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Forecasters say rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey could reach Alabama in coming days.  The National Weather Service says isolated showers and thunderstorms could reach north Alabama by Tuesday night.  High winds and heavy rainfall are possible.  In South Alabama, forecasters say there's an elevated risk of flooding along rivers and creeks starting Tuesday as rain chances increase.  

The four finalists for Alabama State University President are set to be on campus today for interviews and meetings. The candidates will meet with various groups throughout the day like alumni and community members; students, ASU faculty and staff; and the board of trustees. The Presidential Search Committee has an hour scheduled with each candidate for interviews. The four finalists are Dr. Robert Mock – formerly the president of Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina; Dr. Willie Larking – former president of Grambling State from 2015 to 2016; Dr.

   The Alabama State University Presidential Search Committee has announced a series of meetings with the finalists for university president. The candidates will meet with various groups at scheduled times throughout the day on Thursday starting at 8am and ending at 4:30pm. The candidates have been identified as Dr. Tony Atwater, Dr. Willie Larkin, Dr. Robert Mock and Dr. Quinton Ross. They will meet with the ASU Board of Trustees, the search committee, faculty/staff, students and alumni, and community members. The four finalists will also be given a tour of the campus. 

Alabama Unemployment Rate Drops in July

Aug 18, 2017

 Alabama's unemployment rate has fallen to 4.5 percent. A news release from the state says the jobless rate dipped one-tenth of a percent in July from June. That puts the current rate well below the unemployment rate of one year ago, when it was 5.8 percent. Alabama's jobless rate remains worse than the national rate, which has fallen to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. But a statement from Gov. Kay Ivey says there are fewer unemployed people in Alabama than there have been in a decade. The July rate represents about 96,251 unemployed persons in Alabama, down from 100,187 in June.

The city of Birmingham and its mayor are being sued by Alabama's attorney general for obscuring a Confederate monument in a downtown park. Steve Marshall, in a statement, said "The city of Birmingham does not have the right to violate a new law protecting such markers and leaves my office with no choice but to file suit." Legislators passed a law earlier this year prohibiting the removal of historical structures including rebel memorials. Birmingham Mayor William Bell had ordered the city's 52-foot-tall Confederate obelisk in Linn Park Memorial covered with wooden panels.

Strange and Moore Headed to September Runoff

Aug 16, 2017

Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore are headed to a Republican primary runoff to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The two men, who represent different factions within the Alabama Republican Party, will face off in a Sept. 26 runoff. Strange was appointed to the Senate seat in February by then governor Robert Bentley. He was unable to escape a runoff despite being buoyed by an endorsement by President Donald Trump. Moore harnessed his support among evangelical voters to secure a spot in the runoff.

Polls have opened across Alabama as voters cast ballots in party primary elections for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Republican Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the post temporarily, is seeking to fight off challengers that include former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks. President Donald Trump has endorsed Strange and recorded automatic phone calls on his behalf. Brooks has criticized Strange's backing by a super political action committee tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

   Alabama Schools Superintendent Michael Sentance provided his response yesterday to an unflattering evaluation from the State Board of Education. Last month all but one board member gave the superintendent low marks for his job performance thus far. Sentance told the board his administration already has a string of accomplishments. Some of the achievements Sentance touted include creating the first office of school improvement, creating a strategic improvement plan and developing plans to better teacher education programs.

   Montgomery Police have arrested two people in connection with a homicide from last year. The fatal shooting happened in the 300 block of Burgwyn Road on November 12 of 2016. That’s where 31 year old Jacurtis Howard was found shot to death. Police have now charged 29 year old Raheem Brown and 20 year John Turner with capital murder in the incident. The two Montgomery men are being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond. Investigators believe Howard was shot during the course of being robbed. 

Students in the Montgomery Public School system will start a new year Thursday and the MPS Transportation Department says  they are making sure everything is in order before the first routes is taken. WVAS News Reporter Brittney Jones-Dabney spoke with MPS officials regarding bus safety. 

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Other safety steps include:

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