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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.

Officials Investigate Tallassee Fire

May 5, 2016

Fire investigators say the blaze that destroyed a mill in Tallassee overnight is suspicious in nature.  The vacant Mount Vernon Mill was consumed by flames starting around 11 o'clock last night.  It took nearly 100 firefighters to bring the fire under control.  Fortunately there have been no reports of injuries, although several people were evacuated from nearby homes as a precaution.  A cause has not been determined but officials on the scene say the fire is suspicious because the building was vacant and has been targeted by vandals in the past.

National Day of Prayer Held in Montgomery

May 5, 2016

Thursday has been recognized as National Day of Prayer and Montgomery City and local leaders gathered to attend the annual Montgomery Prayer Breakfast at RSA Activity Center.  The event has become a tradition for the River Region, focused on strengthening prayer, particularly in the community.  Director of Ministry, Billy Irvin served as the Master of Ceremony and he says the day offers everyone an opportunity to unite as one.  This year, local leaders will participate in a Bible Reading Marathon with 72 continuous hours being read beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelations.  

Deadly Shooting in Montgomery

May 5, 2016

Police have released the name of the victim in a Wednesday homicide.  Investigators say 22-year-old Demetrius Kelly of Montgomery was found shot to death in the 100 block of Kiwanis Street at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.  No arrests have been made.  The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation. Police are asking for anyone with information on the incident to call them at 625-2831, the Secret Witness line, which is 262-4000, or Crimestoppers at 215-STOP.  

National Security Forum in Montgomery

May 4, 2016

Almost 150 community leaders from around the U.S. have gathered at Maxwell Air Force Base this week for the 63rd Air University National Security Forum.  The three-day event is designed to provide civilians an opportunity to become more informed on international security topics.   The forum runs through Thursday at the Air War College.  

Ex-girlfriend of Captured Fugitive Arrested

May 4, 2016

The former girlfriend of a recently captured fugitive has now been placed under arrest.  U.S. Marshals say Kisha Johnson rendered aid to Raymond Pruitt while he was carrying out his multi-state crime spree last month.  In an ironic twist, she was actually the first victim of his violent tear.  Police say Pruitt stabbed and shot her and then fled in her vehicle on April 5th. Over the next two weeks Pruitt is alleged to have committed five robberies in Alabama and a robbery and murder in Florida.  U.S. Marshals now say during that time Johnson communicated with Pruitt and gave him money.

Lawmakers are continuing to disagree over how much of the state's oil spill settlement funds should go to road projects and how much to the Gulf coast.  The feud on Tuesday threatened to doom legislation doling out the settlement dollars.  A Senate budget committee was scheduled to vote Tuesday on legislation to use $191 million for coastal road projects and $450 million for state debt repayment.  However, Sen. Arthur Orr said the money was intended to compensate the entire state.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's $800 million prison construction plan is headed to a conference committee as the clock winds down on the legislative session.  State senators voted 28-5 Tuesday night to send the bill to a conference committee.  Bentley is trying to win approval of the plan before the session ends Wednesday.  Bentley is seeking to borrow $800 million to build three new mega-prisons for men, housing up to 4,000 inmates each, and one new women's prison.  Most existing prisons would close under the plan.  The House of Representatives and Senate have both approved the concept.