s
Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.1 percent. The last time Alabama has a rate at or below 6.1 percent was October 2008, when the rate was 5.9 percent. The state Labor Department says December's rate of 6.1 percent compares to 6.2 percent in November and 6.8 percent a year ago. Alabama's rate is below the national average of 6.7 percent.
Bitterly cold temperatures overnight and early this morning are expected too give way to a slow warm -up today. However, the mercury is expected to remain around the freezing mark during the day across much of Alabama, particularly in northern parts of the state. Temperatures before dawn dipped to 5 in Haleyville; 8 in Huntsville and 11 in Muscle Shoals, in Montgomery, the thermometer was in the low 20s. The National Weather Service said today's high will only reach the upper 30s.
Federal officials declared the conditions at Tutwiler Prison for Women as unconstitutional in a report released last week. Members of the Alabama Legislature are in talks with the Council of State Governments on conducting a study of the entire state prison system. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston said the charges within the Justice Department report are very concerning. Marsh said he expects the study to be complete by the end of the regular session. He hopes recommendations will be made regarding Tutwiler specifically and the overcrowding issue in Alabama's prisons at la
Alabama's coldest temperatures of the week are expected early Friday morning, with lows dropping into the single-digits in northern parts of the state. The National Weather Service will issue a wind chill advisory in effect from 9 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. for several counties in north Alabama counties. In those areas, forecasters say the wind chill value could be as low as 8 degrees below zero in higher elevations. Wind chill advisories will also be issued for parts of central and southern Alabama.