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Population of Montgomery in Decline

May 26, 2017

   Montgomery has maintained its berth as the second largest city in the state, but according to the latest census report the city’s numbers have been in decline. As of 2016, Montgomery had a population of 200,022 residents. That’s a drop of more than 800 from the previous year. Huntsville has overtaken Mobile to become Alabama's third-largest city. The north Alabama city is home to 193,079 people. That surpasses Mobile's estimated population of 192,904. Huntsville is the only one of the state's four largest cities that is growing.

Spike's Blues: The end of an era

May 26, 2017

One of the longest running programs on WVAS-FM is making its final run tonight. Spike's Blues, hosted by Spike Graham also known as Richard Lee Young is ending production of its regular programming. The show first premiered on WVAS in 1994 and listeners could hear a variety of blues from the Mississippi Delta, local blues artists, traditional blues and modern day blues. Young, an accomplished musician himself who formed the Spike Graham Orchestra will be embarking on other endeavors.

Selma City Schools Superintendent Resigns

May 24, 2017

   Dr. Angela Mangum has tendered her resignation as Superintendent of Selma City Schools. The school board accepted her letter of resignation. The action comes after Mangum was placed on leave recently after board members discovered she was a finalist for the superintendent position in the town of Pike Road. Selma school officials claim she failed to notify the board of her pursuit for outside employment as stipulated in her contract. Mangum did not land the Pike Road job. The board has begun making plans to find a replacement. 

New Food Vendor Chosen By Alabama State University

May 23, 2017

   The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has approved a contract with a new food vendor. The board voted yesterday to contract with the Aramark Corporation which has its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The current contract with Gourmet Food Services was not renewed and is set to expire May 31st. Board members did not specify why Aramark was chosen from five companies that were considered. A committee had reviewed the five vendors, including Gourmet Food Services, and made a recommendation to ASU’s President, who reportedly took that recommendation to the board.

Record Rain Falls on Montgomery Saturday

May 22, 2017

   Flash flood watches extend across a half-dozen states as torrential rains are expected in many areas of the South. The National Weather Service says there are flash flood watches in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Weekend rains have saturated the ground. Montgomery recorded over 8 inches of rain Saturday, which shattered the record for that date. The most rain that had fallen on May 20th before Saturday was two inches.

Montgomery Police Make Arrest in Weekend Homicide

May 19, 2017

   A Montgomery man is facing capital murder charges in a weekend homicide. Police say they have charged 32 year old Larry McCall Jr. in the shooting death of 56 year old Carl Barnes. He was found with a fatal gunshot wound in the 100 block of West Patton Avenue Saturday night. In a release, detectives say they are still investigating the case and that no other information is being made available at this time. McCall was placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under no bond.

Education Budget Passes Alabama Legislature

May 18, 2017

The state education budget is on its way to Governor Kay Ivey. Lawmakers in the state Senate and House of Representatives this morning gave final approval to the $6.4 billion education trust fund. The budget, if signed into law, would keep state schools mostly funded at the same levels as this fiscal year but provides some increases for K-12 and other programs. The bill provides money to hire another 152 teachers in fourth through sixth grades. It would also give a $13 million increase to the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Tensions over redistricting are straining the final days of the legislative session. The Republican majority is poised to give final approval to new legislative districts over the objections of Democrats. The Legislative Black Caucus on Tuesday said the Republican majority has not treated Democrats fairly and the proposed map is racially gerrymandered to entrench GOP dominance. Black lawmakers promised to slow down House and Senate debate. Filibusters are one of the few maneuvers the minority party has to influence legislation.

   Civil rights activist Dr. Gwendolyn Patton will be remembered this week at several services. Patton passed away last week at the age of 73. The Freedom Fighter championed numerous causes in her life as an activist. She became the first female student government association president at Tuskegee University. She was a founding member of the Alabama Democratic Conference, the National Rainbow Coalition, the National Anti-War, Anti-Draft Union and the National Association of Black Students.

Montgomery Police Investigate a Saturday Homicide

May 15, 2017

   An adult male was found shot to death in Montgomery over the weekend. In a statement, police report that the man was fatally shot in the 100 block of West Patton Avenue around 10 o’clock Saturday night. His name has not been released. Any details on what may have led to the shooting or any possible suspects have not been given. Police are asking that anyone with information on the fatal shooting to call police at 625-2831 or the Secret Witness line at 625-4-thousand or CrimeStoppers, which is 215-STOP.