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Montgomery City Council Members

Oct 14, 2015

Montgomery Probate Judge Stephen Reed says results from the Montgomery municipal and runoff elections have been officially certified.  Fred Bell, Brantley Lyons and William Green will officially take their seats on the City Council next month.  During Tuesday's city council meeting, Mayor Todd Strange said a orientation session starts Wednesday's morning.  Montgomery City Council members Tuesday night heard from activist Rose McCall, a member of the Montgomery Transportation Coalition.  McCall is urging city officials to consider adding routes to the VA Hospital and the Hyundai auto plant.

Closed Driver's License Offices May Reopen

Oct 13, 2015

The Bentley administration is considering a plan that would reopen 31 driver's license offices in rural counties.  The media website Al.com reports Governor Robert Bentley is seeking input from legislators on a proposal called a bridge loan that would take money from the governor's emergency fund to pay for staffing at offices that were closed by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.  The driver's licenses office closing have come under fire from black lawmakers who say 11 of the 31 offices targeted are located in Black Belt counties.  

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Teenage Shooting Suspect In Custody

Oct 13, 2015

Montgomery Police say a teenage male is in custody in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon on Ann Street that sent an adult male  and a 9-year-old boy to the hospital.  17-year-old Grenden Jordan of Montgomery faces attempted murder, second degree assault and reckless endangerment charges.  He was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond.  

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Judge Sides With Death Row Inmates

Oct 12, 2015

A federal judge says the state of Alabama may not use a large dose of a sedatives to execute five death row inmates.  U.S. District Judge William Keith Watkins issues an order last week denying the state's request to dismiss lawsuits from the death row inmates who have challenged Alabama's three-drug lethal injection procedure.  Judge Watkins ordered the five inmates lawsuits to be combined.  A status conference for the combined case is scheduled for November 4th.  

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New School Buses in Montgomery

Oct 9, 2015

The Montgomery County School Board approved the purchase of 15 new school buses.  At a Thursday meeting, board members voted to spend slightly more than one million dollars.  The school board also approved allowing a church organization to sell a tract of land in Pike Road they purchased in 1970.  The school board agreed to remove a provision that prevented the land from being used for educational purposes.  

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Weekend Deployment Preparations

Oct 9, 2015

An Air National Guard unit based at Montgomery's Dannelly Field is preparing to deploy to eastern Europe for a training exercise.  150 Airmen and 8 fighters jets from the 187th Fighter Wing will depart today for Romania.  The 187th will train with the Romanian Air Force for about one month.  Another Alabama National Guard unit, the 214th Military Police Company in Alexander City also was called to active duty this week.  The unit's 140 soldiers will deploy to the military facility at Guantanomo Bay, Cuba.

Bentley Meets With Black Legislators About Closings

Oct 8, 2015

The controversy over the closings of driver's license offices in rural counties appears to be growing.  Wednesday, Governor Bentley met with black legislators and Reverend Jesse Jackson.  Bentley said he will work with lawmakers to find solutions.  Reverend Jackson was critical of the governor for calling Alabama Congressman Terri Sewell "impulsive" after she called for a federal probe.  Lawmakers says 11 of the 31 satellite offices that were closed are located in Black Belt counties.  

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Members of the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus along with civil rights leader, the Reverend Jesse Jackson held press conferences in Birmingham and Montgomery Wednesday protesting the closure of 31 driver's license offices.  The group contends that the closures will impact voters in rural and poor counties by making it harder for them to obtain driver's licenses.  Democratic Representative Louise Alexander of Bessemer says the governor and secretary of State's argument that people can get photos IDs from probate judges and board of registrars is a non-starter.

New Faces on Montgomery City Council

Oct 7, 2015

The Montgomery City Council has new faces they are: Brantley Lyons in District 2; William Green Jr. in District 5 and Fred Bell in District 6.  Two incumbents C.C. Calhoun and Jon Dow were beaten in Tuesday's municipal runoff.  David Burkette defeated businessman William Boyd to win re-election and retain his seat in District 4.  

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State to Receive Billions in BP Settlement

Oct 5, 2015

Attorney General Luther Strange says Alabama will receive around $2 billion under terms of a settlement arising from the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Justice Department and four other Gulf Coast states will receive a share of a $20 billion payout from BP.  The deal announced Monday resolves all civil claims against BP and ends five years of legal fighting.  

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