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Special Session Begins September 8th

Sep 1, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley is calling a special session next week to try once again to pass a state budget.  The governor announced he is bringing lawmakers back to Montgomery on September 8th.  The regular session and a first special session ended in a deadlock over proposed solutions to a projected general fund budget shortfall.  Bentley has proposed raising $300 million in new taxes to resolve the budget rather than make cuts to state agencies.  

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A Montgomery police officer and his wife were arrested Sunday morning and charged with domestic violence.  Dan Barrett, 23-year-old and Trudy Barrett 30-year-old, were both charged with one count each of domestic violence third-degree, a misdemeanor, according to Montgomery police.  They were both transported to Montgomery City Jail.  Bail amounts weren't released.  Dan Barrett joined the Montgomery police force in 2014.  Montgomery police have started termination proceedings against the officer.  

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Kris Tamulis Wins 1st LPGA Title

Aug 31, 2015

Kris Tamulis is the winner of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, her first LPGA title after 11 years on the tour.  Tamulis played 29 holes Sunday in the twice-delayed tournament.  She closed with a 65 to beat Yani Tseng and Austin Ernst by a stroke.  The 34-year-old former Florida State player finished at 17 under 271 on the Senator course.  Tamulis pockets a $195,000 first prize.  

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Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley Files for Divorce

Aug 28, 2015

Alabama's first lady has filed for divorce from Governor Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown."  The complaint, filed Friday, says that attempts at reconciliation are futile and that the couple has been living apart since January.  A lawyer for Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley wrote that her client says " there is such a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together."  The Bentleys have been married since 1965 and have four adult sons.  There's been no comment from the governor's office.

Guilty Verdict in Capital Murder Case

Aug 28, 2015

A Montgomery man will serve life in prison without parole following his conviction in a capital murder case.  District Attorney Daryl Bailey said a circuit jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday against 28-year-old Enrico Cornley.  The DA said Cronley was convicted of killing 19-year-old Roy Buskey in November 2013 at his Virginia Downs residence.  Testimony showed the victim was shot in the chest in an argument over a cell phone.  Jurors rejected Cornley's claim of self-defense and that he is mentally impaired.  

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Charter School Commission Meeting

Aug 27, 2015

Members of the newly appointed Alabama Public Charter Schools Commission gathered in Montgomery for an organizational meeting Thursday.  Those present were given an overview on charter school legislation and what role the panel will play in the approval process. As its first act, the commission elected former Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson as its chairman.  Applications for public charter school start-ups are due by February first of 2016.  All approved applicants can begin their planning for opening in school year 2017-18.  

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Hyles Files: Mystery Melon

Aug 27, 2015

September 2, 2015 episode

WVAS-FM Senior Correspondent Marcus Hyles gives his views on varies topics. Winner of both AP and Alabama Broadcast Association Awards. 

Listen to Hyles Files every Wednesday at 7:30am and 5:30pm  CST on 90.7 WVAS-FM

Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who championed voting rights for blacks throughout her life, died Wednesday at age 104.  It was Robinson who invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to participate in a voting rights march in Selma in 1965, then was nearly beat to death during the march, which came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."  Robinson also became the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama.  Her son, Bruce Boynton, said she had been hospitalized after suffering multiple strokes and died Wednesday morning in Montgomery.  

Victim Identified In Tractor Trailer Crash

Aug 25, 2015

Police have identified the man killed in a crash on Hyundai Boulevard Monday.  They say 29-year-old Maurice Perry of Montgomery died at the scene where two 18-wheelers collided near the Hyundai Assembly Plant.  He drove one of the trucks.  The driver of the second tractor-trailer was not seriously injured.  Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash.  

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The fight over redistricting is headed back to federal court. A three-judge federal panel will hear arguments Tuesday in Montgomery over whether legislators relied too much on race when they drew legislative district lines.  A divided U.S. Supreme Court in March sent the map back for an additional review.  The Legislative Black Caucus had challenged the lines that were drawn by the newly elected GOP legislative majority.  Black lawmakers said Republicans "stacked and packed" black voters into designated minority districts, limiting their ability to influence elections elsewhere.