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MPD Urges Pedestrian Safety

Jul 16, 2015

The deaths of three pedestrians on Montgomery streets this year has prompted police to urge people to exercise common sense at busy intersections.  Montgomery Police Sgt. Brian Champlin says a pedestrian must remember that drivers are easily distracted.  Sgt. Champlin also says a pedestrian who illegally crosses a street could face a disorderly conduct charge.  

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Alabama is seeking to proceed with executions after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a drug that the state plans to begin using in lethal injections.  The state attorney general's office asked a federal judge in U.S. District Court filing Monday to dismiss a death row inmate's lawsuit claiming the sedative Midazolam is ineffective.  A divided Supreme Court last month ruled 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the same drug can be used in executions without violating the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

State Senator Proposes Unified Budgets

Jul 14, 2015

A state senator wants to see the Education and General fund budgets unified into one, with all earmarks removed from revenue streams.  Republican Paul Bussman of Cullman says he will file legislation to that effect during the special session that resumes in August.  His plan also including spending caps on Medicaid and Corrections, which he says should assure education supporters that a raid on the ETF wouldn't be the end result.  Additionally, the plan would make changes to the Rolling Reserve Act and establish scheduled reviews of state agency spending.  


Jul 14, 2015

The board of trustees of the licensee of WVAS-FM, Alabama State University, will hold committee meetings on Friday, August 28, 2015, beginning at 9 a.m. More information is available at (334)229-4202.


Jul 14, 2015

The board of trustees of the licensee of WVAS-FM, Alabama State University, will meet on Friday, September 25, 2015, at 1 p.m.  More information is available at (334)229-4202.

2015 Special Legislative Session

Jul 10, 2015

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the state must solve a budget crisis to avoid deep cuts in government services.  Bentley says he is seeking "fair minimal taxes" including a cigarette tax increase, changes to business privilege taxes, and either a soft drink tax or small changes to a state income tax deduction.  Bentley says he believes voters are adamantly opposed to the funding cuts in state parks, Medicaid and mental health that will happen Oct. 1st without new revenue.  

Flynn Arrest

Montgomery Man Accused of Killing Father

Jul 8, 2015

A Montgomery man is accused of murdering his father.  Police said 26-year-old Antuan Franklin has been charged with murder in connection with last Tuesday's stabbing death of 55-year-old Jimmy Brazzle.  Police said the victim was slain in the 600 block of Buckingham Drive.  According to authorities the fatal stabbing stemmed from an ongoing dispute.  Franklin is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

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Family Gets New Home Following Tragedy

Jul 7, 2015

A west Montgomery community is helping a family who lost two children in a house fire in January.  A groundbreaking was held Monday on Alexander Street.  Jessica Byrd is getting a new house courtesy of Whitehurst Construction Company, businessman William Boyd and others.  In January, a house fire claimed the lives of Byrd's two children, ages 3 and one month old, a third child, a two-year-old suffered severe burns.  Montgomery Fire officials said a toaster oven caused the blaze.  Construction on the new house is expected to take about 90 days to complete.  

Alabama to Receive $2.3 Billion in BP Settlement

Jul 2, 2015

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and the State Attorney General Luther Strange announced Thursday a settlement with BP over damages from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Alabama is set to receive $2.3 billion.  The settlement resolves years of litigation between BP and five Gulf Coast states.  Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon, who say his resort community devastated by the disaster, is leery of how the money will be spent.

British Petroleum $18.7 Billion Settlement

Jul 2, 2015

Officials in four Gulf states, including Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange, have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with British Petroleum.  A settlement that resolves years of court battles over the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  The settlement was also announced this morning in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.  It comes as a federal judge in New Orleans is preparing to rule on how much money BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties.  The spill sent over 125 million gallons of oil into Gulf waters.  

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