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November Movie Features ASU Band

Jun 2, 2016

The Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets band can be seen on the big screen in November.  The band recently filmed a scene for the movie "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" starring Vin Diesel, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker.  It tells the story of 19-year-old Billy Lynn, coming home for a victory tour after a battle in Iraq.  The band performs two songs by Destiny's Child in a halftime scene.  The film is scheduled for release in the U.S. on November 11th. 

Slander Suit Against Four Perry County Residents

Jun 2, 2016

Activists are asking a court to dismiss a $30 million slander suit filed by the owners of a huge landfill in Alabama.  The American Civil Liberties Union filed court documents for the four Perry County residents saying they are only exercising their First Amendment rights in complaining about Arrowhead Landfill.  The Georgia-based landfill owners sued in April claiming they're being slandered by protests over 4 million tons of coal ash shipped to the landfill after a spill in Tennessee.  

Montgomery Summer Jobs Program

Jun 2, 2016

The city of Montgomery is giving young people a chance to participate in the 2016 Summer Jobs Program.  The pilot program is designed for student's ages 17-21 years old.  City officials selected 100 high school and college students out of 300 applicants.  Councilman Tracy Larkin says the jobs provide exposure and hands on experience for the students.  The jobs range from working at the local library, Montgomery Zoo and even city hall.  City officials say they hope to expand into the private sector next year. 

Proposed Payday Loan Regulations

Jun 2, 2016

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released new proposed regulations on the payday loan industry.  The new rules include requiring lenders to decide whether borrowers can afford to repay their loans and stopping repeat debit attempts.  The proposal and its impact on Alabama was the focus of a press call held today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the national "Stop the Debt Trap" coalition.  Officials in Alabama are urging residents to leave comments and experiences on the CFPB's website.  

Stolen Police Patrol Car Recovered

May 31, 2016

Birmingham police have found a stolen patrol car but still are looking for the person who took and crashed it.  Media outlets report an officer responding to a burglary call left the vehicle running, and a possible suspect in the burglary took the car after being chased by the officer.  Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards says the man crashed the care in a wooded area a few blocks away and then ran away.  Police still are searching for the man suspected in the burglary and police car theft.  

Motorcylist Dies in Traffic Accident

May 31, 2016

A hit and run wreck, involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle, has claimed the life of a motorcyclist, according to the Montgomery Police Department.  Officers responded to the intersection of Coliseum Boulevard and Federal Drive around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday in reference to an accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle.  The motorcyclist was transported to UAB in Birmingham with life-threatening injuries.  On Monday, police confirmed that the motorcyclist died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

Police Investigate Area Shootings

May 31, 2016

Montgomery police are investigating five separate shootings that killed two people and injured five others in the span of four days.  Police said in a news release that seven people were shot in the city over the Memorial Day weekend, beginning late Friday.  Both fatalities occurred after an early Monday shooting in southeastern Montgomery.  Police say one man was pronounced dead at the scene, while another man died at a hospital.  None of the victims' identities has been released by authorities and no one is in custody in connection to any of the shootings.  

Heart Problem Linked to Teen's Death

May 27, 2016

A coroner says a 13-year-old who collapsed at her school's field day died of a heart problem.  St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell says natural causes are to blame for the death of Maddison Wentworth of Pell City.  The sixth grader was playing tug-of-war with other students during field day at Williams Intermediate School when she collapsed on May 19th.  School nurses and paramedics tried to revive the girl, but she was later pronounced dead at a hospital.  

First Week of Ethics Trial Wraps Up

May 27, 2016

The first week of the felony ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard wraps up today.  Prosecutors expect to call as many as nine witnesses on this day.  The testimony is expected to relate to Hubbard's consulting contract with a gas utility in southeast Alabama.  Yesterday State Medicaid officials said they opposed Medicaid language temporarily inserted in the 2013 budget that could have benefited a client of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Deadly Traffic Accident in Autauga County

May 27, 2016

One man was killed in a traffic accident in Autauga County yesterday.  State Troopers say the single-vehicle wreck happened on County Road 83, about two miles east of Burnsville.  They say a tractor trailer rig left the roadway and overturned, killing the driver.  He's been identified as 41-year-old Chuckie Wayne Smith of Randolph.  Troopers report that Smith was not using a seat belt and was partially ejected.  The crash apparently occurred just before 1 p.m.  Authorities have not said what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.  

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