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A state panel has refused to dismiss an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, sending him to a trial-like proceeding on Sept. 28. The Court of the Judiciary on Monday denied Moore's request to dismiss the complaint that he violated ethical standards for judges with a January memo to probate judges regarding same-sex marriage. The court also denied the Judicial Inquiry's Commission's request to go ahead and remove Moore from office. Moore told probate judges in January that a March Alabama Supreme Court order to deny marriage licenses to gay couples remained in effect.

Health insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield is seeking to raise its Affordable Care Act plans by as much as 40 percent.  The insurance company released a statement Monday saying in part, that the 2017 proposed rates have been submitted to the Alabama Department of Insurance for its individual and small business plans that are compliant with the Affordable Care Act.  The statement also says the proposal does not apply to Blue Cross members with Medicare plans or employer-based plans with more than 50 workers.  The potential hike would impact nearly 200,000 people.  

WVAS 90.7 FM public radio station will be presenting its Second Annual Nat King Cole Society Jazz Festival on Sunday, Sept. 4th.  Artists will include Montgomery's Ron Handy, King Bee and headliner Maysa performing a tribute to Natalie and Nat King Cole.  The performances will be held at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in downtown Montgomery, gates open at 3 p.m. with performances starting at 4 p.m.  Tickets are $20 for adults, or $35 for festival and cruise, children 12 and under are one dollar.

Dozens of students learned about snakes Friday at the Gross Out Camp in Millbrook.  The Gross Out Camp teaches students about biology through hands on experience.  The camp at the Alabama Wildlife Federation is in partnership with Fresh Air Family, an outdoor education nonprofit agency.  The camp held at the Natureplex at the Alabama Wildlife Federation is sponsored by the Beasley Allen Law Firm.  

Federal Judge Dismisses Moore's Lawsuit

Aug 5, 2016

   U-S District Judge Harold Albritton has thrown out Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s lawsuit against the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission. The federal judge dismissed the suit in an order Thursday. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary is considering judicial ethics charges that could lead to Moore's ouster, and Albritton writes that the state process should continue without federal court interference. Moore sued the Commission in May saying it violated his rights by suspending him when it filed the ethics charges. Moore asked Albritton to let him resume work as chief justice.

The Alabama Retail Association is encouraging consumers to shop local during the back-to-school sales tax holiday.  The holiday begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday at midnight.  Alabama Retail Association Communications Manager Melissa Warnke says the "Shop Alabama Initiative" is underway.  Eligible items include clothing priced at $100 or less, school supplies at $50 or less, books at $30 or less and computers and computer equipment selling at $750 or less.    

Arrest Made in Stabbing Death

Aug 4, 2016

Montgomery police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal stabbing Tuesday. 21 year old Corwin Walker has been charged with one count of capitol murder. Police say 75 year old Thomas Shaw Jr. of Wetumpka was found stabbed to death in the 25-hundred block of Highland Avenue Tuesday morning. Investigators say it appears the incident stemmed from a robbery attempt. Walker has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond.

Supporters of immigration reform gathered on the steps of the Alabama Statehouse Wednesday in Montgomery.  The "Reason for Reform" immigration campaign featured education, small business and immigrant advocacy leaders giving their perspectives on immigration.  The event was hosted by several organizations including the "Partnership for a New Economy."  

Governor is Optimistic Lottery Will Pass

Aug 3, 2016

   Governor Robert Bentley says he is cautiously optimistic that his proposal for a state lottery will pass in an upcoming special session. The governor made his remarks at a cabinet meeting on children’s issues today. Bentley admits he is not a fan of lotteries, but says too many state services are at stake.  The governor says he will push for a simple lottery bill that does not include casino gambling. He fears that if casinos are included, the legislation will die. Since it is a constitutional amendment, the proposal needs to pass both chambers by at least 60 percent.

The Alabama parole board denied the last surviving Birmingham church bomber's first attempt to get out of prison. Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., an 86-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman is serving a life sentence for the Sept. 15, 1963 bombing that killed four young black girls in Birmingham, Alabama. Killed that morning as they primped after Sunday school class were Denise McNair, 11, and Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, all 14. The hearing Wednesday was attended by several people including the older sister of Carole Robertson, Edwina Diana Robertson Braddock.