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Governor Considers Special Legislative Session

May 11, 2016

Gov. Robert Bentley hasn't ruled out the possibility of a special legislative session over Medicaid funding and other issues, but says legislators need some vacation time before he makes that decision.  Bentley on Wednesday said he would decide on a special session in the "next couples of months."  The governor says Medicaid funding is short $85 million, at a "minimum."  Bentley's remarks come just days before House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics trial jury selection is scheduled to begin.  

Tallassee Fire Investigation Continues

May 10, 2016

Authorities in Tallassee are now asking for the public's help in the investigation into a major fire that claimed a historic Tallassee landmark last week.  The massive blaze ignited late Wednesday night at the Mount Vernon Mill building and required more than 100 firefighters to extinguish.  Investigators have described the fire as suspicious since the structure had been vacant for years and there was no electricity there.

Phenix City Man Faces Murder Charge

May 10, 2016

Authorities say a Phenix City man faces a murder charge in the killing of a Georgia man at an eastern Alabama nightclub.  Eufaula police said in a statement that 20-year-old Sandarius Tremain Lewis was apprehended in Phenix City and has been charged with first-degree murder.  Police say 22-year-old Devanta Deon Davis of Georgetown, Georgia, was shot to death early Sunday morning at the Jazzy Bones club in Eufaula.  Police say they received several 911 calls indicating that someone had been shot inside the club.  

Madison Execution Scheduled for Thursday

May 10, 2016

The state of Alabama is asking a federal judge to allow an execution to move forward later this week.  The state attorney general's office filed documents Monday opposing a bid by 65-year-old Vernon Madison to postpone his execution, now scheduled for Thursday.  Madison's lawyers claim strokes and dementia have left the prisoner incompetent to face lethal injection for killing a Mobile police officer in 1985.  But prosecutors say an expert determined Madison understands the court process and the reason he's facing the death sentence despite a stroke.

Fatal Crash in Dallas County

May 9, 2016

A crash Saturday night in Dallas County took the life of a Selma man.  State Troopers report that a two-vehicle crash happened on U.S. Highway 80 near the 90 mile marker around 9:40 p.m. when a motorcycle and SUV collided.  Authorities say Carl Lewis Greene Jr., the operator of the motorcycle, was killed in the accident.  The driver of the SUV was not hurt.  No word on what caused the wreck.  

ADPH Zika Virus Safety Plan

May 9, 2016

The Alabama Department of Public Health is working on a plan to keep Alabamians safe from the Zika virus.  The mosquito borne virus is becoming more common in South and Central America, and some U.S. territories like Puerto Rico.  The virus is primarily transferred through bites from the Aedes species of mosquitoes, but may also be spread through sexual contact and blood transfusions, according to the department.  State health leaders say they've aggressively moving forward to educate the public if the virus does not make its way to Alabama.  

ASU Hosts Bell Vigil

May 6, 2016

Alabama State University student Demetrius Bell was remembered by friends and family at a candlelight vigil last evening.  The service was held at the site of the accident that took his life earlier this week on Jackson Street.  The vigil was organized by the ASU Student Government Association.  Alcohol was cited as a contributing factor in the accident.  The driver was arrested on murder charges Wednesday.  

DAV Mobile Service Office

May 6, 2016

Providing veterans with resource information is the focus of the Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office.  The mobile service works with veterans and their families offering assistance with filing claims and counseling.  The mobile unit will travel to Dothan, Bay Minette, Enterprise and Tuskegee next week; Montgomery's National Service Office Assistant Supervisor, Charles Lobbell suggests participants bring any related documents they may have. The service provided by the non profit organization is free to veterans and their families.  

Governor Considers State Abortion Legislation

May 6, 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has until mid-May to decide on legislation that could shutter two of the state's largest abortion providers.  The Republican-held House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would deny licenses to clinics within 2,000 feet of K-8 public schools, in addition to legislation banning a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure.  Proponents of the school proximity bill say it's a safeguard to keep schoolchildren away from the "disturbing" sight of anti-abortion protests outside of clinics.

Bentley Continues Push for Prison Construction

May 6, 2016

Governor Robert Bentley says he is disappointed in the failure of his prison construction bill, but said he will not give up on the issue.  The governor said Thursday that he would not rule out a special session at some point, but added that it would not be anytime soon.  Bentley's proposal to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to build new prisons failed on the final night of the legislative session.  Senators approved a scaled-backed $550 million plan.  The House did not vote on the bill.  Bentley said prison conditions and overcrowding remain a major problem.