The two sides involved in a legal squabble over a controversial state law that allows school tax credits are gearing up for the appeals process. On Wednesday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional. Attorneys representing state officials and two families that use the law filed a request Thursday for the judge to put the ruling on hold while they appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court. Democratic state Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery said the judge made the proper ruling. Senator Ross said he's cautiously optimistic that a high
The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved a new organizational structure that allows Superintendent Margaret Allen to hire five executive directors whose duties will include overseeing various education programs and the school system's principals. At a Wednesday session, the school board voted unanimously to approve the changes as part of a long range strategic plan. The Montgomery County School Board also approved the hiring of Emily Little to serve as the new principal of Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School. Little currently serves as the principal of Dannelly Elementary S
The Alabama Accountability Act has been ruled unconstitutional by a Montgomery judge. Circuit Judge Gene Reese Wednesday struck down the law that allows families to receive tax credits when moving their children from failing public schools to private schools. He said it violates the state Constitution's requirement for the Legislature to have only one subject in a bill. When the Act passed in 2013, it had been added onto a law intended to give local school systems more flexibility. The law was challenged in court by members of the state teachers' organization. A group defending the Ala
Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release today. She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography " I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller. She was 86.
Alabama State Troopers say none of three people who died in Memorial Day weekend crashes were wearing seatbelts. Sgt. Steve Jarrett said in a statement Tuesday that state troopers investigated three fatal wrecks between Friday evening and early Monday morning. The accidents were reported in Jackson, Shelby and Wilcox counties. Troopers do not handle traffic deaths in city limits, so those totals are not included in this count.
Various ceremonies were held Monday in River Region communities to mark Memorial Day. Large crowds honored the nation's fallen veterans at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Facility on Perry Hill Road. Another ceremony at the Autauga County Courthouse was sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. At the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Birmingham Congressman Spencer Bachus, who worked for years for funding for the cemetery, was among the speakers at a ceremony in Shelby County.
The Alabama State University Board of Trustees approved the new organizational chart Friday proposed by president Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd. Dr. Boyd says she's pleased to have a vote of confidence and believes this new chart is a major step in the right direction.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st. Tuesday, at press conference held by Governor Robert Bentley about hurricane season preparedness, Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director, Art Faulkner urged the public to start planning now. Faulkner said numerous agencies will be conducting natural disaster exercises this week.
The Montgomery City Council approved ordinances at its Tuesday meeting that allows nightclubs to employ armed security guards. The new city law goes into in 90 days. The ordinance had been under debate since a fatal shooting last December at the now-closed Centennial Hill Bar and Grill on Highland Avenue.
Council members also approved a city law to regulate the location of future title pawn and payday loan stores in Montgomery.