Some 75 people are making the historic trek from Selma to Montgomery this week. The group plans to walk about ten miles each day to reach the State Capitol this Friday where a rally is planned. Erica Fox, WJAB's News and Public Affairs Director is on the trail and tells WVAS, the marchers come from all walks of life. This past weekend, about 80,000 people attended festivities and events in Selma for the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March.
A week long march from Selma to Montgomery begins today along U.S. 80 as part of the 50th Anniversary commemoration of "Bloody Sunday." Selma Police and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency estimate that between 70-80 thousand people were in Selma Saturday and Sunday. Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell, whose district includes Selma, says the city's battle for civil rights is no different from other turbulent periods in history. The commemorations in Selma attracted a who's who list of public officials and celebrities, including author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson.
Authorities say a wanted Montgomery man is in police custody Thursday. According to a statement from CrimeStoppers of Central Alabama, 28-year-old Juan Daniels was apprehended Thursday by U.S. Marshals. Daniel had been on the run since he was named a primary suspect in the death of 6-year-old Aiden Howard. The first grader was critically injured February 12th when a sport utility vehicle crashed through an apartment building at the Plaza at Centennial Hill complex off Highland Avenue.
Tax reform, more money for prisons, expanding Pre-Kindergarten, business development, revamping Medicaid and strengthening protection for victims of domestic violence are among the issues singled out Tuesday night by Governor Robert Bentley. It was the governor's fifth State of the State address.
The Alabama Legislature met Tuesday for its first day of the 2015 regular session. Both chambers wrapped up in less than two hours after dozens of bills received their first reading. Governor Robert Bentley will deliver his State of the State address Tuesday evening when it is expected he will make the case for his tax and revenue package. Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed of Jasper says Senate Republicans are prepared to listen. Senate Minority Leader Quinton Ross of Montgomery says his party may be in the minority, but it's important that their voice be heard.
The Montgomery Department of Public Safety says the seven people injured in a ten vehicle pile-up on Interstate 65 are expected to recover. Initially, police said three of the victims had suffered life threatening injuries. Three tractor-trailers and seven passenger cars collided near the Hyundai Boulevard exit ramp Monday morning. Three people were killed, their names are being withheld by authorities.
Three people were killed in a major accident on Interstate 65 Monday morning that involved ten vehicles. The wreck reportedly happened near the Hyundai Boulevard exit. Montgomery Public Safety spokesperson Martha Earnhardt says it took most of the morning to clear the roadway. The names of those killed have not been released. The man, woman and child were all in the same vehicle. Injuries to three other people were considered critical and still four other individuals received non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the accident remains under investigation.
Selma will be in the national spotlight this week when thousands of people will descend on the west Alabama city to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. On Sunday afternoon, some 2,000 people, black and white, participated in a "Unity Walk" across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to kick off the commemorative civil rights march. Selma residents walked behind a large quilt sewn by citizens who were living in Selma during the 1960s. President Obama and former President George W.
Governor Robert Bentley says Alabama is in a budget crisis and is asking legislators to approve $541 million tax increase. Bentley unveiled proposals Friday that include an 82.5 cent per pack cigarette tax increase and raising the sales taxes on automobile purchases from 2 to 4 percent. Bentley says he has been opposed to tax increases most of his life, but he says "there is nothing more conservative" than the state getting its fiscal house in order. The governor is also proposing to shift earmarks from $187 million in state funds so they can be applied in other areas.
Governor Bentley says he will lay out his plans today to address a shortfall in the state General Fund budget, proposals that could put him at odds with some in his own political party. Bentley has said the state has no choice but to raise taxes and he plans to hold a news conference today at the State Capitol. The governor said last week that he plans to seek $700 million in taxes and revenue. He's also said cuts and consolidations can no longer keep the General Fund afloat. The legislative session begins Tuesday.