Montgomery, Alabama – Hyundai Motors Manufacturing is struggling with declining sales. The Montgomery plant reports December 2008 sales were down over 48 percent in comparison with December 2007 figures.
In an attempt to boost sales, Hyundai is out with a new program aimed at encouraging people to buy Hyundai vehicles. It's called the Hyundai Assurance Program, and it basically allows people who are leasing or buying a Hyundai financed vehicles to return them - if they fall on hard economic times.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn has named Trooper Taylor assistant head coach in charge of wide receivers. Taylor was Oklahoma State's co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach last season. Auburn coach Gene Chizik says Taylor is familiar with the Southeastern Conference and is a tremendous recruiter.
January 5,2009 – The Montgomery City Council meets tonight, no doubt declining sales tax revenues will be on the minds of Council members.
Sales tax collections in the capital city for November 2008 were down 14 percent from November 2007 figures. The decline in sales tax revenue means the city will have less to spend on city government functions.
City Council President Charles Jinright has been sworn in as interim mayor. Jinright says that budget adjustments are likely.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - National Weather Service meteorologists urge Alabamians to monitor weather conditions today. A large storm system will move across the state in front of an approaching cold front. Meteorologists said the system has the potential to spawn severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong gusty winds. Isolated tornadoes are also possible. Numerous flood watches and flood warnings have also been issued for much of the state.
Selma, AL – Selma police are investigating a weekend shooting that left a 16-year old boy dead. Authorities said Rahemeen Garner died Saturday from a gunshot wound to the chest. Police said Garner was shot by another teenager late Friday night. A 17-year old male was arrested and faces a murder charge. Officials declined to identify the suspected gunman because of his age. But Selma Police Chief William T. Riley said its likely the juvenile will be charged as an adult.