Wetumpka Police were called to the scene of a fatal crash on Highway 231 Monday. WSFA is reporting that four vehicles collided when a vehicle veered off the southbound side into the northbound lanes. One person was pronounced dead at the scene near Blue Ridge Road. Three others were taken to a local hospital. No word on the extent of their injuries. Traffic on the northbound side of 231 was closed for nearly three hours due to the accident.
Governor Robert Bentley signed an executive order Monday creating the Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force. The 38 member team will work to address chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes. Governor Bentley says the task force is also charged with improving access to healthcare and more affordable health care. The task force will include doctors, nurses, dentists and mental health care professionals.
A Montgomery police officer who died in a traffic accident over the weekend will be laid to rest on Wednesday. Officer David Colley was responding to a call around 6 a.m. Saturday when his vehicle crashed into an 18 wheeler near the intersection of Narrow Lane Road and East South Boulevard. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Funeral services for the 24-year-old Colley of Eclectic will be held Wednesday at Good Hope Baptist Church in Eclectic at 2 p.m. Visitation takes place Tuesday at the same church from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Starting in April, more detailed tornado warnings are coming to Central and North Alabama. The National Weather Service office in Birmingham is adopting the new Impact-Based warnings after positive reviews from test areas in other parts of the country. Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the Birmingham office emphasizes that the change is in the wording only, not in warning philosophy.
Governor Robert Bentley spend much of the last week or so making speeches across the state to drum up support for his $541 million dollar tax proposal. House budget chairman Steve Clouse said legislators are responding negatively to Bentley's ideas. Clouse said Bentley's proposed tobacco tax increase has the most favorable outlook, but he doubted legislators would approve the 82 cents per pack increase Bentley is seeking. The Alabama Legislature returns from spring break Tuesday.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has promised not to accept a paycheck until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent. Governor Bentley is getting closer to collecting a salary, but he's not there yet. The state announced Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in February.
President Obama used a visit to Alabama's largest city to promote policies that he said would protect working families, including new proposed regulations for payday lenders. In a speech Thursday at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Mr. Obama said a lender should first make sure that a borrower can afford to pay the money back. The president also said proposed federal rules would protect consumers from being stuck in a cycle of debt.
Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry. In excerpts of remarks for delivery in Birmingham, President Obama praised the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its proposal to set standards on a multibillion-dollar industry that has historically been regulated only at the state level. President Obama has been speaking at Birmingham's Lawson State Community College.
Thousands of people form all backgrounds and races descended on the Alabama Capitol Wednesday afternoon. The crowd estimated at 3,000 or more gathered at the Capitol steps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the final leg of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The marchers, escorted by dozens of Montgomery police officers on motorcycles, retraced the final three mile route from Saint Jude Catholic Church on Dexter Avenue. The huge crowd heard remarks from dozens of elected officials. The keynote address delivered by the Reverend Dr.
All the preparations have been made, and now the city of Montgomery is ready to commemorate the final leg of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The city has announced street closings along the march route. Oak Street between Fairview Avenue and West Jefferson Davis Avenue. West Jefferson Davis Avenue between Oak and South Holt Street. South Holt Street between West Jefferson Davis Avenue and Day Street. Day Street from Holt Street to Mobile Street. Mobile Street to Five Points, Montgomery Street to Dexter Avenue and all of Dexter Avenue.